Duration: 15 days
Countries: Kenya and Tanzania
Departures: Nairobi any day ends at Nairobi or Outbound at KIA
Destination: Nairobi/ Rioki Museum/ Local School visits/ Bomas of Kenya/ Giraffe Center/ David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust/ Mombasa beaches/ Bombolulu workshop/ Haller/ Fort Jesus/ Jumba la mtwana/ Tsavo West National Park/ Lake Jipe/ Marangu/ Arusha National Park/ Shanga for Sustainable Learning/ East Africa Community/ Kukuletwa hot spring/ Maasai village
Activities and attractions: light game viewing, birdlife, Wildlife, cultural immersions and exchange, big five, various sceneries and landscapes, dhow cruise, beach games, enjoy Kenya’s Madaraka express, get up close with some of the major wildlife, swimming.
Accommodation- Hostels and home stays; Contact us for more options
Day 1: Arrival at Kenya
On arrival, the group will be picked from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport at Nairobi City, Kenya and taken to our next home for four nights. The type of accommodation used in different places throughout the tour is hostel/ home stays but can be changed to suit group needs. We shall arrive at our Nairobi hostel to relax and acclimatize as we wait for dinner and overnight.
Day 2: Rioki Cultural Center and Nairobi City tour
You shall arise and shine. Take breakfast then depart to Rioki Agikuyu museum located in the outskirts of Nairobi at Kiambu Sub County. You will travel through Ndumberi, Tinganga and Ikinu Villages to Karia Village passing through lush and green agricultural area with banana plantations and coffee trees until you reach Rioki Cultural Centre.
Upon arrival, we shall have a tour around a typical Agikuyu homestead and learn about Agikuyu culture and enjoy the cultural show and dances. You will enjoy the traditional Agikuyu cuisine by lunch time. The foods include Mukimo (pounded maize and pumpkin leaves), Nyama Choma (grilled/ roast beef), Agikuyu porridge and Muratina (local brew).
After lunch we shall travel back to Nairobi City Center tour where we shall see the parliament buildings, Kenyatta International Conference Centre which is the landmark of Nairobi (KICC) and the 7th memorial park bomblast, you will visit a local market where you can bargain and shop for arts and crafts etc. You shall end city tour to return back to Nairobi hostel. Enjoy dinner and relax for overnight.
Day 3: Nairobi School and Bomas of Kenya
Arise and shine, take breakfast and be ready to depart to your Nairobi school counterpart for a cultural exchange program. The group will then depart to Bomas of Kenya where we shall first have picnic lunch, before attending the cultural show and Kenya traditional homesteads. Bomas of Kenya has different aspects of Kenyan culture displayed including living styles, crafts, music and dancing. The word Bomas was derived from “Boma”-a Swahili word for enclosed homestead and there are now many different “Bomas”, each one representing one of Kenya’s major ethnic groups. There are exciting traditional dances and acrobatic show which starts at 2.30pm to 4.00pm during weekdays and 3.30pm to 5.15pm weekends and public holidays
Day 4. Giraffe Center and David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage
This will be a day to learn about the Environment and its importance to our lives. You should rise and shine, take breakfast and be ready to depart to visit the Giraffe Center. Here we shall have an introductory lecture and proceed to hand feed giraffes. The tour gives a completely up close and personal interaction where you have the opportunity to view giraffes as well as feed them.
You will then proceed to the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage. Once here you will view orphaned baby elephants. This is a world class conservation organization and the premier authority on the successful raising of milk–dependent infant elephant and rhino orphans. During this hour the baby elephants are brought out to play and to feed, and visitors can watch them from behind a rope. The elephants can also walk around the rope and visitors can have a golden opportunity to touch and feel the elephants. Return to hostel to prepare for the next day departure.
Day 5. Travel to Mombasa.
Arise and shine to ensure that we are ready to depart early to catch us with madaraka express. Ensure you park enough items that you will need throughout the day in a back pack because we shall arrive Mombasa before our bus that will be carrying the rest of luggage. On this day we shall enjoy a train cruise that will pass though several counties/ towns and Tsavo national park. The cruise takes 4hrs.30 mins to arrive Mombasa by 2.00 pm. We shall have our picnic lunch on board. The tour to Mombasa will help us learn about the coastal people/ society, coastal environment and the economic activities.
Once in Mombasa we shall proceed to check in hostel. Relax a bit and acclimatize to the high temperatures in Mombasa. Ensure you take a lot of water to remain dehydrated.
After resting, we should depart at 4.00 pm to go for a sun downer dinner dhow cruise. The dhow cruise involves cruising with a dhow in ocean. While on board, we shall be able to enjoy or see various places in Mombasa Island for example the Fort Jesus Museum and coral reefs. Dinner will be served while on board as you enjoy the sun downer. Once you return off shore, we shall proceed back to hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 6. Bombolulu workshop/ Beach games and walk.
On this day you will arise and shine and take breakfast. Depart at 9.00 to visit Bombolulu workshop. Here you will learn that disability is not in ability and see the talent of people living with disability. Group members make a variety of items to include jewelry, leather works, clothes and wood carvings. Those interested can try making some of products. Visitors are allowed to purchase items of choice. After the tour we shall proceed back to hotel and go to the beach.
We shall leave the workshop to proceed to Bamburi beach. While at the beach, you can engage in several activities for example; walking, carmel rides, swimming and shopping. We shall also be able to identify some of marine life for example coral reefs, fish that swim near the beach, insects and shells of various marine life. You shall also indulge in beach team building activities and sports of choice for example beach football, handball or athletic
Day 7: Jumba la Mtwana and Haller Park
Arise and shine and take breakfast between. You shall then depart to go to Jumba la Mtwana Museum at Kilifi County to learn about Swahili culture and slave trade. The Swahili people (or plural Waswahili) are an ethnic and cultural group inhabiting East Africa. The name Jumba la Mtwana means in Swahili “the large house of the slave”. Within this area four mosques, a tomb and four houses have survived in recognizable condition. The inhabitants of this town were mainly Muslims as evidence by a number of ruined mosques.
You shall depart Jumba la Mtwana to proceed to Haller Park. At Haller Park we shall first have picnic lunch before starting to view various wildlife as they are being fed. The activities here include feeding giraffes, wildlife viewing and learning about conservation. The animals here are fed in afternoon. Haller Park is a rehabilitation project of a former quarry site owned by La Farge, an international group of cement factory. The sanctuary is home for wild animals, different species of birds and other tropical flora. Eland, buffalos, crocodiles and other reptiles can be seen wandering with crowned cranes. Other attractions in the Park include porcupines, peacocks, a snake park, fish farm, crocodile farm, giraffes, zebras, famous giant tortoises, hippos. We shall depart Haller Park for dinner and overnight at the hostel.
Day 8. Fort Jesus and Old Town
Arise and shine and take breakfast. You shall depart to go and explore the Fort Jesus Museum and the Mombasa old town. The Fort Jesus tour should last about 3 hours. At Fort Jesus, you can see old canons, peer over the battlements and slatted windows and look around the museum with interesting relics and information. Children will enjoy running in and out of the ancient rooms and climbing to the top of towers! Fort Jesus was built in 1593 by the Portuguese and the site was chosen as an entrance to the harbor. It was once used as a barracks and also as prison by the British during the colonial rule.
The Mombasa Old Town is a suburb of Mombasa. The Old Town covers an area of 72 hectares (180 acres), and is inhabited by a mix of local, Arab and Asian settlers. Through the tour, you will learn how the Arabs built their towns/ cities. At the entrance of the old town is a coffee pot and cup, a gift to Mombasa which was built by Mr Burhan Ali Taher in 1988. Next to the coffee pot there is a remnant of the original trolley track which was laid in 1890. We shall also be able to see the wood carvings of Arabs and have an opportunity to do shopping. We shall end the tour and return to our hostel early to park all our belongings, and for dinner and overnight.
Day 9. Mombasa to Tsavo West
This is a day of checking out of our Mombasa hostel. We shall arise, shine and take breakfast and depart to Tsavo West. Our journey will take 3 hours without traffic and 4 hours with traffic. We shall pass outside Voi town to enter Tsavo West using Maktau gate. On arrival at Tsavo West, we shall explore this park through game drives as we have stop over at Mzima Springs and Shetani lava. Shetani, meaning devil in Swahili, was the name given by locals to the vast flow of lava that spurted from the earth forming what is now an 8km mass of solidified lava, chunks of magma and curving caves. A tour at Tsavo will give us opportunity to learn about the Semi- arid environment, the living components and there adaptions. We shall have picnic lunch at Mzima Springs.
Tsavo West is a beautiful, rugged wilderness. The savannah ecosystem comprises of open grasslands, scrublands, and Acacia woodlands, belts of riverine vegetation and rocky ridges. Tsavo West offers some of the most magnificent game viewing and attractions include elephant, rhino, Hippos, lions, cheetah, leopards, Buffalos, diverse plant and bird species including the threatened corncrake and near threatened Basra Reed Warbler.
After the game drive, we shall exit the park and check in and relax in our hotel near Lake Jipe for dinner and overnight. Relax in your room as you listen to movement/ noises of wildlife as they come to drink water at the lake.
Day 10. Travel Tsavo West to Moshi- Tanzania
You shall arise, shine and take breakfast and check out of hotel. Before departing, the group will have a boat excursion at Lake Jipe which should take about one hour. This lake (pronounced ji-pay) lies at the extreme southwestern end of Tsavo West park. You will be able to identify hippo and crocodile. Huge herds of elephants come to the lake to drink, and it’s particularly good for wildlife near the end of the dry season. The lake also hosts large flocks of migratory birds from February to May.
After boat excursion, we shall proceed to Moshi, Tanzania via Taveta border town. It is time to bid farewell to Kenya as we cross to Tanzania, ready to explore Moshi and Arusha. After border crossing we shall travel to Moshi town and check in hostel for dinner and overnight.
Day 11. Tanzania School Visit and Kikuletwa Hot Spring
You shall arise and shine in morning and take breakfast. Our first excursion in Tanzania will start by a visit to a school where you shall learn about the tribes and culture of Tanzania, more so the Chagga people. After interacting and learning from our counter parts in Tanzania, We shall go for adventure at Kikuletwa hotspring in Rundugai Village. You will travel through off beaten roads leading to mesmerizing paradise of Kikuletwa Hot Springs. On arrival we shall first take the picnic packed lunch before walking or taking a swim in this natural spring. The spring is surrounded by amazing roots of fig trees looks like a hidden paradise. This place is never crowded by people, and the chances are, you will have the natural pool just for yourself! Although called hot spring, water in Kikuletwa is not hot, but rather refreshing since the water comes from Kilimanjaro Mountain. We shall depart Kikuletwa Hot Spring and travel back to hostel for dinner and overnight.
Day 12. Marangu Village Cultural tour
You shall arise and shine and take breakfast. We shall then depart for a full day tour at Marangu Village in Moshi. The area around Marangu is home to the local Chagga tribe and you will learn all about their history and traditions on this full day excursion. We shall drive to Marangu Gate (1900m), the starting point for all Kilimanjaro treks via the Marangu Route. You will have the opportunity to take pictures of the mighty Mt. Kilimanjaro and get a sense of the spirit of the mountain.
Our second stop will be visit a small coffee farm, where you will learn about the coffee is grown, harvested and processed locally. You will also try your own hand at processing, roasting and preparing a fresh cup of coffee. Once you have finished enjoying your coffee break, we will depart for the Ndoro Waterfalls. Our hike to the base of the waterfall will lead us through lush green landscape and the descend takes approximately 1 hour. Here you have the opportunity to relax and take a refreshing bath in the pool of the waterfall. Our tour also includes a chagga culinary taste, when we shall stop for lunch in a small restaurant. Here you will be served a traditional hot meal, later you will also have the chance to try the local spirits such as banana beer and wine.
Another highlight will be the visit to the Chagga Underground Caves and the Chagga Live Museum. In times of drought the Maasai migrated up the lower slopes of Kilimanjaro, in search of food and water. They enslaved and killed the local Chagga people. In defense of these attacks the Chagga built an extensive network of underground caves. We then continue to spend some time at the Chagga Live Museum, a small outdoor museum, which will give you further insides into traditional chagga life. After the day we shall return for dinner and overnight at the hostel.
Day 13. EAC Head quarter/ Arusha Cultural Center/ Shanga Shanga for Sustainable Learning
On this day we shall spent at Arusha town, learning and shopping. After arising and shining. We shall take breakfast then depart to Arusha town. We shall first visit The East African Community (EAC) office. EAC is a regional intergovernmental organization of six (6) Partner States, comprising Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda, with its headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania. At EAC, we shall learn/ receive lecture about an over view of East Africa. We shall learn about Climate, Environment, Society, major tribes, Economic Activities and partnerships within the East Africa States. After here we shall go to Arusha Cultural Center.
While at Arusha Cultural Center, we shall go through the workshops and shops here to learn about Art and Culture from Tanzania and Africa. This center is a mix of art gallery, curio shops and other shops. There are contemporary art and antiques- masks, sculptures and ritual furniture. The building itself is an architectural landmark. You will enjoy viewing Art pieces in the Gallery and see interesting artifacts and learn about Tanzanite and see other items. Visitors are allowed to purchase items. We shall take our picnic lunch here.
We shall spent the whole afternoon at Shanga. You will learn how to turn waste/ litter to useful products. Shanga Shanga is a successful social enterprise which employs people with disabilities to create unique, high-quality, handmade jewellery, glassware and homeware using recycled materials. These products are sold in Tanzania and all over the world, with profits being reinvested back into development of new products and further employment of disabled people. We shall depart from Shanga to return to Moshi for dinner and overnight at our hostel.
Day 14. Arusha National Park/ Tanzania Maasai Village
We shall arise and shine and depart at 7.30 am after breakfast to travel to Arusha National park. This tour will give us a break from learning of culture and it is an opportunity to learn about Wildlife in Tanzania. The journey from Moshi to the park should take about one and half hours. In the park, we shall engage in game drive as we spot the wildlife varieties found here and the physical features surrounding the park as described below. At the end of game drive, we shall depart to Maasai Village
At Maasai Cultural Village & Museum, we have opportunity to learn about Maasai people who inhabit both Kenya and Tanzania. You will spend part of your time visiting local homes and learn Maasai way of life, livestock keeping, food & drinks used by Maasai, herding, house construction and participate in their traditional dances. Upon arrival you will be welcomed by the Maasai welcome dance then walk round the village. A midst our visit here, we shall have maasai cuisine served to give us energy required for the rest of afternoon. You can also shop the traditional jewellery made by Maasai women in this village. Our day will end when we shall depart and travel back to Moshi for dinner and overnight at our hostel.
Day 15. Travel to Nairobi
Return to Nairobi to join your outbound flight or transfer to KIA to catch up with your out bound flight.
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