Itinerary


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DAY 1: Nairobi

  • Arrive into Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi where we will have a driver waiting for you. Spend the evening learning about the impact of colonialism.

  • Relax and recover from jet lag

     Learning Focus:

  • Welcome and what to expect

  • Colonial history of Kenya and post-colonial issues

DAY 2: Nairobi

  • Breakfast at the hotel followed by a trip to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust to visit with orphaned baby elephants as they take mud baths

  • Get up close and personal to Rothschild Giraffes at the Giraffe Conservation Center where we will have lunch

  • After lunch visit Kawangware and learn about poverty in Nairobi and the work being done by local organizations

  • In the evening, enjoy dinner in the home of a local family and see what middle-class life is like in Nairobi

     Learning Focus:

  • Wildlife conservation

  • The complexities of poverty in Nairobi

  • Cross-cultural dialogue

DAY 3: Loita Hills

  • Enjoy views of the Great Rift Valley as we travel to Loita Hills, just outside of the Maasai Mara

  • Spend the rest of the day immersed in Maasai culture at a small, environmentally-sensitive retreat owned and operated by Maasai from the nearby village of Maji Moto

  • Optional activities include:

    • Nature and cultural walk with Maasai

    • Wildlife tracking

    • Swimming in the natural hot springs

  • All structures at the facility are built Maasai-style using only local materials such as branches and stalks, grass, and stone and meals are locally sourced

     Learning Focus:

  • Good vs. harmful tourism

  • Tribal realities in Kenya

  • Introduction to rural life

 DAY 4: Loita Hills

  • With a packed breakfast and lunch from camp we will head out early for a full day of game driving at the amazing Maasai Mara National Reserve

  • Return for dinner and one last night at camp

     Learning Focus:

  • Introduction to East African wildlife

DAY 5: Transfer to the Coast

  • After breakfast at the camp, return to Nairobi where we will catch a quick flight to the coast

  • Spend the afternoon and evening relaxing at our ocean-front hotel within the Watamu Marine National Park and Reserve

     Learning Focus:

  • History of the Swahili Coast

DAY 6: Mido Creek

  • Enjoy breakfast at our hotel along the ocean before heading out in dugout canoes for a day on the water and exploring ruins within a local island village

  • Keep an eye out for baboons as we eat our picnic lunch on the island before heading back to Watamu

     Learning Focus:

  • History of the Swahili Coast

  • Realities of life for rural Kenyans

DAY 7: Watamu

  • Breakfast at our hotel followed by a meeting with local Imams

  • Spend the day relaxing at the beach or catch a tuk tuk into town for some souvenir shopping

  • Optional visit to local recycling/art project

     Learning Focus:

  • Muslim/Christian relations and religious tolerance

  • Environmental issues in coastal regions

DAY 8: Lumo Conservancy

  • Depart after breakfast for a drive along Mombasa Road to Lion’s Bluff Eco-Lodge

  • Afternoon game drive followed by dinner at the lodge

  • Lion’s Bluff Eco-Lodge was conceived and built by the local Taita community

     Learning Focus:

  • Economic development and international aid in Africa

  • Sustainable tourism and conservation

DAY 9: Lumo Conservancy

  • Breakfast at the lodge and time to relax

  • Lunch at the lodge followed by optional afternoon activities:

    • Relax!

    • Game drive

    • Bush walk

     Learning Focus:

  • East African wildlife and conservation

DAY 10: Transfer to Nairobi

  • Enjoy one last delicious breakfast at the lodge and then ride the train back to Nairobi

  • Lunch on the train

  • Fly out of Jomo Kenyatta International Airport any time after 5:00 pm

  • For those flying out later in the evening, enjoy one last group dinner in Nairobi

     Learning Focus:

  • Trip debrief

  • Traveling intentionally on your own

 

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