July 2020 Kenya Trip
Saturday, July 11
Depart from the United States | Travelers will book their own international flights from their home city to Nairobi – Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. We will work with you to provide booking tips and coordinate arrival times. Pack snacks and dress comfortably for the long journey.
Sunday, July 12
Arrive in Nairobi | We will arrive in the afternoon or evening. After clearing customs and immigration, you will be greeted by our driver and transported to the Ole Sereni hotel. We will provide details around obtaining a tourist visa.
Monday, July 13
Tour of Nairobi, the capital of Kenya | We’ll meet in the hotel lobby and set off to explore Nairobi. In the morning, we will tour the United Nations office, which serves as the UN headquarters in Africa. After lunch, we will visit the Karura Forest to explore the local flora and fauna and get some light exercise. Then, we will take a special tour of the Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage.
Tuesday, July 14
Ruben Centre – Day 1 | In the morning, we will drive to the Ruben Centre located in Mukuru, an informal settlement that is home to over 600,000 people. Known as an “Oasis of Hope,” the Ruben Centre offers primary school services to over 3,000 students, health services, vocational training for adults, and income-generating workshops to the community.
Wed., July 15
Ruben Centre – Day 2 | Based on feedback from the group that traveled with us last year, we planned a second day at the Ruben Centre so we have time not just to visit and tour the school and community, but also to engage with the kids. If you have any special activity you’d like to do with the kids—art, music, math, technology—we can plan ahead and split into smaller groups. We will drive back to spend the night at Ole Sereni. Dinner and lodging will be at Ole Sereni hotel.
Thursday, July 16
Kajiado Child Care Centre | We will drive in a charter bus approximately two hours south to Kajiado to visit Kajiado Childcare Centre where we will meet the children, staff, and volunteers who benefit from the Brighton Jones Guesthouse, where we will stay overnight.
Friday, July 17
GRACE Nanana Maasai Girls Rescue | On our second day in Kajiado, we’ll travel by charter bus a short distance to Grace Nanana Maasai Girls Rescue Centre. We will learn about the founder’s history and mission and spend time with the students who are thriving despite many the many challenges they’ve faced. We will plan fun activities as a group before the trip.
Saturday, July 18
Travel to Conservancy | We will depart Kajiado early in the morning to drive via shuttle north to the wildlife conservancy.
Sunday, July 19 to Tuesday, July 21
Tented Camp at Wildlife Conservancy | We will stay at a protected sanctuary that is home to chimpanzees, elephants, rhinos, and many other wildlife populations. There will be educational discussions about how they help rehabilitate endangered species, and many opportunities for driving safaris, bicycling safaris, learning about how tracker dogs help protect animals from poachers, and many other adventurous activities.
Tuesday, July 21
Fly to Nairobi, Depart Kenya | We will depart after breakfast to fly back to Nairobi where we will have time to shop, have lunch, and relax in a day room before catching our evening flights back to the United States.
Wed., July 22
Arrive in the United States | Welcome home!