With the efforts of SupportingWater & WaterisLife
- Oct 15 Depart for Nairobi
- Oct 16 Flights into Nairobi from the US usually all come in in the evening. Everyone in our party will need to make sure you arrive Nairobi, Kenya by this day. (To make it easier and less expensive we will fly in and out of NBO Nairobi International Airport.) Because many people prefer to arrange their own country to country travel and, apply for upgrades, want a different class of service, and use travel credit cards and frequent flyer miles. Each person will need to secure a flight arriving on August 29. There is a shuttle to the hotel from the airport. We will stay at the Four Points Sheraton. It is adjacent to the airport.
- Oct 17 We will travel to Mombasa. We will take a late morning one-hour flight to Mombasa. We will be staying at the Monkey House in Diani Beach, Mombasa. Get rested and ready to hit it hard.
- Oct 18 We will work with two schools in the area. One in the am, lunch break and then on to the second school.
- Oct 19 We will be working with two additional schools.
In each school we will provide straw filters to each student and bucket systems to the staff for their homes. We will teach about water, sanitization, and hygiene.
- Oct 20 Travel to Masai Mara Game Park , an Evening Safari in the Masai Mara. (When the group size is determined and deposits made, we will be able to reserve the lodges. We can not secure these till we have deposits in from each person.)
Based on availability our first choice is with Porini Mara Camp in the Masai Mara. It is a smaller camp and VERY good customer service.
- Oct 21 Evening Safari in the Masai Mara. Dinner at the lodge.
- Oct 22 Early morning Safari in the Masai Mara.
- Oct 22 Return to Nairobi.
- Oct 22 We will visit some of the work we are doing in Kibera Slum.
- Oct 23 If time allows we have the option to visit the Elephant Orphanage and/or Giraffe Park and see our work in Kibera Slum, Nairobi.
Wheels up for home! (The majority of flights leave Nairobi in the late evening. Please plan accordingly.) We will book a couple of rooms for people to shower and clean up before going to the airport. Four Points Sheraton Airport. They also have nice gym, food service and a shuttle to the airport.
- Oct 24 Arrive home!
EXTENSIONS: If you are interested in arriving early or staying in Kenya or traveling to other parts of Africa, please inform WATERisLIFE of your travel plans.
- Shots: CDC Recommendations: You will also need anti malaria medications. (FYI: I use Doxycycline as my anti malaria medication.) You will need a negative covid test before you board the plane, many airports are offering this on site or a local pharmacy may be quicker)
- Costs: Based on 6 or more people $2,500. What is included is all hotels, most meals, vans and ground transport, air transfers, safari park fees, and insurance. We need a non refundable deposit of $1000, per person, to put down our deposits to secure reservations.
(Each person is responsible for their airfare to and from Nairobi.)
- What to wear: Comfortable clothes. (Light colors, dark colors attract mosquitos.) Shorts and t-shirts are fine as we will be working in the dirt and grim of the schools and possibly in Kibera Slum. I recommend boots or close toed shoes or tennis shoes. The “streets” of villages and the slum are not paved and have open sewer everywhere. Temps are in the 70’s in the day time and 60’s at night.
- What about visas? Travelers from the US, Visa’s are now exclusively on line: Kenya has just opened up e-visa availability: www.evisa-Kenya.com you can apply online to avoid visa process when entering Nairobi.
What do I bring
- First: The right ATTITUDE. We are here to serve, experience the culture and have some fun. An attitude of gratitude to our host country, our team members and the staff that takes care of us at each location.
- Second: A SMILE-one smile breaks down a lot of barriers and helps you make friends quickly. Also, learn a few Swahili phrases.
- Third: Some CASH for some meals, tips for hotel staff, and things you want to bring back to others.
What do I need to pack? Pack light. Carry on the plane anything you MUST have. ALL medications, camera, computer, anything with a battery has to be on the plane with you or it will be taken out of a checked bag.
(I typically use a small rolling bag with my backpack on top and can stay gone for months. If you need a checked bag remember you have to haul it around too. Washing clothes in the sink is pretty easy, and the clothes dry out overnight.)
Some of our
at the Gifted Hands Education Center