Looking to travel with a purpose? Join Friends of Ngong Road and Wilderness Inquiry for a trip that combines seeing Kenyan wildlife at its very best with the opportunity to visit students and their families supported by the Ngong Road Children Association. Many WI staff and donors support Friends of Ngong Road.
In addition to visiting Friends of Ngong Road you will visit a world of grassy steppes, tall mountains, and beautiful people. This adventure safari in East Africa is a blend of natural wonders and local cultural experiences. Watch the sunset over the plains of Maasai Mara, view lion, elephant, giraffe, hyena, and many more from four-wheel drive vehicles. Enjoy great food and spirits as you stay in comfortable lodges. Visit a local school, sample traditional foods, make friends, and go hiking with Maasai warriors.
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What to Expect
TERRAIN/ROUTE: Kenya’s terrain varies from tall mountains to vast plains. On safari, you’ll experience some of Kenya’s best national parks and visit Maasai communities. The entire trip is vehicle-supported with optional short walks.
TYPE OF TRAVEL/DISTANCE: East Africa is a welcoming escape for travelers of all levels of experience. Travel between destinations is provided in four-wheel drive vehicles where everyone has a window seat. For the safari sections, we’ll open the roofs of these vehicles for excellent wildlife viewing and photography. No previous hiking experience is necessary.
WEATHER: On safari you’ll experience hot middays and cool nights (50º-95ºF). Mid-March through April is also a season with short rains.
YOUR GROUP: The group size will range from 5 to 12 participants, one Wilderness Inquiry staff member and several local guides. Ngong Road Children Association staff will support the parts of the trip when you are meeting with sponsored students and their families. Each group consists of people of various ages, backgrounds and abilities, including people with disabilities.
ACCOMMODATIONS: Throughout the trip, you will stay in safari lodges, small hotels and guesthouses. Most rooms are double occupancy with two beds. Participants will be paired by gender or requests to room together.
SINGLE TRAVELERS: If you are traveling alone, you will feel at home with a welcoming group. If you would like to have your own room throughout the trip, you may purchase a single supplement for an additional fee. Please email or call us if you would like this option.
MEALS: The tap water in Kenya is not safe to drink, but bottled water is readily available. Typical Kenyan and British meals of beef, chicken, fish, rice and lots of fruit will be prepared for you. All meals are included while on safari; however, in Nairobi please plan on having two meals provided and purchasing one each day. This flexibility allows participants the chance to meet with students, board members, and staff from the Ngong Road Children Association during meal times. Vegetarian options are available, though you may like to bring your own additional protein source. The purchase of alcoholic beverages is not included in the trip fees.
EQUIPMENT AND CLOTHING: Wilderness Inquiry will provide all group equipment. You will need to provide your personal gear as outlined in the packing list. If you are new to outdoor activities, you do not need to spend a lot of money, Wilderness Inquiry can usually arrange for you to borrow most items.
HEALTH: We encourage you to see a doctor or travel nurse at least 4 weeks prior to traveling. This will allow for adequate time to get any new immunizations needed, and ensure other immunizations are current. The CDC highly recommends Hepatitis A and Typhoid. For the most up-to-date recommendations and requirements, please visit the CDC website: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/kenya?s_cid=ncezid-dgmq-travel-single-001 Malaria prevention medication may also be recommended. Where we travel malaria is rare, however if you play to visit the coast on your own this medication is highly recommended
PASSPORT/VISA: U.S. citizens need a passport to enter Kenya, and it must be valid for at least 6 months beyond your planned departure. Two blank passport pages (excluding the Amendments pages) are typically required for entry stamp and visa. Prior to visiting Kenya, all travelers must fill out an online eVisa application via the eCitizen portal, https://www.ecitizen.go.ke/. After receiving the eVisa, travelers must download and present a hard copy of the eVisa upon arrival in Kenya. Approval after application and payment takes an estimated seven to ten days. We encourage you to check the State Department website for the most up to date information: https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/country/kenya.htmlRead more »