The core dates cover a 19 day period, from 4th - 22nd August 2018, which starts with your arrival in Nairobi. The second day is a travel day to Western Kenya before spending a total of 12 nights based at Ulamba Children's Home on the Medical Camp. On day 14 we transfer to the stunning Kakamega National Park to start our overland safari, we'll overnight here and then head back down along the Great Rift Valley to set up camp on the shores of Lake Naivasha for three more nights, where you can enjoy a number of optional extra's, including boat trips on Lake Naivasha, a visit to Elsamere, a cycling safari through Hells Gate National Park, a day climb on the impressive Mount Longonot or just some R&R on the shores of Lake Naivasha. We'll head back to Nairobi on the late afternoon of day 18 for the final night of the itinerary.
Day 1: 04 August 2018 - Arrive in Nairobi
Arrive in Nairobi and transfer to a secure camp on the outskirts of Nairobi (Wildebeest Eco-Camp - near Nairobi National Park) for introductions, trip briefing and some R&R.
Airport transfers, accommodation and meals in Nairobi are not included in the cost. You can book directly with Wildebeest Eco-Camp in dorms, garden tents with shared bathrooms or luxury ensuite garden tents, or alternatively you can camp in tents provided by us and pay on arrival.
Moving Mountains can help with airport transfers if needed - please contact us if you would like to book this.
Day 2: 05 August 2018 - Transfer to the medical camp
Early morning start in private vehicles to reach Ulamba Children's Home in Western Kenya where we'll set up camp in the early evening. It is a long but enjoyable drive along part of the Great Rift Valley, past the tea plantations of Kericho, Lake Victoria and the traditional homes and small farms of rural Western Kenya. Meet the Ulamba kids and the Children's Home staff in the evening and watch the sun set over Western Kenya.
Day 3: 06 August 2018 - Visit Moving Mountains projects
Day to visit some of the Moving Mountains projects in the area, as well as visiting some rural homes of Moving Mountains beneficiaries to give yourself a good insight in to life in Western Kenya and introduce you to some of the difficulties faced by the local community. Meet local Doctors, Dentists and Medical Staff who will be working with you on the Medical Camp and final preparations for the camp starting on the following day.
Days 4-13: 07-16 August 2018 - Medical Camp
The 10 day Medical Clinic which will be largely based at Ulamba, however there will also be opportunities to get experience in local clinics and hospitals including Dophil Clinic & Maternity Home which was developed with the support of Moving Mountains, and Siaya District Hospital.
The clinic will start on day 4 and finish on day 13 with an evening celebration with all the staff, kids and volunteers at Ulamba. The Ulamba children tend to be off school throughout August so it's a great time to be around Ulamba.
Day 14: 17 August 2018 - Transfer to Kakamega National Park
Pack up camp at Ulamba and transfer to Kakamega National Park for an overnight camping adventure in this stunning rainforest which is the perfect location for bird watching and forest treks and despite the dense forest you can still catch a glimpse of a bush pig, giant forest hedgehog and colobus or debrazzar monkey.
Day 15: 18 August 2018 - Kakamega and Lake Naivasha
One of the highlights at Kakamega National Park is an early morning trek to a highpoint within the Park to watch the sun and mist rise over the forest canopy below, after which we'll make breakfast and break camp to continue our journey back towards Lake Naivasha where we'll set up camp on the shores of Lake Naivasha for the next 3 nights.
Day 16-18: 19-21 August 2018 - Lake Naivasha, Hell's Gate National Park, Mount Longonot
3 days for R&R and safari activities at Lake Naivasha. Our staff can help arrange a number of optional extra activities in the area, including cycling safari's through Hell's Gate National Park, day climbs to the summit of Mount Longonot (2776m), boat trips out on to the lake to see the swooping Fish Eagle and wallowing Hippo, visits to Elsamere, the former home of Joy Adamson and swimming at the camp.
Hells Gate is one of the most scenic Parks in East Africa, the towering cliffs, large gorges, lone rock towers, open plains and plumes of geothermal steam all help create it's unique atmosphere. Other optional extra's within the Park include rock climbing and a visit to the natural spa. Mount Longonot offers incredible views of the surrounding landscape as well as the thick forest that lies within the crater of the mountain. On a very good day you also have a chance of spotting buffalo, eland, bushbuck, zebra, giraffe and gazelle on the surrounding slopes.
On the late afternoon of day 18 (21st August) we return to Nairobi for our final night. Accommodation and food in Nairobi are not included - you can book directly with Wildebeest Eco-Camp in dorms, garden tents with shared bathrooms or luxury ensuite garden tents, or alternatively you can camp in tents provided by us and pay in Kenya.
Day 19: 22 August 2018 - Nairobi
An afternoon or evening departure will give you the chance to visit the likes of David Sheldricks Wildlife Trust and the Giraffe Centre and / or a visit to a medical clinic developed by Moving Mountains in Kibera, sub-Saharan Africa's largest slum but we can accommodate departures at any time on this date. We can also help you with any optional add-ons at this stage, such as climbs on Mt Kenya or to the 'Roof of Africa' on Kilimanjaro, advice on beach travel, extended safari's to the likes of the Masai Mara or volunteering on other Moving Mountains projects around Kenya. Please see here for more information about add-on options for travel or contact us.
Accommodation, food and electricity
Accommodation throughout will be provided in comfortable and spacious safari tents. During the medical camp you will be staying at Ulamba Children's Home.
Food will be plentiful and of a high standard, provided by our Adventure Alternative Kenya staff. On travel days it tends to be lighter pic-nic lunches but dinners will be cooked, and a mix of both local dishes and western dishes. Expect to try the stable diet of ugali with vegetable stews, lots of potatoes, rice and plenty of fruit and vegetables. Bottled water will also be provided throughout the trip, as well as tea, coffee, juice, etc.
There will be electricity in most locations, and we'll have generators for back up but be aware that we will not be able to provide for lots of people with different gadgets, phones, ipads, etc. In Western Kenya they experience frequent power cuts and the generators cannot charge at the same speed as normal sockets.
The logistics on the ground for all our medical camps are provided by our partner, Adventure Alternative. Adventure Alternative is a fully licensed and award winning tour company in the United Kingdom. They provide all transportation, food, and lodging or accommodation during your time as a medical volunteer.