Community & Livelihood Project (Hell’s gate)

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With the average Kenyan wage in villages being only a few dollars a day, most communities find it difficult to feed their families, let alone repair their schools or build the necessary facilities for a healthy learning environment for their children.

You could join like-minded volunteers to assist these families in improving their surroundings in rural Kenya. Split your time between a building project and teaching at a local school. There is always the opportunity to get involved assisting teachers in the classroom and running after-school activities, especially in sports clubs.

Working alongside local builders, spending time with the kids and staying in the villages will make you an essential part of the community. These projects will tackle needs that have been identified by your host community to ensure that your financial and physical investments are sustainable long into the future.

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The building projects will take place inside the stunning national park on the edge of the village. We are focusing on a much-needed sanitation block at the Hell’s Gate Primary School. This project is a very special one, run by a very humble and friendly community. We are extremely lucky to have such a good relationship with this community and all our volunteers have special permits to live inside the park.

Other types of building projects we get involved in vary and depend on volunteer numbers. In the past we have helped to build sanitation blocks, water storage tanks, school classrooms, clinics, community halls, basic housing and much more. Depending on the time of year, number of volunteers and funds available the building work may vary from painting a classroom to building a school block. Unfortunately, the school is understaffed and under-resourced. We would appreciate any help, especially in terms of stationery supplies, educational posters and sports equipment.

Project Highlights

You will have the unique opportunity to teach in a school based in a wildlife reserve, while also interacting with the local Masai people and their culture. By contributing your skills to help build something within the community, you are making a difference in a way that improves their everyday lives.

  • Teach in a school based in a wildlife reserve.
  • Learn and interact with the Masai people.
  • Become part of a community and learn about their cultures.
  • Help build something that will change people’s lives.
  • Make a difference to a community.

Information about the Children/Schools

  • Most of the children can speak English yet their home language is usually Swahili.
  • The children live in underdeveloped areas.
  • Children in the program range from 4-15 years old.
  • School starts at 08:00 and closes at 16:00.

Project Details

  • Location: Kenya/Hell’s Gate National Park
  • Minimum duration: 2 weeks

Volunteer Requirements

  • CV/Resumé
  • Police clearance
  • Basic level of competency in English
  • Copy of return flight itinerary
  • Acceptance subject to availability

Volunteer Tasks

Your usual working hours are 8.30am-4pm with breaks during the day. Volunteers will work 5 days a week. The volunteers’ mornings are either spent helping in a school or building. You will have an opportunity to take a morning break as well as lunch. Throughout the day we will rotate classroom assistance as and when lessons are timetabled, should you wish to take part in some teaching and/or after school activities and sports, however the main focus for the team will be the build.

Because of the poor standard of English (for most children at the school is their first language, followed by some Swahili and then very rudimentary English), teaching any core academic subjects will be a language challenge for international volunteers. However arts and crafts classes, and PE (which could include cricket, rounders, baseball etc) can be taught after school finishes after 3pm. Any materials for such classes should be brought with you (only basic stationery is available locally) and can be donated to the school on your departure.

Visa Information


Starting from 2nd July 2015, the government of Kenya will introduce electronic visa application. Tourists wishing to visit Kenya need to apply as follows:
1. Visit the electronic visa page at
2. Select Register as a Visitor

As part of this process, you will receive a confirmation email that you need to click on to verify and confirm your registration. At this point, you will be asked to UPLOAD A DIGITAL PASSPORT PHOTO (Maximum size 500 px by 500 px)
· Once logged in, select Department of Immigration Services
· Select Submit Application
· Select Kenyan Visa
· Select the type of visa (visitor) and read the instructions carefully
· Complete the application form – please note that incomplete applications will be rejected and you will lose your processing fees

You will need a scan of the main page of your passport (with your name, date of birth and other information)
You will need to re-upload your passport photo

· Pay using your Visa card, MasterCard or other debit card
· Await your approval which will be sent to you by email. This could take up to 7 days so ensure that you plan in advance
· Once you have received the email advising that your visa is approved, log back into your ecitizen account and download your visa.
· Print a copy of your visa to present to the immigration officer at your point of entry into Kenya

Some things to remember:
– The visa process takes up to one week and must be completed in advance
– You will need a scan of your passport and passport photo
– Approval and issuance of the visa does not guarantee entry into Kenya
– Any form of business or employment on a visitor’s visa is an offence

As the introduction of this visa process was only this past week, there is a grace period whereby visas may still be purchased on arrival. This grace period expires on 31 August 2015.

Effective 01 September 2015, volunteers may be denied boarding of their flight to Kenya or denied entry to Kenya if you do not have your printed copy of your e-visa with you.

The new service went live on 2 July 2015 so it is fully functional already.

Katherine Ellett

Overall, fantastic! Was great to have the chance both to teach and build, and also to do some conservation work. Really warm welcome from Massai!

Jane Ralls

Gemma was fantastic – really approachable and friendly…

Chris Dear

Fantastic: would recommend it to anyone and feel so lucky to have been a part of it.

Laura Fieldhouse

Excellent – an unforgettable experience. Gemma was fantastic throughout the project. Nothing was ever a problem and it was good to know we had excellent support out here. This is probably the best experience of my life.

Yes, I will never go on a package holiday again. Anywhere I go in future I will be going ‘local style’. Thank you Madventurer.

James Gifford

Enjoyed every moment of 5 weeks in Hell’s Gate, loved doing the mobile clinic…

The best part of the project was being able to do so many different things and really being made to feel part of the Massai Community.

Linda Strettle

I would recommend Mad to anyone who wants to take part in a similar experience.

Lucy-Marie Kelsall

I have seen an amazing country with so much to offer. People are friendly and everyone is very welcoming. Would really love to come back…

What’s Included

  • Airport pick up
  • Orientation and welcome meal
  • Accommodation
  • Three meals a day
  • Weekly social events
  • Transport to and from the projects
  • 24 hour support and supervisor on project
  • Donation to the NPO to assist with projects
  • Certificate of appreciation


We may split our group among brick-built houses nearby each other for comfort. The group all eat together. Toilets may be outside or inside long drop toilets. Arrival at our project house will be marked by a welcome from our host family, head teacher or community representative.

Get to know your surroundings, find out where the local ‘store’ is and what delights they sell, be introduced to the nearest water source is and how your community makes the journey home with it. The Kikuyu communities speak good English but also appreciate a greeting in their local language, give it a try and enjoy the reaction.

Power is also available at Lake Naivaisha campsites with dorms which are popular places to relax at weekends (UK-style sockets). There is also wifi at restaurants in the area.


You will receive 3 meals a day.
We usually employ a local cook to provide meals, but you will be encouraged to help with cooking so that everyone is involved.

The food will mainly be traditional dishes. The Kenyan diet is full of starchy foods with rice, beans, maize meal and chapati’s as standard sometimes with simply prepared meat and mostly with some locally available vegetables.

We can cater for most dietary requirements and it’s important that you let us know before you go. However we do not cater for picky eaters so please be respectful of the local food, cultures, traditions and give everything a go, you may even enjoy them. If you do some independent travel on the weekends you can try a number of other foods including more westernised’ dishes if you wish particularly when you are heading to tourist spots.

There are many opportunities for travel and exciting activities in Kenya. You may want to consider an overland adventure before or after your project to see more of East Africa’s incredible sights. For weekends off, past volunteers have enjoyed visits to Nakuru and the famous Masai Mara. Lake Naivasha, home to the only freshwater lake in the rift valley, has great bird-life and many hippos. The lake is just over an hour away and is a great place where you can camp, relax, and enjoy good food on the shores of Lake Naivasha.

There are many attractions around Karen Camp in Nairobi as well such as the Daphne Sheldrick’s Elephant Conservation Centre, the Karen Blixen Museum (which the film ‘Out of Africa’ was based around) and the Giraffe Centre.

Kenya & Tanzania Overland Safari

With this exciting holiday you will experience all of Eastern Africa’s best attractions. Our unique itinerary has been carefully designed to maximize your experiences in the time you have exploring this incredible continent with us. From the undulating Masai Mara, to the flat plains of the Serengeti, the majestic Ngorongoro Crater to sun kissed beaches on tropical island of Zanzibar – find those unforgettable memories. Embrace the magic of Africa with a tour that will leave you with an everlasting desire to discover more of this dynamic and diverse continent.

Included Highlights
Maasai Mara National Reserve, Game Drives
Serengeti NP & Ngorongoro Crater, Game Drives
Masai Village Walk
Zanzibar Ferry and Accommodation

Intended Itinerary
It is our intention to adhere to the route described below but a certain amount of flexibility is built into the tour and on occasion it may be necessary or desirable to make alterations to the published itinerary. Please therefore treat the following as a guide only.

Duration: 14 Days
Countries visited: Kenya, Tanzania

Day 1:
Arrival day and pre departure meeting.

Welcome to Nairobi – the port of entry for most tourist to East Africa. The word ‘Nairobi’ comes from the Masaai phrase meaning ‘cool waters’ and this city is often referred to as the ‘green city in the sun’. This bustling city with its sprawling, park filled metropolis is a fantastic introduction for first timers to Africa. Your first day here will be at leisure so make sure that you get down to the city center for a visit to one of the fantastic markets, find some reprieve at the Uhuru Gardens and try some local cuisine. Get your feet wet by striking up a conversation with some of the locals, a friendly smile and the greeting ‘Jambo’ will usually get you far.
Make sure you are back at the start hotel by 18:00 for the pre-departure meeting where you will meet your guide and driver as well as the other adventurers with whom you will share your trusty overland truck for the rest of your tour.

Accommodation: Hotel Boulevard
Meals: Breakfast

Day 2- 4:
Nairobi – Maasai Mara Reserve, Kenya
Distance travelled: +/-300kms on days 1 and 3
Approx driving day: Full days including game drives

This morning we will board specialized small 4×4 vehicles and make our way to the Masaai Mara National Reserve. Our drive will take us across the Great Rift Valley – a geologic fault line in the African Plate which is in the process of splitting this plate in two – and will afford you with some of the most spectacular vistas across Eastern Africa. We set up camp for the next two nights on the edge of the Masaai Mara Reserve from where we will explore the park on morning & evening game drives.
The benefits of these smaller vehicles will quickly become apparent as they allow for a much more intimate and unobtrusive game viewing, bringing you closer to some of the four-legged inhabitants of the Mara. Every year the sweeping plains of this reserve plays host to the enormous herds of wildebeest, zebra and other antelope during the great migration. These mass herds are followed by predators such as lion, cheetah and leopard as well as scavengers like hyena and vultures. But don’t be fooled, this wildlife haven is teeming with game all year round and you can expect to see at least some, if not all, of the Big 5 – lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino.
On day 4 we head back to Nairobi for a night to prepare for our venture into Tanzania.

Accommodation: Masai Mara: Chronicle Tented Camp
Accommodation Nairobi: Indaba Camp (day 3)
Meals included: Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 3, Dinner x 3
WIFI: Yes (Nairobi only)

Day 5:
Nairobi – Arusha, Tanzania
Distance travelled: +/-270kms
Approx driving day: Full day

All aboard the overland truck we head for the busy Namanga frontier where we will cross into Tanzania. After border formalities we make our way to Arusha. Situated pretty much half way between Cape Town & Cairo, Arusha is often referred to as Tanzania’s safari capital and serves as a base for many to explore the surrounding countryside, whether it be Mt Kilimanjaro, Mt Meru, Tarangire National Park, Ngurdoto Crater or the world renowned Serengeti National Park & Ngorogoro Crater, which is where we will be heading tomorrow.
After exploring the colourful curio markets we head to our camp on the open plains just outside of the city.

Accommodation: Meserani Snake Park – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 – 8:
Day 6: Serengeti National Park
Day 7: Ngorongoro Crater
Day 8: Arusha, Meserani Snake Park
Distance Travelled: +/- 250Km each way on days 5 and 7
Approx driving day: Full days including game drives

Morning of day 6 we will again board smaller ‘game park friendly’ vehicles and drive through Mto Wa Mbo (mosquito creek), across a different section of the Great Rift Valley and into the Ngorogoro Crater Conservation area. We circumnavigate the crater rim before dropping down onto the sprawling plains of the Serengeti. Drawing its name from the Masai word meaning ‘the place where the land moves on forever’, the expanse of this savannah is breath-taking, even in comparison to the Masai Mara and the variety of wildlife that call it home is astounding.
Tonight we will set up camp in a designated, unfenced area in the park.

On day 7 we game drive as we ascend the outer wall of the Ngorogoro Crater, Africa’s largest intact volcanic caldera at 326 square kilometers. Camping on the crater rim tonight – about 2400m above sea level – you will be privy to views down into the crater floor over 600m below us. The sense of freedom that this bush camp offers is often a highlight for many who come here but be warned, it does get quite cold at night, so make sure you pack a nice warm jacket.

On day 8 we descend the steep dirt road into the crater for a morning of game driving. The crater is a small microcosm of African wildlife with almost all of the well-known mammal species finding sanctuary here. The only stalwarts of the African savannah that have not made their way into the crater are the giraffe. The best clue as to the reason behind this is apparent as we wind our way down the steep descent – their long legs just aren’t able to handle the downhill trek. After the game drive we climb the rim one last time to pack up camp before heading back to Arusha where we will spend the night.

Day 6: Serengeti National Park: Bush Camp – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Day 7: Ngorongoro crater: Simba Camp – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Day 8: Arusha: Meserani Snake Park – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast x 3, Lunch x 3 & Dinner x 3

Day 9:
Arusha – Pangani River
Distance travelled: +/-350kms
Approx driving day: Full day

This morning we go exploring on foot to visit one of the local Masai villages where you will meet some of the locals and be introduced to their culture and traditions and gain some insight into their everyday life. Anthropologists have often commented on the way that responsibilities are shared in these societies between men and women. These semi-nomadic traditional herdsman inhabit many areas in Kenya & Tanzania and although very much aware and in touch with modern society many of them still choose to live quite a traditional lifestyle.
After an enlightening and educational morning we are off to the banks of the Pangani River where we will set up camp for the night. Set below the slopes of the Usambara and Pare mountain ranges, the Pangani river basin is one of the most important rivers in Tanzania. Irrigation from this river as well as hydropower generation is of vital importance to the economy of this country. On our way, if the weather is clear, we will also get a look at the snow-capped peaks of the highest mountain in Africa, also the highest freestanding mountain in the world – Kilimanjaro.

Accommodation: Pangani Camp – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10:
Pangani Camp – Dar es Salaam
Distance travelled: +/-350kms
Approx driving day: Full day

This morning we leave Pangani Camp and make our way south to Dar es Salaam, the main port and hub of commerce and industry of Tanzania – an integral port on one of the most important sea routes in the world. This bustling, hot and unique city offers and brightly coloured markets and Arab influenced architecture on the coast. However, to a majority of travellers, this city is but a port to the more exotic island of Zanzibar and other Archipelago islands. Our camp is located outside the city centre on a beautiful white sandy palm fringed beach. This evening we prepare for our 3 night/4 day Zanzibar excursion.

Accommodation: Kipepeo Beach Resort – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11 – 13:
Distance travelled: Ferry crossing on day 10

Exotic Zanzibar is part of a semi-autonomous archipelago off the coast of Tanzania consisting of Zanzibar Island, Pemba Island and many smaller islands. Zanzibar Island itself is approximately 90km long and 30km wide and conjures up images of idyllic, sandy, palm fringed beaches. Winding cobbled alley ways with brass-knobbed doors line the street of the capital, Stone Town and the lush exotic spice plantations dot the centre of the Island, as it was once a major trading centre of spices. In the 19th century it was a base for famous explorers such as John Hanning Speke, Richard Burton and David Livingstone.
Over the next 3 nights/ 4 days, time on the island is at leisure. Typically we spend 1 night in Stone Town and 2 nights at the northern beaches. Your tour leader will be joining you on your Zanzibar excursion to assist if you experience any problems.
Stone Town is certainly best explored by foot and nothing beats the intriguing alleyways filled with bazaars selling old maritime trinkets, cloths and wooden carvings. There are some interesting mosques, palaces and courtyards to visit and restaurants to sample the local cuisine.

En-route to the clear turquoise waters and beautiful white sandy beaches of the Northern Beaches, you can enjoy an optional spice tour of the plantations to sample the finest spices and fruits of the island. Once relaxed and settled into your accommodation, there are many optional activities in the area. Try snorkeling and diving, indulge in some delicious fresh seafood, or simply relax in a hammock under a coconut palm with an exotic cocktail

NB: Our Accommodation on the Island is basic tourist class accommodation and breakfast on Zanzibar is included. For the sake of flexibility to enjoy your time at leisure, lunches and dinners are left for your own discretion.

Accommodation: 1 night Stone Town, 2 nights Northern Beaches
Meals included: Breakfast included with hotel accommodation

Day 14:
Zanzibar – Dar es Salaam
Distance travelled: Ferry crossing

This morning we make our way back to the Port of Stone Town, enjoying the last bit of shopping before returning to the mainland by ferry to end our tour in Dar Es Salaam.

Accommodation: None
Meals included: Breakfast
WIFI: Yes (Dar es Salaam accommodation)

Tour Information
Acacia Overland Tour
Travelling on an overland is great fun, but it can also be challenging! This is a participation tour and your help will be needed in setting up the camp each night and assisting (usually on a rota basis) with the various day to day campsite duties, such as shopping, cooking and keeping the truck and camp tidy. But don’t worry it’s not all hard work and it’s a great way to meet the local people and get to know your fellow travellers. Your contribution benefits the success of the tour – most people find the greater their involvement, the greater their enjoyment of the whole trip.

Africa is an adventure destination and travelling here is not always predictable so be prepared to “expect the unexpected’ in difficulties or delays which might come our way! However, you’ll soon find that the diversity of the African landscape, the wildlife and the communities we pass on our way, make the sometimes rough travel and long driving days worthwhile. Come with a sense of adventure and a flexible attitude and you will be sure to enjoy your Acacia overland tour across this amazing continent.

Africa provides an ever-changing environment, power failures, water and fuel shortages, temperature fluctuations, and other uncontrollable / unplanned situations do occur. You will need to remain flexible, understanding and good-humored. “African time” can be difficult and frustrating for those who are used to a very structured life, so this is something to keep in mind!

All tour highlights, 2- person dome tents, fully equipped safari vehicles, camping and
cooking equipment, sleeping mattresses, service of two crew, all road and vehicle taxes,
all ground transportation, meals as indicated.

Local Payment, Activities and Excursions (optional), visa’s, travel insurance, flight departure taxes, airport transfers, optional activities, tips, drinks, sleeping bag and items of personal nature. NB lunch and dinners on Zanzibar are not included.

Every Overland tour has a Local Payment amount which must be paid to your tour leader
in Africa at the beginning of the tour. This is separate and in addition to the Tour Price
which is paid before travel. Paid in the currency listed in the brochure or on the website
(usually US dollars in clean, un-torn post 2006 edition notes) that pays for food, park
entries, activities and camping costs along the way with payment goes directly to the
supplier. Please refer below to what is covered by the Local Payment.

These are optional activities that are paid directly to the provider while on tour and you
are free to decide what activities you would like to do. Please see table below for prices.

We use 2-person dome tents with fly sheets, sewn-in groundsheets, zip-up insect screens
and foam mattresses. We mainly use campsites, which usually have reasonable wash and
shower facilities, electricity points and sometimes even a small shop, bar or swimming
pool. On Zanzibar we use basic tourist class local hotels.

24-seater, self contained, custom-built safari truck with onboard tables, plug sockets,
freezer, water tank, library, i-pod jack, safety features and 70-litre individual lockers, pop
top minivan, 4×4 safari vehicle and fast ferry.

In order to maximise the quality of game driving and to comply with local authority
rulings, some of our National Park visits and game viewing is carried out using services
provided by local African ground handlers. As well as enhancing our experience using local
guides and smaller vehicles it also allows us to contribute at a ‘grassroots’ level to local
economies from which local people benefit.

Tour Preparation
When you make a confirmed booking for your tour you will be sent you’re booking documents and a pre-departure booklet with detailed information to help you prepare for your trip. Once you have paid in full you will receive a Travel Voucher giving details of your joining hotel. Nairobi, Zanzibar and Dar es Salaam are well served by a number of airlines and your travel agent can advise on flights to the start of the tour.

This tour starts in Nairobi. The pre-departure meeting is held at 18:00 on day 1. The tour departs at 08:00 on day 2 and ends in Dar Es Salaam in the afternoon of day 14.*
*the group is back to Dar es Salaam late afternoon on day 13 – we not recommend you book international flights before 20:00.

Meeting point in Nairobi:
Boulevard Hotel
Harry Thuku Rd
PO Box 42831, Nairobi
Contact details:Tel. +245 2 337221/ 227567/ 8/ 9
Fax: Fax: +245 2 334071
E-mail: [email protected]
Pre Departure meeting: 18:00 prior to departure day 1
Tour start time: 08:00 on day 1

Tour end Point in Dar es Salaam:
Kipepeo Village
Kipepeo Beach, Mjimwema
PO Box 1530, Dar es Salaam
Contact details: Tel: + 255 754 276 178 and + 255 713 757 515
Fax:Fax: +245 2 334071
E-mail: [email protected]

This tour departs Nairobi early on day 1; we strongly recommend therefore that you plan to arrive the day before departure to overcome any jet-lag and to acclimatise to Africa. We would be happy to book pre-tour accommodation for you – please call or email us (or speak to your agent) with your arrival details and accommodation requirements. However please book early to avoid disappointment and the risk of having to find more expensive (or less convenient) lodgings.

If time allows, we also suggest planning a night or two extra (after your tour) to make the most of this part of Africa. Accommodation is usually available locally on arrival but you can prebook this with Acacia or your agent. There is a variety of activities and excursions in Zanzibar/ Dar es Salaam area’s that can be arranged locally.

What to Bring
Paid in the currency listed in the brochure or on the website (usually US dollars in clean, un-torn post 2006 edition notes) directly to your Tour Leader in Africa at the beginning of the tour, the Local Payment of this tour covers the following –

We are under no doubt: the LOCAL PAYMENT system is best for Africa. As African Specialists we don’t have to worry about what might work better in Asia or South America where local transport, infrastructure and banking may be more efficient: we simply do what works best in Africa!
So what are the REAL advantages of a Local Payment (LP) system?
Nothing is lost on bank charges or currency fluctuations. The amount is clearly set out in the brochure (or website). You simply buy your USD$ cash before leaving home and hand it over to the tour guide at the pre-departure meeting. The amount you bring is used by the guide to pay your food, accommodation and park entries on tour.
You pay the LP here in Africa and every cent of it is spent here in Africa, where it’s needed. Typically the money goes to park fees, and selected local operators and suppliers for the services they render the group, and it is paid at the time or immediately following the service provided. The money you pay therefore stays in Africa with the people who have provided you the service.
The LP system option gives you the flexibility to save the money right up until the time you leave for Africa. No need to pre-pay eight weeks beforehand (the usual rule for pre-paid items) – and because of this, if you did have to cancel your tour for any reason the LP is not affected by cancellation fees.
The LP ensures the activities and excursions you do are paid at the lowest possible price because the money is paid direct to the service providers at the time they deliver. You pay the local price not one inflated for international exchanges or bank fees.

Please try to keep your luggage to a minimum, bearing in mind that most airlines impose a 20kg limit. It should be brought in a soft holdall or rucksack along with a smaller day bag. You will need to bring a mixture of lightweight clothing and warm clothing for the evenings and early morning game drives. You also need a sleeping bag (and small pillow if preferred). We recommended you pack a small torch or headlamp, mosquito spray and a money pouch/ belt that can be easily hidden. Please try to avoid bringing unnecessary valuables and use your hotel safe to store the bulk of your money, passport, and airline

The table below indicates the vaccinations suggested for travel on this tour but should be treated as a guide only. You should seek professional medical advice from your GP or clinic at least six weeks prior to departure.

Please be aware that some of the areas visited on this tour are malarial. We strongly recommend you seek professional medical advice for the appropriate anti-malarial tablets.

The table below indicates the visas required for travel to the countries on this tour but should be treated as a guide only. At least one month prior to travel seek confirmation from embassies or a visa specialist, that these requirements are still current. For UK citizens the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) offers free up-to-date travel info: For other nationalities a number of travel advice websites are listed on the Acacia website.

It is a booking condition of Acacia that you have full travel insurance valid for the duration of your tour to cover you for medical emergency and repatriation to your home country. Your guide will ask you for a copy of this when you join the tour. It is also important that you leave a copy of your insurance with the person nominated as your emergency contact. We can recommend a respected, specialist travel insurance provider for this tour.

Money Matters
Naturally you will require extra money for your own personal spending on the tour, for Activities and Excursions, snacks, drinks, souvenirs, tips and items of a personal nature. Everybody has different spending habits but as a guideline we suggest you budget US$15-20 per day. Also keep US$ cash for relevant airport taxes and visas needed, optional activities and any additional accommodation before or after your tour.

– Spending money is best carried as cash in US dollars(US Dollars in clean, un-torn, post 2006 edition notes), Sterling or Euro which you then exchange into local currency on arrival and as you go. Your guide can advise how and when you can change the rest of your money throughout the tour.
– Currencies are as follows: Kenya – Kenya Schilling; Tanzania – Tanzania Schilling
– ATM machines are found in Nairobi, Arusha, Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar. Please note they are sometimes unreliable (and therefore should not be relied upon).
– Credit cards can be used to pay for optional activities although charges may be may be high by western standards (+/- 5%).

We recommend you bring your spending money in several different ways (some cash and some cards); your guide can best advise on what to use where.

This is always a matter for your own individual discretion but as in many areas where tourism is an important contributor to the economy, it has become customary to give a small gratuity to local staff, including your tour leader and driver, at the end of a tour if services rendered have been to your satisfaction.
Responsible Travel
We strongly believe that you get the most out of a journey by respecting the culture and people of the places you visit. On our tours we try to travel in a way that benefits the communities we pass through and minimises negative impact on the environment. This can be from ensuring the campsites we use are clean when we leave and dressing respectfully in conservative areas to getting involved with local charity projects. We ask that you are open to this when you travel with us. Being proactive in responsible travel helps develop cross-cultural understanding and friendships with the local people, and will greatly enhance your experience in Africa.

Get Connected
WIFI on tour:
While WIFI is becoming more and more common in some areas, and many clients can successfully access online services, we cannot guarantee the speed, cost or reliability on the day(s) you will be in the area.

Arriving in Kenya

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Do I need to bring any medications?
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Do I need malaria medication?
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Staying in Kenya

Where will I find the shuttle at the airport?
What if I don’t arrive on a Saturday?
How does the Departure Work?
Do I need to bring cash or can I use my debit / credit card?
Can I drink the tap water?
Are there a lot of mosquitos?
What kind of Food are we going to eat?
Is it possible to smoke ?
Will I have internet access?
What happens if there is an emergency?
Are there plug sockets in every room?
Is it safe on my project?
Why do I have to pay to volunteer?
Should I bring donations?
When is the best time of year to volunteer?
I want to make the most of my program, what length of time is best?
What do I need when I’m on the project?
How do I get to my project?
Can I take photos of the children?
I’m scared of HIV and AIDS, what are the risks?
How many hours / days will I be working?
Will I have time off?
What are my working hours?
How many people sleep in a room?
Will there be a possibility to go shopping, (for food or groceries etc.) while at the program?

Project dates 2016

28th May – 24th June for 4 weeks
28th May – 10th June for 2 weeks
11th June – 24th June for 2 weeks

School Holidays

Mid November – mid January
Mid April – early May
Early August – early September

Example Itinerary


A.M : Building or community work

P.M : Helping in the classroom

A.M: Building or community work

P.M: Arts and Crafts after school

A.M: Building or community work

P.M: Sports lessons at school

A.M: Building or community work

P.M: Arts and Crafts after school

A.M: Building or community work

P.M: Sports lessons at school

A.M: Off

P.M: Off

A.M: Off

P.M: Off

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