Together with MCO you can experience every day life in Kenyas rural areas while learning about tribes and missionary work as well as indulging in the unique landscapes.
January 8 - 20, 2019
In cooperation with Missionari della Consolata Onlus
Kenya is one of Africas most traveled countries. Discover with us the areas less known to tourism and experience authentic Kenya.
Humanitarian Photo Travel
From Nairobi to Maralal to discover the Samburu tribes
An amazing travel in the areas of the Samburu and Turkana tribes.
Samburu is a noble tribe of nomadic shepherds of East Africa. A proud people of Nilotic origins, arrived from Sudan around 1700, living outside the circuits of mass tourism. In a country suspended between the past and the present, between the new wealth of megalopolis and the poverty of the slums. Without accepting compromises and living respecting traditions, because, they say, “We are the masters of the Earth“.
Just above the Equator line, the Samburu National Reserve extends for almost two hundred square kilometers at altitudes ranging from 800 meters at the river and 1230 at the Koitogor mountain.
On the top of these windswept hills rise the villages of Samburu. The small agglomerations of their villages are usually formed by three, four families that remain in the same place for one, at most two months. Then they move, looking for new pastures for cows, goats and dromedaries.
We will travel through the rural areas of the Samburu District accompanied by Missionaries of MCO. This allows us to experience unique situations of everyday life, incredible faces, unique humanity everywhere we go.
This travel will let you experience the true essence of humanity of Samburu (and Turkana) people and a territory, far away from the usual tourist routes and in the context of the daily activities of the MCO projects. It’s a continuous discovery. You will be surprised moment after moment on these travels, while meeting and getting to know these amazing local villages and people. We combine our passion for photography and travels with ourprofessional experience, organizing your travels with a deep love for the countries and attention to details.
The basis of our responsible photographic travels are the unique contact and the empathy while engaging with locals. You will stay in remote villages, attend NGO activities supporting the community, participate to carry out their projects, take part in food preparation and last but not least work and photograph the life of the community from sunrise to sunset.
These are unique and unimaginable moments that only a slow, conscious and responsible travel can give you, organized by people who devoted their lives to the support of others.
This is a short itinerary. The detailed program will be available only for interested participants in order to protect local communities, children, people and the privacy of our NGO Staff on the field.
- Day 1 - Nairobi
Arrival in Nairobi, drive 166km to Menengai Crater (3.5h) depending on arrival in Nairobi. Stay overnight in Menengai Area.
- Day 2 – Merengai Crater
Excursion to Menengai Crater. In the afternoon/evening drive 218km to Maralal (4.5h). Stay Overnight in Maralal. (Option: full day Crater tour, stay another night in Menengai).
- Day 3 - Baragoi
Drive 102km (2.10h) to Baragoi to visit one of the projects of the missionary. Stay in Baragoi.
- Day 4 - South Horr
Drive to South Horr to visit one of the projects of the missionary. Stay in South Horr.
- Day 5 - Barsaloi
Drive 56km (1h) to Barsaloi to visit one of the projects of the missionary.
- Day 6 - Wamba
Drive 83km to Wamba (2h) to visit one of the projects of the missionary. Stay in Wamba.
- Day 7 - 25/01/2018 - Namunyak Wildlife Conservation Trust
Excursion in the Namunyak Wildlife Conservation Trust in Wamba. Stay in Wamba overnight.
- Day 8 - 26/01/2018 - Isiolo
Drive 101km to Isiolo for the next visit in a tribal area. Stay overnight in Isiolo.
- Day 9 - Isiolo to Nairobi
Transfer from Isiolo to Nairobi. On the way you can see the second highest mountain of Africa, Mount Kenya.
- Day 10 - Nairobi (Kibera)
We will spend the day to visit some projects of the local NGO (PeePoople) who works in Kibera Slums and School.
- Day 11 - Nairobi
Full day in Nairobi, visiting sights.
- Day 12 - Nairobi
International Flights from Nairobi home.
The participation fee includes:
All transfers in private vehicles (car, minivan or minibus, concerning the number of participants) with air condition and driver.
Accommodation in double/twin rooms with or near the local NGO partner
- Meals - Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
Meals as indicated in the itinerary, with our NGO partner or in local restaurants.
- Professional Photographers
Professional NGO Photographers, experienced in the humanitarian field, will accompany the group for the whole travel.
The participation fee does NOT include:
- Personal transfers to your departure airport
Personal transfers / train tickets to and from your departure airport are not covered by the participation fee.
- International Flights
Return flights from any Worldwide main airports, economy class. We can offer best fares from our partner Raptim if you tell us your departure airport in the enquiry form.
- International Medical & Travel Insurance Coverage
All Participants in a Cause Photo Travels tours are required to have sufficient Medical Travel Insurance. Cause Photo Travels refuses participation of travel if the correct valid Medical Insurance is not provided. Travel insurance can be purchased with Cause Photo Travels and RAPTIM. Please visit the Medical and Travel insurance page.
Each participant hereby confirms that they understand and agree to purchase the required insurance listed below, that is valid internationally, and that they will be required to provide proof prior to departure for the Trip and in order to participate.
- Accident & Sickness Medical Expense Coverage (minimum $100,000 USD)
- Emergency Evacuation & Repatriation of Remains (minimum $200,000 USD)
- Accidental Death / Dismemberment
- Trip Cancellation Coverage
Suggested Additional Coverage:
- Hospital Room and Board
- Baggage and Personal Effects Coverage
- Trip Delay / Interruption
- Visitor to Bedside
We strongly urge you to evaluate your risk and to take out travel insurance that covers the full value of the Trip and personal effects in the case of Trip cancellation, loss or theft of baggage, and emergency evacuation. The Tour Operators their owners, agents and subsidiaries will not be held responsible for these expenses. It is vital for you to realize that if you experience a delay or find it necessary to cancel or cut short the Trip for any reason, you will lose part or the entire sum of the amount paid (see the section “Deposits, Payments, Cancellations and Refunds” in the terms and conditions above).
Travel insurance helps to minimize the risk of monetary losses you would incur in the event of a delay of your departure due to weather, airline strike, missed connection, etc., your inability to travel for reasons such as illness, injury, unforeseen financial complications and other personal circumstances, or if you were required to cut the Trip short for medical or any other reasons.
There are restrictions and limitations on any insurance program. For this reason, we recommend that you read carefully the fine print of your insurance policy.
- Snacks & Drinks outside of normal meals
Please consider a little amount for some personal snacks or drinks along the way.
- Tips for guides, drivers, bellhops etc.
Tips are not covered by the participation fee. Please read the “What to bring” section to check for tipping guidelines.
- The country
Kenya, officially the Republic of Kenya, is a country in Africa and a founding member of the East African Community (EAC). Its capital and largest city is Nairobi. Kenya’s territory lies on the equator and overlies the East African Rift covering a diverse and expansive terrain that extends roughly from Lake Victoria to Lake Turkana (formerly called Lake Rudolf) and further south-east to the Indian Ocean. It is bordered by Tanzania to the south and southwest, Uganda to the west, South Sudan to the north-west, Ethiopia to the north and Somalia to the north-east. Kenya covers 581,309 km2 (224,445 sq mi), and had a population of approximately 48 million people in January 2017
- Documents required
Visas, needed by most foreign nationals, are straightforward. An e-visa scheme (www.evisa.go.ke) has now been rolled out and is the simplest way to apply, pay and receive a visa almost instantly. It is expected to replace the visa-on-arrival scheme soon. Contact your nearest Kenyan diplomatic office to get the most up-to-date information.
Kenyan shilling (KES)
- Credit cards
Credit cards such as American Express, VISA and Master Card are widely accepted. All foreign currencies are accepted.
English and Kiswahili
Please inform us of any pre-existing conditions such as diabetes or asthma and any prescription medicine you may be taking. We also need to know about any food allergies or physical disabilities that you may have.
Ask your doctor for an International Certificate of Vaccination (known in some countries as the yellow booklet), which will list all the vaccinations you’ve received. This is mandatory for the African countries that require proof of yellow fever vaccination upon entry, which includes Kenya and its neighbours, but it’s a good idea to carry it anyway wherever you travel.
- Time Zone
- Plugs, sockets and electricity
The voltage is 220-240 AC, suitable for appliances, with the exception of those manufactured in the U.S.A. and Canada. However, some generators are usually only run for short periods, in the early morning and again in the evening from 1830 hrs to 2230 hrs. It would be wise to bring enough batteries and solar chargers.
- Phone, Smartphone and local carriers
- You can purchase a SIM card from one of the two major mobile providers, Safaricom or Celtel. If you put this in your phone, you’ll call against local tariffs. In order to use this, your phone must be SIM-lock free. Your cell phone has to be compatible with the GSM 900 system. So while every mobile phone sold in Europe will work, only some North American tri-band or quad-band phones will work in Kenya. Check with your service provider or cell phone dealer if you are in doubt. While the northern part of the country has no network access, the southern part has good network access.
The predominant religion in Kenya is Christianity, which is adhered to by an estimated 84.8% of the total population. Islam is the second largest religion in Kenya, practiced by about 9.7% of the total population. Other faiths practiced in Kenya are Baha’i, Buddhism, Hinduism and traditional religions.
Common sense should prevail, and precautions taken as in any major city. Unless safety deposit boxes are available at your lodge or hotel, always carry travel documents, traveller’s cheques, cash and any other valuables with you at all times. Only carry small amounts of cash and keep a close eye on your handbag or wallet. We recommend that you do not walk at night – take a taxi.
Low Season (Mar–May)
Long rains mean accommodation is much quieter and prices can be a bargain. Wildlife is harder to spot and more dispersed, but fewer vehicles. Some tracks are impassable and mosquitoes are rife.
Shoulder (Nov & Dec)
Short rains fall in October and November, but still an excellent time to visit. Prices drop from November, but advance reservations still a good idea. Excellent time for birdwatching as migrant species arrive.
High Season (Jun–Oct, Jan & Feb)
Wildebeest in the Mara usually from mid-July to October. January and February offer hot, dry weather good for wildlife watching. Sky-high lodge prices, especially July to October.
As visa requirements vary considerably from country to country and nationality to nationality, please contact the various embassies or a visa service agent in your home country to re-check your visa requirements at least 4 weeks prior to travelling. Please note that visas are the responsibility of the traveller and that Cause Photo Travels will not be held responsible for guests being denied entry should they not be in the possession of the relevant visas. All travellers must be in possession of a valid onward/return air ticket or proof of other means of transport enabling the traveller to leave the country in which our tour passes or terminates. You should also have proof of sufficient funds (e.g. credit card) to see you through your time in the country. In some cases visas are available on entry into a country and may be cheaper to do so, however for peace of mind and to speed up the border crossing process, Cause Photo Travels will always advise you to get your visas prior to your trip if possible.
WHAT TO BRING
You can bring whatever camera you wish, but we recommend a DSLR or mirrorless digital cameras. Make sure you are familiar with your camera, as with some scenarios you will encounter, you will have to work fast in order to not miss a picture.
- Memory Cards
Memory cards for your cameras may not be available at every stop of the travel, so make sure you bring enough memory cards with you.
Without Batteries, you will not be able to get any pictures. So make sure you bring spare batteries for your camera and a charger. Charging will be possible at the hotels.
Backups are essential. Cameras, harddrives and memory cards may break or get stolen. Make sure you bring enough Backup for the travel.
If you want to bring accessories, please consider the weight of your luggage. We usually use available light, but it could be useful to bring GND filters or a light travel tripod. Make sure, all accessories work with your camera.
Kenya is in the tropics, but the only tropical air you will encounter will be at the coast. Dress mainly for outdoor comfort with a change of informal clothes for the evening. Footwear should be low-heeled and comfortable. Bring a light-weight raincoat and a hat for sun protection. Sunscreens are recommended. Please do not offend local customs by wearing very skimpy shorts or miniskirts. You will need cool, casual clothes for day wear, shorts or slacks for men and simple cotton dresses for women. Smart but informal clothes are worn in the evenings but something warm is advised for the nights as the air can be cool.
- Wind & waterproof
It is recommended to bring a light wind- and waterproof jacket.
Laundry service may be available in bigger villages or hotels, but if you need washing, please bring ecofriendly detergent to hand wash your clothes.
Mosquito repellent is highly recommended.
- Drinking Water
Tap water is not drinking water. In Nairobi, tap water may be drinkable, but it is chlorinated and your Body might not be used to it. You can bring your own bottle and filter system and buy big water gallons along the way to refill your bottle.
Tipping taxi drivers in Kenya is not expected, but if it was a pleasant ride then you round up. Tipping the bell boy and maid in Kenyas Hotels is pretty common. Tip around 100-200KES to the bell boy and 500 KES for the week to the maid. Tipping waiters in Kenya is common, aim to tip around 10% of the bill. Like restaurants, tipping bar tenders in Kenya is also common. Tip 30 – 50 KES per round or 10% of the total bill. If you are taking a safari in Kenyn, be prepared to tip the guide 500 KES per person per day and the driver about half that amount.
Bring a light daypack, suitable to carry your cameras for shorter trips in order to avoid bringing your complete camera backpack every time.
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