Photo Travel | Kenya

PHOTO TRAVEL TO KENYA
January 8-20, 2019



Kenya is one of Africas most travelled countries. Discover with us the areas less known to tourism and experience authentic Kenya and the Samburu tribe.

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 our professional experience, organizing your travels with a deep love for the countries and attention to details.

All our tours have been carefully planned, through locations and places we know, to arrive at the right time in the right place to capture images of landscapes, monuments, faces, scenes of everyday life and events.

The tours are led by a team of Professional Photographers who have established friendships and relationships with local people in many of the towns and villages on travel routes.

Thanks to the small size of our groups, you will have the opportunity to experience the places we visit at a level that is not possible with a larger group or with a classic Cambodia tour. Off the beaten track: visit remote villages, stroll through hidden alleyways, attend religious ceremonies, enter the houses, small markets and places of worship.

Immerse yourself totally in a culture different from ours. The size of our groups is limited to a maximum of 12 people in order to give the maximum of technical support and the best cultural experience.

The travel is open to everyone, with or without a camera, who wants to experience a unique travel off the beaten track, with a classic itinerary but also far away from the usual tourist routes.

TRAVEL DETAILS

TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES

Distances

  • Distances85%
 

Road Conditions

  • Road conditions70%
 

Fitness Level

  • Fitness Level 50%

Climate

  • Climate50%
 

Hotel Standard

  • Hotel Standard50%
 

Meal variety

  • Meal variety50%

DATES & PRICES

Travel dates

Travel prices

WHAT'S INCLUDED | WHAT'S EXCLUDED

What's included
Transfers
All transfers in private vehicles (car, minivan or minibus, concerning the number of participants) with air condition and driver.

Accommodation
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.

What's excluded
International/Domestic Flights
Return flights from any Worldwide main airports, economy class. We can offer the best fares from our partner Raptim if you tell us your departure airport in the inquiry 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.

Required Coverage:
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 and gratuities
Tips for guides, drivers, bellhops, museums entrances, photo fees, parks fees, etc. are not covered by the participation fee. Please read the “What to bring” section to check for tipping guidelines.

Personal transfers to your departure airport
Personal transfers / train tickets to and from your departure airport are not covered by the participation fee.

ITINERARY

  • Day 1 – Nairobi

    Arrival in Nairobi, Overnight in Nairobi
  • Day 2 – Maralal

    This day will be a travel day. We head up north to arrive in Maralal. Along the way, we stop at some scenic lookouts to see the Rift Valley with Longonot Crater and maybe stop at some market shops. In Maralal after getting settled free time to check out the town and its market or to rest.
  • Day 3 – Porro & Siambu

    A full day to see the schools of the missionaries and to join the mass in church. Porro and Siambu are small villages and you will be welcomed by the local people, especially the kids at school. On the way back, we stop at the lookout point with a sensational view over Suguta Valley, a art of the rift valley). Back in Maralal, time to get to know the Irene School for girls that the missionaries are running there.
  • Day 4 – Baragoi

    Scenic road trip to Baragoi with many stops along the way. You will see people of the Turkana and Pokot tribes on the roadside of this travel. In Baragoi we will visit the Nawakim and Nachola Refugee Villages where the Turkana of the Kawop area are now living after the war. The missionaries also have a school and activities there.
  • Day 5 – South Horr

    From Baragoi we head up to make our first stop in the abandoned town of Kawop. The town was fairly new, but then the war between Turkana and Samburu started off again and the town was abandoned and destroyed. Now, none of them dares to go back. After Kawop, we will stop for Lunch in Tuum, where we will also visit the ST. Theresa primary school. The kids there will touch your heart with their smiles. From Tuum, we continue to the beautiful town of South Horr, passing through dry river beds and shadily forests.
  • Day 6 – South Horr

    Full day to see South Horr and the activities of the missionaries, like the Hospital. We will also visit the Village of Anderi and the secondary School.
  • Day 7 – Sererit

    The travel to Sererit is scenic and rural. The roads are not paved, but in good condition. The last part before Sererit we drive through the river bed. You will see many Samburu people, domestic and wild donkeys and camels and wild baboons along the way. In Sererit we will enjoy Dinner with the missionary on place, who might show us the starry sky and tell us many interesting stories at night.
  • Day 8 – Sererit

    Full day in Sererit. We visit the close by village, the first aid station of Sererit, the water pipes the missionary build himself and we can take a short walk to a little lagoon and waterfall to take a refreshing swim. Overnight in Sererit.
  • Day 9 – Sererit to Maralal

    Full day on the road. We make our way through the hills via Masikiti and Opirai to Barsaloi, where we stop for Lunch. The scenery changes every few meters and time will pass quickly. From Barsaloi we head further back to Maralal. Free time in the evening.
  • Day 10 – Maralal to Wamba

    After a yummy breakfast and a good nights sleep, we can visit again the School of Irene and/or the markets and the town of Maralal before we head to Wamba in the evening. On the way to Wamba we pass by the zebra fields where hundreds of wild Zebras usually graze, next to domestic horses and donkeys. We will have time to stop and take pictures of these amazing animals.
  • Day 11 – Wamba to Nairobi

    In Wamba, we get to see the big catholic Hospital, the biggest in Samburu County and the primary and secondary school next to it. If we are lucky, the nurses in the schools will invite us for some homemade Mango ice cream before we continue our travel to Nairobi, taking the fast road soon after Wamba. Overnight in Nairobi.
  • Day 12 – Nairobi

    Full day in Nairobi, visit of projects in the slums or visiting the city.
  • Day 13 – Nairobi

    Time to leave Kenya. Transfer to the airport and international  flights home.

COUNTRY INFORMATION

Country Information
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

Required documents
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.

Currency
Kenyan shilling (KES)

Credit cards
Credit cards such as American Express, VISA and Master Card are widely accepted. All foreign currencies are accepted.

Language
English and Kiswahili.

Health
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.

Vaccinations
No health certificates or vaccinations are officially required. Malaria prophylaxis is recommended.

Time Zone
EAT (GMT+3)

Plugs, sockets and electricity
In Kenya, type G sockets are used. The mains voltage is 240 V at a frequency of 50 Hz.

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.

Religion
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.

Safety
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.

Climate
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 Season (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.

WHAT TO BRING

Photo Equipment
Camera
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.

Batteries
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.

Backup
Backups are essential. Cameras, harddrives and memory cards may break or get stolen. Make sure you bring enough Backup for the travel.

Accessories
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.

Accessories / Clothing
Clothing
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
Laundry service may be available in bigger villages or hotels, but if you need washing, please bring ecofriendly detergent to hand wash your clothes.

Mosquitos
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
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 Kenya, be prepared to tip the guide 500 KES per person per day and the driver about half that amount.

Daypack
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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