Spec ial Summer Of fer : Signature Kenya Tr ip
Meaningful Purposeful. Downright unforgettable.
Welcome to a truly unique kind of travel experience.
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We didn’t start as a travel company—we started as a movement to change the world. For over 20 years, we’ve worked hand in hand with communities in Kenya, Ecuador and India, helping to empower them with the tools to lift themselves and their families out of poverty. Along the way, we’ve met remarkable individuals who have welcomed us into their homes and lives, sharingwithus their stories. Today, we’re privileged to call them our friends and family, and because of that, they’re welcoming our travelers, too. Forget tour groups and buses—you will have the opportunity to experience the joys and challenges of daily community life, along with getting to know a country and its people through an extraordinary, unforgettable lens. We invite you to join us at our signature lodges in Kenya, Ecuador and India for a travel experience you won’t find anywhere else. Go beyond a safari to walk in the footsteps of families in rural Kenya, trek the Amazon jungle to meet the indigenous communities who call it home and discover India’s vibrant culture through the eyes of locals. With our over 20- year history of working with our charity partner, WE Charity, we’ve formed close bonds with local communities around the world, giving us the honor of offering our travelers an authentic, immersive travel experience. Our travelers connect with the people and places around them—joining families to collect water, participating in cultural traditions and even having the opportunity to contribute to a local project. This is a travel experience that stays with you. Meaningful. Purposeful. Downright unforgettable. What makes us unique? Our story.
Why we work in Kenya Kenya is a beautiful country with booming tourism and, in some places, great wealth. However, there are areas that also experience great poverty. • More than 75 percent of Kenya’s population live in rural areas. • Only 54 percent of those in rural areas have access to improved water sources. • The literacy rate in Kenya is 78 percent and the average for school attendance is six years. • Twenty-six percent of children aged five to 14 are engaged in child labor. • One out of five children suffer from malnutrition and 35 percent of children are affected by stunting.
POPULATION 47.7 million
CURRENCY Kenyan shilling (KSh)
TIME East Africa Time (GMT/UTC plus three hours)
LANGUAGE English, Swahili, other tribal languages
Our work in Kenya Working alongside Maasai and Kipsigis communities, we’re implementing WE Charity’s five-pillar sustainable development model, WE Villages, with projects including:
OPPORTUNITY 125+ women’s, men’s and youth groups have been established, and over 1,400 artisans supported by WE.
students who we have helped support from elementary school through to high school. WE is now building a WE College to help continue their academic careers.
mobile clinics held each year in the most remote communities.
Every traveler wishes to go on a safari and see the stunning Kenyan landscape, the wondrous wildlife and be a part of the story of Kenya. But with a ME to WE Trip, we’ll also take you beyond the safari and onto the beaten path—the one that’s not walked by tourists, but by the people who call this beautiful country home.
WATER 14 boreholes—half of which are solar —that are currently serving 15 communities, with four more boreholes planned for 2018.
demonstration gardens that have been implemented in schools, along with three community farms in Sikirar, Pimbiniet and Kipsongol.
Be part of a community project
Give back to the places you’re visiting—we can arrange for you to spend time contributing to a local project like building a school or water well
Meet local artisans
Join Maasai women under the shade of acacia trees to practice the traditional art of beading, learning how their work empowers them to earn a sustainable income.
Elephant Orphanage Visit the Sheldrick elephant orphanage where you’ll get the chance to experience these fascinating animals close up.
Walk in the footsteps of a Maasai warrior Head out on a leisurely hike to learn about medicinal herbs from a Maasai warrior, and have the chance to train in the art of Maasai weaponry.
Walk side-by-side with local women as they fetch water, feed their animals and cook for their families—learning what it takes for a community to thrive.
Discover all Kenya has to offer as you enjoy Bogani, a sprawling 40-acre camp designed with authentic African décor, located in the heart of the savanna. Accommodations: • Private cottages and luxury tents, and Mara-inspired spaces, including fireplaces, bedrooms and gathering spaces. • Beautiful property situated on the edge of the Maasai Mara national reserve. • Modern conveniences, including hot water, electricity and en suite bathrooms. Food: Our chefs, Wesley and Shake, invite you to join them on a culinary journey of Kenya, including rich and savory Kenyan favorites like ugali, polenta and barbeque, enjoyed on our al fresco dining platform. Bogani Cottages and Tented Camp
• Visit Mulot Market, an
• Walk side-by-side with local women to collect water from the Mara River.
• Visit Oleleshwa Farm to learn what is grown sustainably to supply nearby schools with lunches and Bogani with fresh ingredients for delicious meals.
• Arrive in Nairobi in the evening and check in to your hotel.
• A visit to the Kenya Giraffe Centre and Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, home to orphaned baby elephants.
• Depart from Bogani.
• Take part in a
authentic Kenyan market.
• Settle into your luxury Safari camp for two
• Volunteer on a local community project.
• Join Maasai women and practice traditional beading, learning how it is helping them earn a sustainable income. • Visit the Duka, our on- site shop, which offers locally sourced gifts, Kenya-exclusive products and beaded accessories and homewares made by local Maasai women.
• Meet the ME to WE guide.
• Fly from Nairobi to the Maasai Mara.
nights and get ready to see diverse and stunning landscapes. Check off the Big Five as you enjoy your safari game drives!
• Take part in a local community project.
• Visit Baraka Hospital, a project owned by our charity partner.
• Arrive at Bogani and be welcomed by our team.
• Finish School-Building and Beautification
• Maasai Story-Telling with Maasai Warriors
• A lesson in Swahili, the local language.
• See our various safari
• Say a final kwaherifarewell to the local community.
packages below for more information.
• Settle in to Bogani.
• Visit Kisaruni, an all-girls high school opened by our charity partner in a nearby community.
• Enjoy a delicious welcome dinner.
*Please note that this is a sample trip itinerary and details are subject to change. We are happy to work with you to customize an adventure.
• Train in the art of Maasai weaponry.
As part of your ME to WE Trip you'll get to experience an amazing safari adventure. The safari option you choose will determine your overall trip price. Prices include accommodation, game drives, food, and conservation fees. Optional upgrades include; extended stay, private guides, hot air balloon safari, scenic flights, and exclusive vehicle use. Three options are listed below, other camps are available, please inquire to learn more.
Classic Package - Kichwa Tembo Safari Camp
Premium Package - Richard's River Camp
Luxe Package - Angama Mara
Located on the banks of the Njageteck River and surrounded by 70 acres of private land in the Olare Orok Conservancy, the camp allows for total privacy and exclusivity with only seven tents. The Ngoyanai springs provide permanent water, drawing in large numbers of animals to the area around camp.
Located where the Riverine forest meets the sweeping plains in the path of the awe-inspiring Great Migration, the camp provides an authentic dose of African wildlife, delivered with legendary Kenyan hospitality.
Located high above the floor of Africas Great Rift Valley, Angama Mara overlooks Kenyas Maasai Mara, considered by many as the loveliest game reserve on the continent. Two intimate camps of just 15 tented suites each ensure the best access to the Mara with unparalleled service.
Includes transfer from Bogani, laundry service, all drinks including selected house spirits. Excludes optional activities as well as champagne and premium spirits.
Includes alcoholic drinks, soft drinks, beers, house wines, and selected house spirits, laundry, childminding (6-10 p.m.). Excludes champagne, premium spirits and cellar wines.
Includes alcoholic beverages, guided bush walks and cultural visits, sundowners, laundry services and transfer from Bogani. Excludes champagne, premium spirits and cellar wines.
FROM $5,595 USD PP Based on double occupancy
FROM $7,295 USD PP Based on double occupancy
FROM $6,295 USD PP Based on double occupancy
Retreat to the Kilifi Coast
Inclusions • Accommodation at Toriana extension
Day 1 Depart for Kilifi from the Maasai Mara Fly froman airstrip near Bogani andmake your way to the beautiful Kenyan coast. Check-in to Toriana Graceful arches and authentic detailing welcome you home to Toriana after a short drive from the Vipingo Airstrip. Discover Swahili culture and history from the comfort of our coastal beach house. Situated on four waterfront acres near Kilifi, we encourage you to enjoy fresh meals served on the vast terraces, inspiring Swahili and Moroccan architecture, and the white sand and blue waters of Bofa Beach footsteps away. Sunset stroll Walk along the beach to take in the breeze and experience a sunset over the Indian Ocean. Beach-side welcome Warm yourself by our beachside firepit under the stars as you enjoy a complimentary drink. Day 2 Recharge or discovery day Continue to relax by the pool, explore the coastline and indulge in the serenity of Toriana. Or, if you are craving some more action, take a look at some of our optional activities and discover all that coastal Kenya has to offer, from scuba diving to golfing nearby. Relax and recharge As the local people say, Theres no rush while youre in paradise. Reward yourself after a week of volunteering and spend the afternoon unwinding on a breezy lanai terrace or exploring the beach. Day 3 Yoga beats Take some time to treat your body and mind with a private yoga class. Whether its early morning by the beach or on the rooftop patio at sun set, our instructor will lead you through a fun and casual session to invigorate your body! From beginner to advanced, all levels are welcome. Dhow boat excursion The best way to experience Kenyas beautiful coast is from the deck of a dhow boat. These traditional sailing vessels have been used for hundreds of years to transport goods up and down the coast, and on your excursion they will grant you access to a unique view of the coast and the beautiful wildlife that surrounds you. Farewell dinner Spend your last night of the trip watching the sun set over the ocean.
FROM $1,295 USD PP Based on double occupancy
Toriana Beach House (three nights) • Domestic airfare (Mara to the Coast & back to Nairobi) • All activities as identified in the itinerary • All meals Exclusions • Optional activities while at Toriana • Beverages at Toriana • Gratuities are not expected but appreciated, and are shared among all staff. We humbly suggest $10-15 per adult per day
If you’d like to extend/shorten your stay, please ask for more details.
Q: What is the weather like in Kenya? A: Because Kenya has a tropical climate, you can expect hot temperatures all year round. In August, temperatures tend to hover around 29°C (83°F) during the day and lowers to about 16°C (61°F) at night. Q: What should I wear while in the Maasai Mara? A: Dress will be casual for the majority of the time. There will be laundry service available during your trip, so there is no need to bring along more than the necessities. Kenyan nights can be cool (in the mid-50s/10°C), so bring a lightweight jacket and heavy wool sweater with you. We have found that 100 percent cotton clothes are the coolest and most comfortable. Q: What time zone is Kenya in? A: Kenya is on EAT (East African Time), and is seven or eight hours ahead of EST (Eastern Standard Time). Q: Can I bring a laptop, iPod, expensive camera, etc.? A: We suggest traveling as lightly as possible to minimize the risk of damage to or loss of your possessions. For essential items, Bogani Cottages and Tented Camp provides a small safe in every tent and cottage Q: Will I have access to phone and internet while in Kenya? A: Both phone and email communication are easily accessible in Nairobi. Cell phone service is intermittently available while you are staying at Bogani Cottages and Tented Camp. If you would like to have access to the internet while staying in the Maasai Mara, we suggest getting in touch with your network provider to purchase a data plan. Q: Are toiletries provided at Bogani Cottages and Tented Camp? A: Yes, shampoo, conditioner and soap will be provided. Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Is there filtered water? A: We provide filtered water for our guests to drink. We bring jugs full of clean drinking water to our camps and then recycle them after each trip. We recommend bringing along a good water bottle that you can fill up as you head from our camp for your day trips to the community. Q: How are the food and water at Bogani Cottages and Tented Camp? A: Filtered water is always available. Food is prepared fresh daily by our chefs and adheres to the highest safety standards. We are able to accommodate all dietary requirements at Bogani, including vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and food allergies. Q: Will there be electricity while at Bogani, and what is the voltage? A: Power at Bogani is generally available throughout the day from the local grid. At times, we rely on backup generator which would run from 6:00p.m.– 11:00 p.m. only. During this time, you can charge your camera batteries and iPods. The voltage in Kenya is 240 V, and the electrical plugs are British- style with two flat blades and one flat grounding blade. Please make sure to bring a converter with you. We also provide a hair dryer (compatible with 240V) in each cottage and tent for your convenience. Q: Can I bring gifts for the kids? A: We ask that you do not, as we work in solidarity with our partner communities. Put simply, your gift is your presence. We ask that our travellers do not bring candy, toys or presents for community members, as we would like to promote fairness for all children. A portion of your trip cost goes to in- country communities to help support their basic needs.
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Your safety is our first priority.
• Travelers are encouraged to register with their respective embassy before departure to ensure accountability in case of emergency. • Facilitators are from North America and from the local in country team. • 24-hour security on-site. • All transportation is run by our trusted private transportation providers, and all travel occurs under the guidance of our in- country team with a representative in every vehicle.
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