Culsans was created to offer the very finest of gap year experiences – combining fun, adventure, travel, culture and a lasting education in conservation.
We work shoulder-to-shoulder with local communities offering our students unrivalled access to unique locations and projects across Kenya.
We specialise in Gap Years
We work shoulder-to-shoulder with local communities
We offer quality in every direction
The Culsans team have all experienced Africa for ourselves. We came together to share our first-hand knowledge and experiences with others, in partnership with some of the spectacular projects we’ve come across over the years.
Founder & Managing Director
Founder & Managing Director
Florence is a country girl, born and bred in Cheshire, with a passion for adventure, travel and culture. She went to school at Rugby and then onto Millfield for sixth form. Throughout her career Florence has developed a focus on the importance and need for education in sustainable travel methods. Having had many incredible travel experiences and also a fantastic gap year herself, she was keen to set up a creative concept for young people willing to learn and engage with their surrounding environments while witnessing from the very best.
Florence spent many months working abroad to enhance her local knowledge and cultural research. Previous roles included: Hosting at Borana Lodge - Kenya, Sales and Business Development at The Safari and Conservation Company - Kenya/London, Floating Hostess at Robin Pope Safaris - Zambia.
Prior to the travel industry, Florence worked in events, starting out at Party Planners for The Lady Elizabeth Anson. She is incredibly organised, professional and reliable but also knows how to have a good time. Combined with with her infectious enthusiasm, it is hard to not be inspired by her stories and personal passion for local travel and culture.
Nigel’s true passion is field science and conservation, with 40 years of managing international field programmes. He is an Earthwatch Europe Ambassador, Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), Honorary Conservation Fellow of the Zoological Society of London, Judge for the Tusk Trust Conservation Awards and an Honorary Elder of the Il N’gwesi Group Ranch. Nigel offers mountains of experience and knowledge and we are truly privileged to be able to work with him.
Sacha was born and bred in Kenya. Her home is Lewa Wilderness, one of the few lodges on the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy. The Conservancy was created by her grandparents, David and Delia Craig who passed their passion for conservation and tourism on through 4 generations.
Sacha has always held a key interest in education for conservation. She speaks fluent Swahili and knows the local communities and Kenyan politics well. She has worked for numerous conservation and travel companies including: TOFTigers, Handpicked Africa, Essential Escapes, Lewa UK and Lewa Next Generation. Sacha brings an abundance of local knowledge and travel industry advice to the table.
We work with brilliant conservation projects and communities across the country, so you get the ultimate 360° experience.
You’ll make lifelong friends as you explore the most remote areas of Kenya, walking with the animals in the bush, teaching children, dancing with the Maasai tribe, and hearing tales from the elders.
Through our work with the Il Ngwesi Conservancy, Borana Conservancy, and on Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, we’ll introduce you to some of Kenya’s endangered species, and the amazing people who protect them. You’ll be able to gain work experience and certificates to enhance your skill set and set you apart from the rest when you return home.
You’ll encounter critically endangered Grevy Zebra, Black and White Rhinos, Reticulated Giraffes, Elephants and Lions, plus Buffalo and Leopard to complete the Big 5!
We have regular sundowners and weekends in town, giving you plenty of time to socialise as you watch the beautiful sunset over an ice-cold beer, surrounded by the sounds of the bush.
To educate the conservation ambassadors of the future through unique experiences and behind-the-scenes access to projects.
To support the development and growth of conservancies and small local businesses, and enhance the great work they do.
To have fun while developing the personal skill sets of our students and the local people we work with, helping every one of them to stand above the rest of the pack.
“Show me a 2 year old who isn’t interested in a frog”
Your experience with Culsans can also contribute towards the Gold Duke of Edinburgh award.