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.
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We work shoulder-to-shoulder with local communities
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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 Ngwesi 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 Ol Pejeta 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.
Florence was first introduced to African Ascents in 2016. They have been completely dedicated to creating unique trekking experiences, first class technical climbing adventures and unparalleled rock-climbing experiences. They are the ultimate choice for the ultimate and safe mountaineering expedition.Visit African Ascents
Borana Conservancy is dedicated to the sustainable conservation of land and wildlife. Our holistic approach commits tourism, ranching and other enterprises to building local livelihoods and enhancing eco-system integrity.
In 2013, a founding population of 21 Black Rhino were introduced to Borana Conservancy. Once they were settled, Borana and Lewa Wildlife Conservancy were integrated to form one landscape; 92,000 acres of unspoilt African wilderness and the largest contiguous rhino habitat in East Africa. There are now almost 90 black rhino and over 80 white rhino on the Lewa-Borana Landscape.
Our sustainable lifestyle is focused around conservation, community, culture and commerce (the 4Cs). Borana Conservancy is a Long Run Destination, these are carefully selected for their commitment to enacting the 4Cs. All retained earnings from tourism, ranching and other commercial enterprises contribute towards the support of communities, wildlife and it’s habitat.Visit Borana Conservancy
Il Ngwesi means "People of Wildlife". This is a very special place that supports both communities and wildlife. In 2016 it was 20 years old, and still it remains the only upmarket lodge in Kenya that is both owned and run by its Maasai community. Its significance cannot be overstated.Visit Il Ngwesi Group Ranch
Ol Pejeta is most famous for its rhinos (it has the largest rhino population in Eastern Africa). Among all other big 5 species, this enormous conservancy is home to the last 2 Northern White Rhinos left in the world, Najin and Fatu. The conservancy's conservation work is pioneering, supporting 17 other communities, having the only Chimpanzee sanctuary in Kenya, and running one of the first ever Rhino IVF programmes to potentially save a species. It is situated close to Nanyuki town with spectacular views of Mt Kenya against open plains.Visit Ol Pejeta Conservancy
Culsans Gap Travel is a partner of The Long Run, one of the world’s largest business-led sustainable development initiatives.
The Long Run brings together a global community of like-minded individuals committed to conserving nature and improving people’s lives through their tourism businesses. Collectively, members aspire to conserve 20 million acres of biodiversity and improve the lives of two million people by 2020. As a partner of The Long Run, we share The Long Run’s drive to support sustainable, ecologically and socially responsible tourism destinations around the world. For more information, visit thelongrun.orgVisit The Long Run
For almost thirty years, Tusk has supported forward- thinking and successful conservation intervention in Africa. From the plains of the Serengeti to the rainforests of the Congo Basin, they’re working towards a future in which people and wildlife can both thrive across the African continent. Poaching, habitat loss and human-wildlife conflict are having a devastating impact on Africa’s wildlife. Tusk believes that local people and organisations are best positioned to address these threats, but are often under-resourced and lack the recognition they deserve. By partnering with leading and emerging conservationists across Africa, Tusk secures donor funding to invest in the best local grassroots conservation initiatives, supporting and nurturing their conservation programmes to accelerate growth from an innovative idea to a scalable solution. This helps to increase their profile and maximise their impact.
Tusk believes strategic conservation can empower local communities and improve livelihoods. They support and promote effective environmental education designed to provide a more sustainable future for the next generation. It’s an approach that works. Through their partnerships, Tusk has so far provided greater protection for over 10 million acres of land and more than 40 different threatened species, while benefitting more than 1,000,000 people.Visit Tusk
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