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© Florence Midwood

Kenya

Welcome to

Kenya

"Kuwa geuzo unalotaka kuona duniani"

The Kenya Ground Team


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Florence Midwood

Florence Midwood

Host

Florence Midwood
Florence Midwood

Florence Midwood

Host

Florence is Founder and Managing Director of Culsans, and will be your live-in host throughout your Culsans experience. She is a great adventurer and explorer and has extensive bush knowledge, having travelled extensively through Kenya. Florence has tried and tested every aspect of the itinerary herself, and maintains close relationships with all our hosts and suppliers. She can’t wait to show you her favourite country, and introduce you to the amazing animals and people of Kenya.


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Wickliffe

Wickliffe

Co-Host

Wickliffe
Wickliffe

Wickliffe

Co-Host

Wickliffe is a fully trained and qualified FGASA field and trails guide by Ecotraining, with extensive experience in hosting international safari guests. His love for nature and passion for engaging the young in conservation is what makes him the perfect Culsans fit. Wickliffe is from the Luo tribe, and when not on safari lives close to the Kenya/Uganda border with his family and 2 children. In his free time he enjoys bird watching and looking after his farm.

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Llewellyn Dyer

Llewellyn Dyer

Managing Director, Kebati Regenerative Farm, Borana

Llewellyn Dyer
Llewellyn Dyer

Llewellyn Dyer

Managing Director, Kebati Regenerative Farm, Borana

Llewellyn is paving the way for successful regenerative farming in Northern Kenya. He runs a fantastic initiative on the edge of the Borana landscape that engages and educates local communities on how to lead more sustainable lives. Llewellyn is 4th generation Kenyan and is the son of Michael and Nicky Dyer, owners of Borana Conservancy. He studied Agriculture at university, employs loads of local people, loves natural environments, and stays clear of bustling cities!


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Julius

Julius

Operations Manager at Waitabit Farm

Julius
Julius

Julius

Operations Manager at Waitabit Farm

Julius has been working on Culsans trips since the very beginning. He went to Meru University of Science and Technology and after this, went on to join Waitabit Farm in 2018 where he was further trained. His knowledge, passion and drive for his work is admirable. He loves meeting new people and sharing his regenerative farming techniques, in particular, engaging with our students and watching them learn! He is a wonderful instructor, with ample patience and endless smiles.

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Francis

Francis

Camp Chef, Il Ngwesi Community

Francis
Francis

Francis

Camp Chef, Il Ngwesi Community

Francis has completed several internships at a number of safari lodges after having attending Utali College. He was later formally trained as a chef at Il Ngwesi Lodge. Francis has a wife and 3 children but helps provide for his extended family as well. He has been working on Culsans trips since they first launched - his fork biscuits and casual rustling up of spaghetti bolognese or delicious scrambled eggs on toast while out in the middle of nowhere is a true marvel! He loves being outside surrounded by nature and takes great pride in his family and Maasai heritage.

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Kip Ole Polos

Kip Ole Polos

Il Ngwesi Conservancy Chairman

Kip Ole Polos
Kip Ole Polos

Kip Ole Polos

Il Ngwesi Conservancy Chairman

Kip is a man of many talents. He is a former lodge manager, private wildlife and tour guide and is now chairman for the whole Il Ngwesi conservancy, making him the voice for the Maasai community. As a child, he went to school under a tree without shoes and notebooks. He is passionate about improving the quality of education for the local children and the lives they lead. He’s a regular lecturer at The Royal Geographical Society in London, and while he loves visiting England, he’s not such a fan of the weather!


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Jackie

Jackie

Lodge Manager at Il Ngwesi

Jackie
Jackie

Jackie

Lodge Manager at Il Ngwesi

Jackie has been Lodge Manager at Il Ngwesi for a number of years. She has worked in multiple global roles and travelled the world so has an impressive hospitality focussed CV. It is great to see her come back to her Kenyan roots ensuring all Il Ngwesi guests are comfortable and well looked after. She is from the Kikuyu tribe and lives in Nairobi with her son during the off season. She enjoys sharing stories until the late hours and discussing the modernisation of traditions.

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James Ole Kinyaga

James Ole Kinyaga

Head Guide at Il Ngwesi

James Ole Kinyaga
James Ole Kinyaga

James Ole Kinyaga

Head Guide at Il Ngwesi

James is one of the original faces at Il Ngwesi lodge. He speaks fluent English and is a fully trained and qualified guide. He has looked after hundreds of guests at the lodge, including British royalty. His favourite things about the African bush are the amazing smells and sounds, and he’s always keen to share his knowledge with new people. He is a great person to learn from, and knows the Il Ngwesi landscape like the back of his hand.




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Andreas Fox

Andreas Fox

Field Guide and Nature Training Instructor, Il Ngwesi

Andreas Fox
Andreas Fox

Andreas Fox

Field Guide and Nature Training Instructor, Il Ngwesi

Andreas specialises in wilderness walking, field guide instruction, and custom safaris. He has an unwavering curiosity and has become one of East Africa’s most qualified guides, holding the highest general guiding qualification, FGASA Level 3. Andreas has honed his walking safari and rifle handling skills, and instructs students for Ecotraining, the most established guide training company in Southern Africa. He’s great at showing you the unknown and picking out tiny details you would otherwise overlook.




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Julian Wright

Julian Wright

Mt Kenya Expedition Expert

Julian Wright
Julian Wright

Julian Wright

Mt Kenya Expedition Expert

Julian is a highly experienced rock climber and mountaineer. He has summited Mt Kenya over 100 times, and has been guiding treks and technical climbs on Mt Kenya and Kilimanjaro for the past 6 years. He is qualified in: Mountain Leader (TG26), Wilderness First Responder, Wilderness Medic, FGASA Level 2 - Safari Guide, Top Rope Supervisor, Single Pitch Supervisor, Multi Pitch Supervisor, Abseil Supervisor, Trails Guide. Julian is a wild-child at heart and when not on a mountain you can find him soaring with the birds in his paraglider!



Because it's there...

— George Mallory

© Florence Midwood

Upcoming trips


 Group size

6 to 12 students

Dates

7th Jan to 5th March 2022

Cost

£8200 per person ex flights



Sample 8 week itinerary

Part 1 (approx. 2 days)

Arrival

What's Involved?

Get into the African culture poley poley (slowly), the buzz of the city, local shopping, Kenyan roads, Swahili phrases, arrival party.

An opportunity for:

Embracing a new culture, making new friends and getting a flavour for the local language.

Part 2 (approx. 7 days)

"Farm to Fork" on Borana Conservancy

What's Involved?

Daily work experience on Waitabit Farm, learning the ins and outs of organic, sustainable farming. Enjoy sundowners and camp by the beautiful riverside. 

An opportunity for:

Waterside fun, cooking al fresco, learning about a natural way of living, what we eat and where it comes from.

Part 3 (approx. 12 days)

Volunteering in local schools

What's Involved?

Assist teachers with subjects such as English and IT and get involved with after school activities such as, reading, farming club, sports and CV writing.

An opportunity for:

Developing key skills and responsibility, helping others, having fun with the locals, making a lasting impact.

Part 4 (approx. 6 days)

Data collection, field guide and nature training on Il Ngwesi

What's Involved?

In depth bush experience, game counting, wildlife tracking, bush walks, and classroom discussions. Experience and understand the workings of a conservation-focussed safari lodge and get to grips with the commercial side of conservation. Hear incredible Maasai stories and take part in a celebratory dinner in Maasai style. 

An opportunity for:

Field guide certification, getting up close and personal with the African bush and its people, Maasai parties, music and dancing.

Part 5 (approx. 12 days)

Wildlife and community volunteering project on Ol Pejeta

What's Involved?

Unique, behind-the-scenes education including; anti-poaching, wildlife research, community development tracking and monitoring, talks from conservationists, Streetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary.  

An opportunity for:

Hands-on experiences with innovative and developing conservation methods, uncovering the future of community-based conservation.

Part 6 (approx. 4 days)

Mt Kenya expedition

What's Involved?

Preparation weekend in town, hiking, altitude, adventure, bushfire stories, bush dinners, laughter, dancing and singing.

An opportunity for:

Experiencing altitude, challenging yourself, teamwork.

Part 7 (approx. 8 days)

Marine volunteering at Kuruwitu Conservation

What's Involved?

Say goodbye to the bush and head down to the beach! Get hands on with local coral reforestation, daily snorkelling and fish identification, community projects, beach clean ups, local wellness, morning lectures on important marine matters and comfort movie nights.

An opportunity for:

Getting sand between your toes, experiencing coastal cultural, local communication, data recording, investing in the health of our oceans.

Part 8 (approx. 3 days)

Departure

What's Involved?

Leaving party, down time, last minute shopping.

An opportunity for:

Teary goodbyes, and planning the first of many reunions! :-)

 

Map

© Helena Lopes

Cost

£8200 ex flights per person - 2022


What's included

Culsans is an all-inclusive experience once your feet are on Kenyan soil.

An automatic $500 donation to the Culsans Scholarship Fund is included in the costs. This goes to help support Il Ngwesi Maasai children through university, encouraging them to aim high and succeed in life. 

Other inclusions:

  • AMREF flying doctor insurance
  • Local tips
  • 3 meals a day
  • Bottled water
  • Full board accommodation
  • 24 hour security and on site management
  • Conservancy fees
  • Course fees
  • Vehicle and transport hire
  • Professional teaching
  • Airport transfers
  • In-country travel advice
  • Sundowners
  • Weekend parties
  • Excursions

We exclude: flights, spending money, any accommodation before reaching Kenya, vaccinations, comprehensive medical insurance, entry visa (50 USD).

Travel Advice

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COVID-19

Covid-19 has caused devastation and uncertainty throughout the world in many different industries. The health, wellbeing and safety of our students and partners is of the highest concern to us. Please see our covid policy here.

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Visa

You will require a visa to get into Kenya. A single entry visa can be purchased online in advance for a fee of $50 here. This will cover you for 3 months. On arrival into Kenya you will be asked to show your e-visa print out. If you get off the aeroplane first you can generally ensure you are towards the front of the queue and hopefully save some time! For further visa information please follow this link:

FCO website

Passport

You will require a passport to get into Kenya. Your passport must be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the day you land and must contain 2 blank pages.

Vaccinations

It is a necessity to travel with Anti-Malaria Pills for the Culsans Kenyan itinerary. You can obtain these from most reputable travel pharmacies. Malaria pills vary so ensure you discuss all options with your doctor and pick the correct one for you.

We also highly recommend the following jabs: Hepatitis A, Polio, Tetanus and Diptheria. For further vaccination advice please refer to the following links:

Travel Health Pro | Fit for Travel

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Money

USD are accepted in most places in Kenya and we advise that you bring $50 in cash as a back up. It is easier however to use the local currency wherever possible: Kenyan shillings, KES. You cannot get KES until you are in Kenya at an ATM. It is very useful to have small dominions for shopping and tipping. There are plenty of ATM’s in airports, local towns and cities. All major credit cards are widely accepted, in particular, Visa and MasterCard.

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Insurance & Flights

It is the customers responsibility to book their own flights and insurance. We have previously worked with Trailfinders who can help guide you on a number of logistics. Contact florence@culsansgaptravel.co.uk for more information.

Last updated 31st December 2020.

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