Cultural Kenya - Experience the Magic of Lady Susan Wood

Cultural Kenya - Experience the Magic of Lady Susan Wood

Nairobi . Amboseli . Machakos village
10 day/9 night locally escorted package
From $3499 per person based on double occupancy

Cultural Kenya - Experience the Magic of Lady Susan Wood

Cultural Kenya - Experience the Magic of Lady Susan Wood

Kenya > Amboseli National Park > Nairobi


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10 Days, 9 Nights

Seeking a way to to provide gainful employment for single mothers, Susan Wood founded Kazuri (Swahili for small and beautiful), a bead factory, at the bottom of her garden in Karen, outside Nairobi. Today Kazuri beads employs over 200 women and exports to store in six countries, including Harrods of London.  There are many charitable organizations and NGOs in Kenya, but those which create meaningful and profitable jobs are without doubt the most impactful.

This vacation is for those who seek cultural exchange and want to get to know, and help, local Kenyan women, as well as see other such projects in action.  After 2 nights in Nairobi and a day tour including a visit to Kazuri Beads, as well as other women-focused points of interest, guests will head to Amboseli for a three day safari in one of Kenya’s most game rich and scenic National Parks.  After these wonderful wildlife encounters, travel to Machakos to volunteer on the shambas (market gardens) of single Kenyan women who make their living selling produce at the local market. These women are part of a bi-country organization and are raising money for their own water catchment system.  It will be hard to leave these inspiring women, for the safari in nearby Amboseli National Park, but the friendships forged and the memories made, will last forever.


  • Visit to Sheldrick Elephant Sanctuary to meet 'your' orphan elephant
  • Game drives in elephant rich Amboseli National Park
  • Views of Mt Kilimanjaro from Amboseli National Park
  • Working with local Kenyan women in need who are saving for a rainwater catchment system


  • Nairobi Interntional airport meet and greet service
  • All transfers
  • 2 nights Karen Gables hotel, Nairobi, including breakfast
  • Visit to Kazuri Beads, Sheldrick Elephant Sanctuary, Karen Blixen Museum
  • Adoption of orphan elephant - one orphan per traveler
  • Ranger / Driver services Nairobi - Amboseli - Machakos
  • 3 nights Satao Elerai, Amboseli National Park, including meals and game drives
  • 4 night/3 day village volunteer experience with basic local accommodation in Machakos County, including all meals

Group Size

Minimum 2, solo travelers pay surcharge


Departs daily, year round


From $3499 per person based on double occupancy*

Trip Terms

*Prices are quoted in USD and are ‘from’, per person, based on twin share. Single supplements apply.  Black-out dates may apply. All pricing is strictly subject to availability. All prices, itineraries and routing are subject to change without notice. Please call for our current prices.  Airlines frequently change their prices as a result of fare increases and/or fuel surcharges. Prices are current at time of posting (4/15/19) and may differ when you book your travel and are not guaranteed until full payment is received and processed. CA CST: 2076233-40, WA ID 601684531, LA-1282498.

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Cultural Kenya - Experience the Magic of Lady Susan Wood

Day 1: Nairobi

On arrival you will be met at Nairobi International Airport and transferred to your accommodation. Rest of day at leisure.

Cultural Kenya - Experience the Magic of Lady Susan Wood

Day 2: Nairobi

Explore key philanthropic organizations Kazuri Beads and David Sheldrick Elephant sanctuary, as well as Karen Blixen Museum and the Giraffe Center. (B)

Cultural Kenya - Experience the Magic of Lady Susan Wood

Day 3: Amboseli

Your ranger/driver will collect you for the journey southwest to Amboseli National Park and your accommodation for 3 nights, Satao Elerai camp. Your first game drive will be this afternoon. (B,L,D)

Cultural Kenya - Experience the Magic of Lady Susan Wood

Day 4 - 5: Amboseli

Enjoy game drives and other camp activities in Amboseli National Park. Additionally, visits to a Masaai village, and the Amboseli research center are options. (B,L,D)

Cultural Kenya - Experience the Magic of Lady Susan Wood

Day 6: Machakos

Your ranger/driver will take you to your simple village accommodation where you will meet the coordinator of your volunteer project for a briefing. Your village accommodation is clean, safe and comfortable, but spartan. The warmth of the villagers will be your strongest memory. (B,L,D)

Cultural Kenya - Experience the Magic of Lady Susan Wood

Days 7 - 9: Machakos

In Kenya, water is next to air. Spend these days working to prepare a site for a rain water catchment system. Once this system is installed, it will change the lives of the women and her children as they will no longer have to walk for water (sometimes up to 6 hours of walking each day). The catchment system water will be clean and parasite free. Kenya's two rainy seasons will ensure that the tanks are always full. Accommodation in a local guesthouse is very simple, and the work can be demanding. (B,L,D)

Cultural Kenya - Experience the Magic of Lady Susan Wood

Day 10: Depart

Say goodbye to your new Kenyan friends, whose gratitude for your help is immense. You will be transferred to Nairobi International Airport for departure. (B)



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