traveller holds hands with a Samuru tribe member as part of her Discovery Tour in Kenya.

Discovery Tour in Kenya

Explore the beauty of the savannah as you hike mountains and visit a traditional Samburu tribe

At a glance

Our Discovery Trip in Kenya lets you experience the country and culture first-hand, right from Nanyuki.  You’ll get to see some of the Big 5 on game drives, hike near Mount Kenya and explore the Mau Mau caves that are rich in Kenyan history. The best part is that you’ll get to visit a Samburu tribe where you’ll learn traditional dance, indulge in local food and even try your hand at the local language, Swahili.

Enjoy an introduction to Africa that combines unforgettable safari adventures with cultural immersion. Get ready for an authentic adventure.

Start Dates: 

Fixed dates throughout the year

See Dates

Minimum Duration: 

One Week

Requirements: 

Anyone aged 18 or over can join


What are the highlights of my Discover Kenya trip?

We’ve planned numerous activities to ensure you get the most out of your trip. Here are the highlights of our Discovery Tour in Kenya:

  • Go on a safari adventure in the famous Samburu National Park or the Maasai Mara National Park
  • Explore the Mau Mau caves, where Kenyan freedom fighters used to take refuge from the British
  • Put your African rhythm to the test with a traditional dancing lesson
  • Learn to cook traditional Kenyan dishes and partake in the finished product
  • Hike in Mount Kenya National Park and view the mountain that gave the country its name
  • Discover the vibrant and colourful Samburu tribe and its traditions

Is this trip to Kenya right for me?

Our Discovery Trips are perfect for travellers looking for an immersive and action packed itinerary. You’ll spend a week travelling around Kenya, exploring and discovering the beauty of Kenyan parks. You’ll discover the rich tribal history and traditions, breathtaking views and abundant wildlife. You’ll get all this in one intense and exciting week, full of authentic African experiences. 

This trip is open to travelers over 18 but a decent level of fitness is required due to a hike being included on the itinerary.

While in Kenya, you’ll live with a local host family who will introduce you to life in Kenya first-hand. Use this opportunity to interact with your host family, ask questions and learn a few skills. You’ll go home having learned a few Swahili phrases or know exactly how much spice to add for that delicious Kenyan dish. You’ll travel to and from activities in a private vehicle to make your trip more comfortable.


Day 1 – Arrival in Nanyuki

The day you land in Nanyuki may be an overwhelming one but our staff will be there to guide you through. They’ll collect you from the airport and drive you to your host family where you’ll live with the rest of your group. Your host family will welcome you as one of their own (and the food is something to write home about!). 

After you have settled in, your group will be taken on a tour of Nanyuki. You’ll be shown all the important spots like supermarkets and ATMs. To finish off the day, you’ll attend a Swahili language lesson where you’ll learn a few basic words and phrases in the local language.

Day 2 – Mau Mau Caves and traditional dance lesson

Take a trip into Kenyan history as you tour the Mau Mau caves in the Mount Kenya National Park. These caves were made famous by Kenya Freedom Fighters who used them as a hide-out during the Mau Mau Uprising between 1952 - 1960.

In the evening, you’ll need to put on your dancing shoes after dinner. A local dancer will show you the ways of traditional Kenyan dance. This is the perfect chance to test your African rhythm. 

Day 3 – Cooking class

Get ready to fill those bellies with some of the most delicious food in Kenya. You’ll start your day shopping for ingredients at a local market before learning how to combine them into the perfect dish that will leave you drooling for more. But your cooking lessons don’t stop there. You’ll finish off the day at the crafts center where you’ll learn how to make traditional bread. Yum!

Day 4 – Hike in Mount Kenya National Park

It’s all about the outdoors today as you depart for Mount Kenya National Park. You’ll spend the day hiking in the park and learning about the various plants and animals you see. You’ll do all this under the backdrop of the stunning Mount Kenya, the highest mountain in Kenya and the second-highest in Africa

Day 5 – Samburu Village and game drive

Spend the day exploring and talking to the locals from a traditional village in Kenya. You’ll learn all about their fascinating pastoralist culture, how they live and why. 

You’ll finish off the day by going on a game drive inside the Samburu National Park. Try and spot as many of the Big 5 as you can. You might even get a glimpse of the endangered Rothschild giraffe.

Day 6 – Nairobi

Travel to Nairobi and learn more about the history of the country. You’ll visit the Nairobi City Museum, the Parliament Building and bus station. If you didn’t get to see giraffes on our game drive the day before, you’ll be sure to catch a glimpse at the Giraffe Center in Nairobi. They protect endangered giraffes and help conserve their habitats.

Finish off the day with a tour through the Bomas of Kenya Cultural Center, a touristic village in the heart of the capital. Bomas displays traditional villages belonging to the several Kenyan tribes so you’re in for a real cultural and historical treat.

Day 7 – Departure from Nanyuki

Use your last day to prepare for your departure, say your goodbyes and recap stories with your group. It was a week of incredible experiences and memories that will last long after you’ve headed back home


Food and accommodation

You'll stay with a host family in Nanyuki. They’ll welcome you into their home, eager to share their customs and have you teach them about your own culture. We believe that this is the best way to immerse yourself in the culture of Kenya and have a truly unique experience.

The accommodation is safe, clean, and comfortable. Your programme fees include three meals a day.

Find out more about our accommodation.


Safety and staff support

Your safety and security is our prime concern. We have many procedures and systems to ensure you have the support you need to enjoy your trip with peace of mind. Our Projects Abroad staff are available 24 hours a day to help, and will be on-hand to make sure you settle in well at your accommodation and placement. If you encounter any problems, they will be available to help at any time.


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When you apply you only pay $295, which comes off the total price. Flexible payment options, fundraising advice, and scholarships available.

Looking to do more than one project? Call us on (+1) 619 320 2424 to see if we can offer a discount.

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