• Complete a community project to assist a remote Kenyan village school
  • Game safari at the remote Ol Pejeta Conservancy Reserve
  • Viewing elephants, lions, cheetahs, Grevy's zebras, buffalos, oryx, grants gazelles, dikdiks, cheetah, and hyena on safari
  • Acclimatisation day on flanks of Mt Kenya with opportunities to spot wildlife
  • Traverse Mount Kenya from East to West via the Chogoria and Sirimon routes
  • Ascend via the quieter and most dramatic Chogoria route, climbing to Point Lenana, the highest trekking peak in Mt Kenya
  • Include service learning projects that address UN Sustainable Development Goals
  • Tailor this itinerary to suit your school's needs & budget

This exciting school trip in Kenya combines a service-learning project with outstanding wildlife viewing opportunities and a challenging trek to ascend Mount Kenya, Africa's second-highest peak. The adventure begins in Nairobi where students visit the herds of inquisitive Rothschild giraffe that wander the grounds of the famous Giraffe Manor. From Nairobi we travel by private vehicle to a village primary school where we'll spend three days working alongside local teachers and tradesmen to refurbish classrooms. From here we then set off on a fully supported 6-day camping adventure to summit Kenya's highest peak, the majestic Mt Kenya (4985m) (14,955 ft). Home to diverse wildlife and fewer trekkers than Kilimanjaro, trekking on Mt Kenya offers an exhilarating climb without the crowds. The Chogoria/Sirimon Route offers the best combination of alpine scenery and acclimatisation as we traverse the mountain via Point Lenana at 4985m (14,955 ft). After completing the trek, students return to the plains to view the incredible wild game and bird life of the remote Ol Pejeta Conservancy.


Start and Finishing Point:



Grading:Moderate to Challenging   


Upon arriving in Nairobi you will be met by your guides at the airport and driven in private transport to the group hotel where you will have an opportunity for a rest and to freshen up before we head out for some exploring and some lunch. Our first stop will be to visit the famous Giraffe Manor where we can experience the resident herd of Rothschild giraffe going about their business whilst also keeping in close contact with the people who come to visit and stay at the manor. Seeing a cheeky giraffe poke its head and elongated neck through a window at people enjoying lunch is a sight to behold! The Giraffe Manor is surrounded by 140 acres of indigenous forest just outside Kenya's capital, Nairobi. As well as the giraffe, the property is also home to many species of birds, large families of warthogs and the elusive Bush Buck. Tonight we will enjoy a welcome dinner and celebrate being in Kenya and actually doing what you have dreamed of for so long...

Meals:  D

This morning we head to Gatunda Village (approx. 4-5 hours drive). In the afternoon we will visit our project area for a full briefing about what to expect over the next few days.

Meals:  B,L,D

The final location of your project will be advised during the planning stages of your expedition. There are many villages that are in need and we select different villages for every different school. For the following two days we will assist the staff and students from the school on a variety of jobs which will make the school a better place to work and learn. The materials would have been purchased locally and transported to the school ready for our arrival. To improve efficiencies and to ensure the project is completed on time the group will be split into work groups, each tackling a different aspect of the project. Along with our expert guides there will be a professional carpenter on-site who will be coordinating the project and who will act like a foreman. The tasks will include, sanding and preparing internal and external wooden surfaces for painting, repair or replacement, repairing broken wooden floor boards and wall panels, repairing and also building new classroom desks and chairs, and other minor class room repairs. It will involve manual labor and you should be prepared for up to eight hours work per day. The work will be hard at times but rewarding, constructive and fascinating. There could be some heavy carrying at times although no ladders, power tools or access to the roof will be allowed. Accommodation: Camping at school grounds

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning bid farewell to the plains and our new friends at Ol Pejeta and commence our six day trek to the summit of Kenya's highest mountain. We head to Chogoria Village where in the afternoon we will ascend the steep and rutted track to the Bandas (cottages) in woodland near the Chogoria Gate (3,017 m) ( 9051 ft) of the Mt Kenya National Park where we stay for the night. Our gear will be transported by Land Rovers while we gain acclimatisation with our first walk at altitude. Today is a good opportunity to acclimatise, as we will be staying at an altitude of around 3,000 m (9000 ft). We will relax and organize our gear for the trek ahead. There will also be opportunities to view some of the native wildlife that live in this forest belt. The flora and fauna surrounding the Bandas is prolific. Accommodation: camping

Meals:  B,L,D

The day starts slowly with a gentle game walk in the surrounding forest. Elephant, Buffalo, Antelope & Colobus Monkey all live here as do Augur Buzzard & Verreaux's Eagle. After a late breakfast we will trek to Lake Ellis (3,500 m) (10,500 ft). Gradually the forest drops away as we enter a high moorland zone. Lake Ellis is a peaceful spot with good views of the main peaks - still two days trekking away. Accommodation: camping

Meals:  B,L,D

The walk to Mintos Hut is spectacular. Overlooking the Gorges Vallley, rising into the Afro-Alpine zone, winding through mazes of house-sized rocks, it offers one photo op after another. The campsites are as gorgeous as the walk. Mintos Tarn is a deep blue alpine lake surrounded by giant groundsel and lobelia, framed by peaks and pinnacles. Accommodation: camping

Meals:  B,L,D

The trek now enters the Alpine Zone - after quite a boggy start to the trek the walking surface soon turns to scree. We climb several steep slopes to the Tooth (4,700 m) (14,100 ft), from where it is a gentle contour to Simba Tarn at 4,560 m (13,680 ft), which we should reach in time for a late lunch. Accommodation: camping

Meals:  B,L,D

After a hot drink we commence at 5:00 am for the steep ascent (2 hours) of Point Lenana (4,985 m) (14,955 ft) in time for sunrise. Although the climb is straightforward, the final section is hard work at this altitude. From the summit it is often possible to see Mt Kilimanjaro 320 km (200 mi) away as well as the nearby climbing peaks of Mt Kenya; Nelion and Batian which should be bathed in golden sunlight at this time of the morning. We descend back to Simba Tarn for a well-earned cooked breakfast, and continue our descent via the Sirimon Route to Old Moses Camp. The walk today is long and exhausting and will challenge even the fittest of walkers. However the thrill of standing on the roof of Kenya will surely make the effort worth while. Accommodation: camping

Meals:  B,L,D

After breakfast we head through the Sirimon Valley and down through the lush forest belt to the Park Gate where our transport will be waiting to take us on our next stage of our African Odyssey, to go see the incredible game and wildlife which makes Africa so unique. We plan to arrive at our campsite by mid afternoon where we can then head out on our first game safari drive in the glowing light of a Kenyan sunset. Accommodation: camping

Meals:  B,L,D

Today we spend the day game viewing in the Ol Pejeta Conservancy Area. All members of the "Big five game" (lion, buffalo, elephant, leopard and rhinoceros) can be found on the Ol Pejeta Conservancy. Both black and white rhino thrive here. Other rare animals that can be found on Ol Pejeta include the endangered African wild dog, oryx, Jackson’s hartebeest, Grevy’s zebra, serval, cheetah and bat-eared fox. The more common African wildlife can be found too, including giraffes, monkeys, baboons, hippos, impala, eland, Grant's gazelle, dik-dik, plains zebra, silver backed jackal, hyena. There are also over 300 bird species on the Conservancy. All animals are free to move in and out of the Conservancy by way of specially constructed "game corridors" that only restrict the movement of rhinos. Knee-high posts in the ground, situated very close together, present no challenge for elephant, antelope and carnivores, who are easily able to jump or step over. Rhinos, however, are unable to do this, and as a result are restricted from moving into areas where they are in danger of poachers. The wilderness areas of Africa are populated by large numbers of wild and potentially dangerous animals. The trip aims to view these animals in their natural habitat, uncontrolled by fences. Your experienced guides will make every effort to ensure the safety of the group at all times. Please be aware that all safari travel, including vehicle safaris in the proximity of wild animals is never entirely without risk. By travelling into wild areas in search of wild animals, all participants accept that they are choosing an adventure that includes an element of risk and this is an inherent aspect of the enjoyment of this style of travel. Accommodation: camping

Meals:  B,L,D

An early morning game drive offers the best wildlife viewing before breaking camp. We exit the reserve by private vehicle on our way back to Nairobi, arriving in the afternoon. Time permitting, we will learn about an inspiring program which has been educating disadvantaged children from a suburb of Nairobi for more than 15 years. Karen Street Children's Trust has been very successful in sponsoring children so they can attend various boarding schools where they can receive a secondary education. We will meet a representative who will discuss the challenges many Kenyan children are faced with and the difference and importance an education can make. Tonight you will be transferred to the airport for your flight home.

Meals:  B,L

Addressing the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Quality Education:  Obtaining a quality education is the foundation to improving people’s lives and sustainable development.

Industry Innovation And Infrastructure:  Investments in infrastructure are crucial to achieving sustainable development.

Reduced Inequalities:  To reduce inequalities, policies should be universal in principle, paying attention to the needs of disadvantaged and marginalized populations.

Learning outcomes for students

World Expeditions Schools journeys are designed to encourage positive personal development and the learning of life skills, while leaving the communities and environments we travel to, in a better condition than when we arrived.
The programs are designed to:
• build strong friendships and bonds with their peers, their teachers, and the local people they meet.
• increase the confidence to engage with new people, and collaboratively make informed decisions.
• discover the benefits of working cooperatively together as a cohesive team, to achieve a common objective.
• Increase the ability to face, and cope with, mental and physical challenges and therefore increase resilience.
• give students a chance to appreciate and care for the natural world. The environments we travel through are beautiful and often pristine, invariably the students will gain a deeper appreciation and understanding about how their individual actions impact on the environment.
• Learn personal skills i.e., time management, personal hygiene, responsibility for personal gear, patience, tolerance, and public speaking.
We help encourage students to learn what it means to be a true global citizen.


  • 12 breakfasts, 12 lunches and 12 dinners
  • 3 day community project including the logistical and operational support and expert locals to assist with the project being completed on time
  • private air conditioned vehicle transport throughout Kenya
  • national park entrance fees Mt Kenya and Ol Pejeta Conservancy valued at US$240 per person
  • 1 night in The Heron Hotel, Nairobi
  • 10 nights camping whilst completing the community project, trekking on Mt Kenya or at Samburu Nature Reserve
  • group camping equipment (sleeping bags and mats are not provided)
  • services of porters and experienced guides on Mt Kenya
  • experienced bilingual safari guides and local Masai guides
  • group medical kit
  • pre departure information kit including all you need to know for your trek and community project

  • Bottled water, Aerated drinks, and items of a personal nature such as phone calls, laundry, email etc.
  • Fundraising component for the materials and relevant freight charges to Gatundu Primary School whilst undertaking the class room community project, suggest about US$200 pp
  • Tipping for the crew, porters and drivers should you feel appropriate at a total of US$50 per student
  • Kenyan entry visa - approx US$25 paid upon arrival
  • travel insurance (compulsory)
  • International flights


Moderate to Challenging

Mount Kenya Ascent is graded moderate to challenging and is considered to be one of the more demanding treks in East Africa, suitable for experienced and fit walkers only. Undoubtedly the altitude is a factor in determining the challenging grade of the trip, however, the terrain you will be required to ascend and descend through is sometimes difficult to negotiate at times, with some rock scrambling and long ascents. This trip has been designed to achieve the best possible acclimatisation in the time frame. As with all our Challenging programs, we expect people to be regular outdoors people, enjoying aerobic sport around four or five times a week over some period of time. Preferably this has been a long term interest but if not, you have set a program of fitness preparation with at least three months lead in time to your trip. The fitter you are for your trip, the more of a holiday it will be. Activities as close to the actual activity on your trip are the best training; in this instance walking and climbing, with and without a pack. This builds leg strength, aerobic capacity and confidence in your ability to travel comfortably with a pack for extended periods. Whilst this ascent of Mt Kenya is not a technical climb, it is nevertheless a short and steep trek at altitude in possibly adverse weather conditions, and for many people it will be the hardest physical walk of their life. Come and talk to us if you are unsure about your suitability for the Mt Kenya Ascent..

Customise your program

We can fully customise a School Travel Program to suit your students' learning objectives and budget. Whether you require a Service Learning program, physical challenge, cultural immersion or certain curriculum targets - talk to one of our educational travel experts about the elements you need in your itinerary. We pride ourselves on developing unique itineraries to meet the learning requirements for schools.

World Expeditions Schools is a division of one of the world's leading adventure travel companies, World Expeditions. We can develop itineraries in any destination that is offered by World Expeditions, which is to every continent on earth.

Use our simple Expedition Design Form to contact us with your requirements and an educational travel expert will be in touch to assist.

Why travel with us

Why travel with us

Assisted over
14,000 Students Worldwide

Since the 1980's, we have helped students from around the globe to experience the world's most exciting destinations, allowing them to travel, give, grow.

400+ Service Learning

Together with students, we have completed over 400 Service Learning programs in developing countries. We will always continue to support causes including social justice, animal welfare, the environment and more.

Fully Customised
School Travel Programs

Want to include service learning, your school curriculum and a physical challenge, or any of the above? Contact us and we can design a program fully catered for your students and budget.

Safety and
Support - Our #1 Priority

Every school receives a detailed risk management plan that is guided by government advisories and the local partners we work with. We never compromise on the safety of your students to reduce the price of the program.


Want to find out more?

Our educational travel experts are ready to help you tailor an itinerary or service learning project to suit your school’s needs and budget. Contact us today to receive a free consultation.

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