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Exploring the world… touching lives! Table of Contents Map of Kenya 2 Experience the difference… 3 History and Development of HHT&S 4 Example itineraries 5 Short Excursions 6 Full Day Trips 7 3 Day Safari 8 5 Day Safari 9 7 Day Safari 10 7 Day Tanzania & Kenya Safari 13 Uganda Safari and Gorilla Trek 15 5 Day Trek Mt Kenya 17 7 Day Trek Mt Kilimanjaro 18 Volunteer Opportunities 20 Community Health Care & Education 21 Youth Empowerment 22 Contact Us 23 1 MAP OF KENYA and SURROUNDING EAST AFRICA 2 Kenya, with its breath taking scenery, exotic flora and fauna, and plethora of cultural diversity provides a unique travel destination to anyone wishing to experience the wonders of East Africa. Whether you‟re looking to lie back and enjoy the beaches of Mombasa, embark on a Safari through the majestic National Game Parks, or climb to the summit of Mt Kenya, Helping Hands Tours & Safaris can organize a trip tailor made to suit your interests. Helping Hands Tours & Safaris – Experience the difference… HHT&S not only offers you the opportunity to tour East Africa but also gives you a chance to experience and contribute to the wellbeing of the local community. Our unique organization seeks to provide visitors with high-quality tours and safaris with a difference. Tourists have the chance to experience the beauty of East Africa in addition to volunteering in local community projects facilitated by HHT&S affiliate non-profit organizations, Community Support Group and Matibabu Foundation. HHT&S strive towards excellence in catering for customers’ individual requests to ensure a satisfying and rewarding experience. 3 History and Development HHT&S was founded in January 2006 in an effort to create a financial back bone for its existing non-profit community organizations; Community Support Group and Matibabu Foundation, in Kenya. Community Support Group (CSG) was established in 2001 to provide a survival mechanism for the poor living in the Kibera slums of Nairobi. Recently, CSG has had rapid growth, expanding beyond the city limits to reach rural communities. CSG’s major objectives include: community health care & education environmental awareness & sanitation youth sports & community media poverty alleviation In 2004, with the help of eight American doctors, the Matibabu Foundation was established to work in tandem with CSG, providing medical care, support, education and supplies to residents of Ugenya, Kenya. HHT&S was established to offer its international visitors “something different.” We offer unique safaris and sight seeing trips in conjunction with opportunities to participate and contribute to some of the voluntary programs taking place within CSG/Matibabu. Profits from the organization are re-invested into the community by financially supporting CSG and Matibabu’s social development and health related initiatives/projects. 4 Helping Hands Tours and Safaris are able to cater for a variety of client interests, budget and time schedules. We have provided a number of example itineraries and tour options for you to browse. However, we like to encourage our clients to be creative with their holiday… Using both our knowledge and personal experience we aim to develop a unique holiday experience with your input – one which you will treasure for a lifetime! 5 Short Excursions NAIROBI CITY TOUR – 3hrs Tour through Nairobi’s shopping districts, the law courts, Parliament buildings, Uhuru Park, the city market, the National Museum and Snake Park. Complete your visit by standing back and viewing Nairobi’s city centre from the Kenyatta International Conference Center. NAIROBI NATIONAL PARK – 4hrs Visit the only game park within the limits of the city, also featuring the highest concentration of black rhinos in the world. Then proceed to the Animal Orphanage where wounded/orphaned animals are nursed back to health. KAREN BLIXEN MUSEUM, LANGATA GIRAFFE CENTER & CARNIVORE RESTAURANT Visit the “Out of Africa” Karen Blixen museum, located in the house where this famous author resided. Proceed to the Giraffe Center where you will have the opportunity to hand feed Rothschild Giraffes. After a day of touring a stop at the famous Carnivore restaurant where you can sample an excellent range of succulent barbequed game meat and an extensive choice of well varied dishes. 6 Full Day Trips RIFT VALLEY AND MT LONGONOT Spend the day trekking the dormant volcano of Mt Longonot to see the breathtaking views of the Rift Valley. LAKE NAKURU Nakuru National park is the best place in Kenya to sight white rhinos grazing by the lakeside, accompanied by the spectacular view of a sheet of pink flamingos covering the shores of the lake. After driving to the Lake to arrive in time for lunch, you will experience an afternoon’s game drive, heading back to Nairobi with a stop over at the Naviasha Country Club for tea or coffee. Arrive back in Nairobi early the next morning. KIBERA SLUMS TOUR A unique opportunity exists for visitors to be taken through Kibera, the largest slum area in Eastern Africa. You will be safely guided through local youth community projects, learning about the history and current environment of the Kibera slums. Engage in an eye opening perspective of the way a developing African community lives. 7 3 Day Safari MAASAI MARA Day 1 Depart from Nairobi in the early morning to travel to Masai Mara. After lunch proceed to enjoy an afternoon game drive though the national park, a classic example of the African savanna. Dinner and overnight stay at a lodge/camp. Day 2 After an early breakfast depart on a full day game drive. The park is densely populated with a wide range of wild life, including the Big 5 – lions, leopards, numerous heard of elephants, giraffes, wildebeest and many more. Dinner and overnight stay at a lodge/ camp. Day 3 Early Game drive before breakfast. Late breakfast and then leave for Nairobi taking lunch en route. 8 5 Day Safari ABERDARES – SAMBURU – MT KENYA – LAKE NAKURU Day 1 Drive north of Nairobi to the Aberdares game park. After lunch at the hotel transfer to the Treetops hotel or, if camping, spend the day walking though Aberdares. Day 2 & 3 Drive to Samburu arriving in time for lunch. Afternoon game drive, dinner and overnight stay at camp/lodge. After morning game drives and lunch proceed to Mt Kenya arriving in time for dinner. Overnight at a lodge. Day 4 After an early breakfast and game drive proceed to Mt. Kenya Safari Club for lunch. Dinner and overnight stay at the club. Day 5 After a leisurely morning breakfast return to Nairobi. 9 7 Day Safari AMBOSELI – TSAVO – MOMBASA Day 1 Leave Nairobi traveling via Namanga on the Tanzania border to Amboseli. After lunch depart on an afternoon game drive. Dinner and overnight at the lodge. Day 2 After an early breakfast head to visit the snow caped Mt Kilimanjaro then proceed to picnic in the Amboseli plains. Dinner and overnight at camp/lodge Day 3 After an early morning game drive return for a late breakfast then head to Tsavo west game park in time for lunch. Spend the afternoon on game drives passing though the Mzima springs and Chylul Hills. Dinner and overnight at lodge. 10 Day 4 After breakfast head out on a game drive in Tsavo East visit Lugard falls. Dinner and overstay at lodge. Day 5 After an early breakfast head to the coast to the beautiful beaches of Mombasa. Proceed to cottages for lunch. Spend the afternoon at leisure relaxing on the golden beached under the Kenyan sun. Dinner and overnight at lodge. Day 6 Spend the entire day at leisure relaxing swimming and wandering around the spectacular beaches of the Kenyan coast. Day 7 After breakfast embark on a tour around the historic sites of Mombasa city. After an early lunch head back to Nairobi. 11 OUT OF KENYA Other tours, safaris and holiday ideas 12 7 Day Kenya & Tanzania Safari ARUSHA – TARANGIRE – NGORONGORO - SERENGETI Day 1 Leave early from Nairobi for Arusha via the Namanga border to arrive at lodge/camp for lunch. After lunch drive to Tarangire National Park for an afternoon game drive. Return to Arusha lodge/campsite for dinner and overnight stay. Day 2 After breakfast enjoy a game drive through Lake Manyara and continue on to the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater to check in for dinner and overnight stay at lodge/campsite. Day 3 A highlight awaits you early this morning as you descend through the early morning mists 2,000 feet to the crater floor. Spend a full day searching for rhino, elephant, buffalo and the big cats. 13 Day 4 After an early breakfast leave for the Serengeti. First stopping at Ol Duvai Gorge, famous site of Dr Louis Leakey’s discovery of prehistoric “Homo Habilis.” Arrive in the Serengeti in time for dinner and overnight stay in lodge/campsite. Day 5 & 6 Morning and afternoon game drives are included in this great wildlife reserve. At times, there are over 35 species of plans game as well as over one million wildebeest and five hundred thousand zebra in this, Tanzania’s largest park. Day 7 Depart after breakfast this morning and fly to Arusha for lunch. Continue by road to Nairobi. 14 Uganda Safari and Gorilla Trek KAMPALA – MURCHISON FALLS – NILE – FORT PORTAL – QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK Day 1 Depart Kampala for a panoramic drive through the famous Luwero Triangle and Masindi Town to Murchison Falls National Park arriving in time for a picnic lunch. Marvel at the Nile, and return for dinner and overnight at lodge/campsite. Day 2 Cross the placid Victoria Nile to the northern bank where you will spot elephant, lion, buffalo, giraffe, hyena and if you are lucky, the leopard. After a packed lunch picnic, go for a boat safari up the Victoria Nile to the base of the falls stopping just tens of meters from the "Devil's Cauldron". Day 3 All day drive south via Hoima to Fort Portal, resting in the shadow of the fabled “Mountains of the Moon.” Dinner and overnight at Kibale Tented Camp 15 Day 4 Full day walk through Fort Portal in search for chimpanzees and other primates. This areas is excellent for viewing bird life and seeing primates at close quarters. Dinner and overnight at Kibale campsite. Day 5 & 6 After an early breakfast proceed to Queen Elizabeth National Park for a morning game drive following the mystical Ruwenzori Mountain Range. Enjoy the unique 2 hour boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel into Lake Edward offering an excellent view for bird watching and game viewing. Dinner and overnight at lodge. Continue for a second game drive through this majestic area the next day. Day 7 Take an early morning departure to Maramagambo Forest, climbing through tropical forest and catch a glimpse of a variety of primates, including chimpanzee. Visit the Bat Caves and the “Blue Lake.” Drive onwards to Kampala, with a stopover in Mbarara for lunch, arriving back early evening. 16 A variety of treks can be organized for individuals of different fitness levels. 5 day Mt Kenya Trek MT KENYA UP SIRIMON DOWN NARO MORU Day 1 After breakfast you will leave Nairobi for Nanyuki town. A town set on the foothills of Mt Kenya. After lunch spend the rest of the afternoon acclimatizing. Overnight at Nanyuki budget hotel. Day 2 After breakfast, drive to the Sirimon Track Park Gate. Hike to Old Moses hut in an average time of 3 hours, lunch enroute. Dinner overnight at the hut, 3,300m above sea. Day 3 An early start for Shiptons, alt. 4,200m (average hiking time is 6 hours) lunch enroute. Dinner/overnight at the hut. Day 4 Wake up to a pre-dawn attempt of Pt Lenana, 4,985m above sea level. If the weather is clear you can see Mt Kilimanjaro to the south, Mt Elgon to the west and the Indian Ocean to the east. Surrounded by glaciers and ice rock caves, descend leisurely to Mackinders camp on the Naro Moru trail, meals enroute (5 hours). Dinner/overnight at the Teleki Valley hut. Day 5 After breakfast, descend to Met station (3 hours) and catch your transport to Naro Moru town for lunch, returning to Nairobi that evening. 17 7 day Mt Kilimanjaro Trek KILIMANJARO VIA MARANGU ROUTE Day 1 Leave early from Nairobi for Arusha, arriving in time for lunch. You will have the afternoon to organize any gear required for the trek. Overnight at Arusha hotel. Day 2 After breakfast drive to Moshi and onto Marangu Park Gate, the set off point for your 3 hour hike to Mandara Hut (9km). Here, we are at 2,774m above sea level and you will spend your first night on Kilimanjaro. Day 3 Begin your trek to Horombo hut in an average hiking time of 8 hours, lunch enroute. In clear weather Mawenzi and Kibo peaks can be seen. Dinner and overnight at the hut, alt. 3,761m. 18 Day 4 After breakfast hike 13km to Kibo hut, alt. 4,732m in an average time of 6 hours. You will encounter spectacular mountain vegetation such as lobelia, giant cacti & groundsel. Day 5 Wake at 2:00am for a pre-dawn attempt of the summit. It takes 5 hours to Gilman’s Point 5,681m above sea level. From Gilman’s it takes 1 hour to summit Uhuru Peak, the highest point in Africa at 5,896m above sea level. Descend to Horombo hut for overnight. Day 6 After breakfast, descend to the Marangu Park Gate via Mandara. You will be transferred to your Arusha hotel for overnight. Day 7 After breakfast depart for Nairobi on the morning or afternoon shuttle Why not consider trekking one of Kenya‟s other mountains; Mt Meru, Mt Elgon or Aberdares? 19 VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES HHT&S provides clients with the opportunity to combine their holiday with a volunteering experience. You can volunteer within one of our affiliated community organizations in a variety of areas for any length of time, depending on your interests and skills. Take the opportunity to contribute to society while engaging with the African culture and its people. 20 Community Health Care & Education - UGENYA THE MATIBABU HEALTH CLINIC The Matibabu Health Clinic focuses on providing quality medical health care at a subsidized cost to local residents. Other projects run by the health clinic include the Healthy Children's Clinic (that focuses on the issue of worm control) and the Mosquito Net Distribution Project. YOUTH FRIENDLY CENTRE The Youth Friendly Centre strives to empower youths to realize their potential for self-help. The Centre, in conjunction with the Matibabu Health Clinic, also stresses the need of dialogue, specifically regarding health and reproductive issues such as HIV/AIDS. WOMEN'S CENTRE CSG’s Women's Centre aims to provide a platform for women of all ages to empower themselves and realize their own abilities and potential for self-help. It provides a safe haven for women to voice their concerns or opinions pertaining to issues that affect their lives. 21 Youth Empowerment - KIBERA LEARNING, VOCATIONAL & RESOURCE CENTRE Provides youth and adults in Kibera with access to a variety of resources including literacy classes, computer training and a library equipped with educational materials. This centre also aims to provide youth school drop-outs with vocational training in skills such as handicrafts, agriculture and small business management. HIV/AIDS AWARENESS Encouraging youth in secondary schools and the community to discuss issues around AIDS and other related STI’s. Outreach programs in schools include the production and distribution of the “Straight Talk” magazine. WASTE MANAGEMENT & SANITATION Educating youth about environmental management and protection through the establishment of waste management and recycling programs in the community. 22 “Kenya is a majestic country. I had the opportunity to not only experience the beauty of its environment but through volunteering I shared the warmth and spirit of African culture and its people.” Michel Crevecoeur, the Netherlands “I had seen the big 5 at the zoo, but seeing them on safari made me realize there is nothing more beautiful than observing these animals in their natural habitat.” Emily Guh, China “To be confronted with the actual image of „poverty‟ and recognize how something little really does go a long way in communities such as Kibera really inspired me to do more. My volunteer experience taught me that I, as one individual, can make a difference – even from Australia!” Chloe Reschke- Maguire, Australia Don’t wait, call us! P.O. 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