- Who? Groups of at least 5
- When? Projects have flexible dates and run all year round
- Where? Soysambu Conservancy, Rift Valley, Kenya
It doesn't get much more exciting than being able to volunteer on a conservation project in the stunning country that is Kenya! Group Trips allow a significant input to surveying and monitoring of local animal and bird populations. Groups also allow a large area of plants to be surveyed too. Your input will be a big help to the conservancy.
Every day at the conservancy will be hard work, but rewarding. You may help carry out mammal surveys using camera traps, or looking for scats and footprints, or help with bird surveys. You will also identify plants and may take plant samples for drying and pressing. Other important tasks include alien plant removal, checking perimeter fences, helping prevent soil erosion and maintaining both roads and natural watering holes for the animals.
The Soysambu Conservancy is working to protect a vital tract of the Great Rift Valley. It's a haven and breeding ground for a diverse range of wild animals, and has a particular emphasis on protecting the endangered Rothschild's giraffe. Soysambu Conservancy covers 48,000 acres, and is home to more than 450 bird species and over 50 species of mammal, including over 100 Rothschild's Giraffe, some 10% of the world population which remains in the wild today. You will have the opportunity to go on giraffe surveillance trips in a vehicle and monitor feeding on foot, all of which contributes to a wealth of data gathered by other reserves in order to determine the fate of this subspecies.
Throughout your stay in Kenya, your group will stay on the conservancy in a dormitory-style ranch house called Congreve House. It has a wide open outside area for activities and a spacious and comfortable living area for relaxing or socialising, as well as offering options for both indoor and outdoor dining. There is solar power that is switched on in the evenings. There is currently no hot water for showers, but we are working to offer this soon.
You don’t need any previous experience as you will receive training in the various research techniques and plant and animal identification. You are mentored the whole time by highly experienced and dedicated conservation staff who will teach your group everything you need to know on this project.
In your time off you will be able to take part in a number of organized activities in and around the conservancy, and will take trips out to beautiful locations that may include lakes, a national park or volcanic crater.
This placement is fully researched, safety audited and risk assessed in accordance with the British Standard BS8848 for the Adventure Travel Sector.