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Women Empowering Women
Join Crooked Trails Co-Founder Christine Mackay and a group of like-minded women travelers on a special journey of discovery and inspiration. The focus of this special travel program is to connect with some of Africa's dynamic female change makers, learning how these game-changing women are transforming the future and supporting their efforts for positive change. We will meet with women and women’s groups doing great work around women's empowerment in Kenya, addressing issues from poverty to oppression. A portion of the trip costs will be used for donations and supplies to support the people and organizations we meet.
This trip is full of unique opportunities to travel deeper. We'll visit the women-only village of Umoja, created as a sanctuary for survivors of domestic violence and young girls fleeing forced marriages. We'll also be celebrating International Womens Day alongside local women in Kibera, gaining a new perspective on Africa's largest slum. We'll spend time with fantastic organizations such as Days for Girls, SEED Academy, Kazuri and local women's groups, all pushing the boundaries to transform oppression to opportunity for women and girls.
And of course, we will also experience the amazing natural wonders of Kenya! We'll visit two animal conservation organizations in Nairobi, as well as enjoy safari drives in both Samburu and Amboseli National Reserves. A village stay with our friends in Merrueshi, where the Massai will introduce us to their way of life and take us on walkabout in the bush, will cap this special journey.
Cost includes: Airport transfers, all on-ground transport, domestic flight, entrance fees to National Parks and Reserves, game drives, ALL meals, all accommodations, all activities and donations to the village of Umoja, Days for Girls, SEED Academy and the Merrueshi clinic for maternal health.
Does not include: Kenya travel visa, alcohol, laundry, and tips for guides.
We are excited to welcome women from all walks of life to this program, including members of The Power of She community!
DAY 1 - Thursday, March 5
Arrival in Nairobi, Kenya
Welcome to Kenya! Plan your arrival in Nairobi for this day, which likely means departing your home the day before. You'll be picked up at the airport and transferred to the hotel to get some rest.
DAY 2 - Friday, March 6
Nairobi: Days for Girls
This morning we will have an initial meeting and introductions with the group. Then we'll head out to meet with Christine Khamasi Sakali who works with Days for Girls, a global organization working to change the status quo through quality menstrual care solutions, health education, and income-generation opportunities. Days for Girls increases access to menstrual care and education by developing global partnerships, cultivating social enterprises, mobilizing volunteers, and innovating sustainable solutions that shatter stigmas and limitations for women and girls. In less than 10 years, Days for Girls has reached one million women and girls in 120+ countries on six continents.
Christine will share her story about how starting her period changed her life and how finding Days for Girls allows her to ensure that what happened to her does not happen to other young women. We will spend the day with Christine, go to the shop she has set up in her home and meet some of the women who sew sustainable feminine hygiene kits with her there. We'll also follow Christine into local schools to talk about a taboo subject in Kenya: menstruation. we'll learn from the local girls about their own menstruation stories, and we will make a donation of panties and bags which become part of the menstruation kits.
Dinner with Christine and some of the young women.
DAY 3 - Saturday, March 7
Nairobi: Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, Kazuri Beads, Karen Blixen & Giraffes
This morning, we are off to the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust to see their orphan elephant program. Up to 30 baby elephants live at Sheldrick as they heal and are made ready for reintroduction to a wild herd.
Nearby is Kazuri Beads. Kazuri, which means “small and beautiful” in Swahili, began in 1975 as a tiny workshop experimenting in making ceramic beads made by hand. They now employ over 300 single mothers in Kenya. We will meet with women who work at Kazuri, hear their stories and have an opportunity to browse the incredible ceramic jewelry they make.
Lunch will be at the Tamambo Café near the Karen Blixen Museum. We follow lunch with a visit to the museum to learn more about this pioneering woman and her struggles and triumphs in Kenya.
Finally, we will visit the Giraffe Center which was established in order to protect the endangered Rothschild giraffe found only in the grasslands of East Africa. Ever been kissed by a giraffe? This is your chance.
DAY 4 - Sunday, March 8
International Women’s Day in Kibera
Happy International Womens Day!
Kibera is a huge, thriving informal settlement in Nairobi, and home to Patrick Aouki who founded the Seed Academy, which offers meals and education to over 80 children grades K-3. For many of these children, the only meal they get is at school. Parents are engaged in income-generating activities such as jewelry making which is sold online to support their children’s education. We will meet these women and learn how local folks are making a difference for their kids despite facing great odds.
With Patrick as our guide, we will explore Kibera, getting to know this incredible community beyond its reputation as Nairobi’s largest slum. In the afternoon, we will meet up with a women's group celebrating International Womens Day.
Dinner at the Talisman
DAY 5 - Monday, March 9
Samburu National Reserve
After breakfast, we will depart for Samburu National Reserve, with a break for lunch along the way. The Samburu National Reserve is located on the banks of the Ewaso Ng'iro River approximately 6 hours north of Nairobi. On the other side of the river is the Buffalo Springs National Reserve.
Arriving in the afternoon, we will embark on an afternoon game drive. In the early evening, we will check into Umoja Cabins, which are run by Samburu women.
DAY 6 - Tuesday, March 10
Samburu - Umoja Women's Village
Seeing animals is best done at dawn and dusk, so we will enjoy an early morning game drive to take advantage of the incredible wildlife viewing opportunities of Samburu.
Then we will meet the fascinating women of Umoja. Founded in 1990 by a Samburu woman named Rebecca Lolosoli, Umoja is an all-female matriarch village as a sanctuary for survivors of domestic violence and young girls fleeing forced marriages, in opposition to the violence against and traditional subordination of women.
We will be welcomed into their village and be shown around their
DAY 7 - Wednesday, March 11
The Women of Umoja
Today we will spend the day with the women of Umoja in conversation and sharing. We will also learn about the community, how it runs without men, how they sustain themselves and about their hopes and dreams. We'll have dinner with women around the bonfire. There is an opportunity to stay in a woman’s manyatta or back at the cabins.
DAY 8 - Thursday, March 12
Travel to Merrueshi
This morning, we will head to the nearby town of Kalama for the flight to Nairobi. Upon arrival in Nairobi, we will head south by private van to the Maasai village of Merrueshi, approximately 3 hours drive. Along the way, we will stop at the women’s cooperative and meet with the Maasai women who run it.
We will stay at the simple and comfortable Simba Camp located inside Meurrreshi operated by the Maasai Association, a long-standing partner organization of Crooked Trails. Get settled in and enjoy an evening walkabout. Dinner will be at the camp.
DAY 9 - Friday, March 13
The Maasai Women of Merrueshi
In the early morning, a few of the local warriors will take us on a morning bush walk. Upon returning to camp, we will have a large breakfast. Then we will meet with local women to learn more about what it means to be a woman in the Maasai culture.
In the afternoon, we’ll visit the clinic and learn about their nursing program and childbirth practices. In the late afternoon, we’ll have fun with a beading workshop to understand the importance of this beautiful handicraft in the life of the Maasai. Dinner is at camp.
DAY 10 - Saturday, March 14
Amboseli National Park
After breakfast, we'll hop into 4x4 Land Cruisers and drive to Amboseli National Park, 30 minutes away from Maasai Simba Camp. Amboseli covers 150 square miles in southern Kenya, not far from the Tanzanian border. It is at the foot of Mt. Kilimanjaro, the tallest mountain in Africa standing 19,340 feet. In addition to over 1,000 elephants there are zebra, wildebeest, giraffe, impala, lion, hippo, antelope, warthog, hyena, cheetah, buffalo, and more than 400 species of birds all gathering in the haven of the park.
A full lunch will be served on top of the observation hill, viewing at the hippos and elephants grazing below. Following the safari, we will drive directly to Nairobi and have dinner at the famous Carnivore Restaurant. Continue on to the airport for a late night departure home. You will arrive home on Sunday, March 15th.
$3,395 based on a minimum of 8 participants
10D / 9N
March 5 - 14, 2020
Nairobi - Samburu - Umoja - Merrueshi - Amboseli - Nairobi
Founder-led, village experience, women-focused
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