The project is the largest black rhino sanctuary in east Africa, and home to three of the world’s last remaining northern white rhino. It is the only place in Kenya to see chimpanzees, in a sanctuary established to rehabilitate animals rescued from the black market. The project also work to support the people living around its borders, to ensure wildlife conservation and educate the next generation of wildlife guardians. This is a chance to learn about the day-to-day life in a 90,000-acre wildlife conservancy. Learn about caring for rescued animals, the procedures of wildlife research and monitoring, and what it takes to run a K-9 anti-poaching unit.
Volunteer with wildlife in Kenya
Your Role as a Volunteer
Arrival and Check-in at The Stables. Overview and safety orientation of the area.
Early morning game drive, a visit to Hippo Hide and the rhino memorial.
• Visit Morani Information Centre; have a close encounter with Baraka the blind rhino.
• Visit the last 3 northern white rhinos in the world. Participate in caregiving activities.
6:30am-12:30pm – Overview of Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary.
• Sanctuary management protocols and procedures.
• Chimpanzee welfare and environmental enrichment protocols.
• Visit the chimpanzee platform and Adoption Centre; take a tour along the walkway.
3:00-4:00pm Educative talk with Stephen Ngulu – in house veterinarian and in charge of the chimpanzees.
All Day – Wildlife Department
• Black rhino monitoring.
• Collection and analysis of data on rhinos.
All Day – Tourism Department
• Assist the Education officer and guiding team with creative ways to engage local children in line with our environmental education program.
• Assist with Tourism feedback data interpretation and reporting.
9:00am-12:30pm – Ecological Monitoring Unit Visiting the wildlife corridor for monitoring; Spoor identification and IR camera servicing.
2:30-4:00pm Afternoon game drive.
6:30am-8:30pm Lion Tracking.
2:00-3:00pm Radio Room Communication activities.
Rest day Can plan to go for shopping in Nanyuki town and other activities.
• Feeding the rhinos Sudan and Baraka
• Helping out in training, grooming and walking the dogs on the premises
At free will, extend a hand of compassion at Nanyuki children’s home – spend some time with the kids.
All Day – Ecological Monitoring Unit Work with EMU at the office: organising wildlife sightings, sorting corridor images and inputting data.
All Day – Community
• Interact with our Community Development staff and learn the mode of operations within the department.
• Visit one of the outreach programs.
All Day – Chimpanzees
• Feeding chimpanzees
• Helping in cleaning chimpanzee house
• Working with the chimpanzee caretakers
All Day – Security & Dog Unit Morani security facility/Dog unit
All Day Visit Mount Kenya Wildlife Orphanage.
The Project’s Mission
The projects mission is to conserve the wildlife and educate the locals about the animals importance in their own country. They want to be a sanctuary for the animals who needs it and take care of the animals who has gotten in to the wrong hands and been found on the black market. Through education of the locals and tourists they want to create a future for the animals and the people in Kenya.
We work with a local partner who takes care of all the activities on sight. They have several years of experience with volunteers and they have worked with this reserve and the conservation of different animal species for several years.
How do I book a trip?
You can book your trip with Volunteer Travels by calling us on (+46) 08-23 93 00 or by booking through our website www.volunteertravels.com by clicking on “Book a trip”. You can also email us on [email protected] When you have registered yourself we will send you an invoice with a registration fee of £200.00. The registration fee is later incorporated into the trip price and the amount is then deducted from your final invoice. When you have paid the registration fee you are formally registered. You will then receive preparatory information from us in good time to plan your trip.
During your first day on the location there will be a security walkthrough aswell as an overwiew of the area and an introduction about the two coming weeks.
See schedule above.
Accommodation and Food
During your time here you will be staying at the Stables which was originally built for horses but is now rebuilt for accommodations. The stables is a basic, but comfortable accommodation facility where you stay in privete rooms with single beds and some simpel furniture, alternatively in a double room with your travel buddy. One laundry basket is also located in the room for placing dirty clothes and wash powder to wash your personal items. Laundry is charged 500ksh per basket payable on departure and done only on Saturdays and Wednesdays. In the Stables there are shared bathrooms. Power is supplied by a generator which operates at the following times: Monday to Friday 7am – 1pm and 2pm – 12:30am and on Saturday and Sunday 7am – 3pm and 6pm – 12:30am. There is Wi-Fi available during the time that the generator is running.
3 meals a day, served in accordance with a set menu. Drinking water provided is boiled and comes from an underground spring, but there is also bottled water available for purchase from the Stables small shop.
When it’s not working time, you are free to explore the surroundings on your own or simply just enjoy your stay. All transport within the conservancy and in to Nanyuki town is free so don’t miss out on exciting Nanyuki town.
Kenya is often looked at, as the African country that exudes what many people think of as the Real Africa. White beaches, open savannahs, wildlife and exotic cultures, who could ask for more? Kenya is definitely one of East Africa’s premier destinations. However, Kenya has much more to offer than just an incredible holiday experience. Mombasa is East Africa’s main port city, known for its hustle and bustle. Kenya is a great example of multicultural living, where the Muslim and Indian element is quite striking. Swahili and English are the official languages of Kenya, with many local languages making up the minority.
Flight tickets are not included in the tour price. Volunteer Travels partners with several travel agencies who when you book your trip, will send you some travel suggestions. If you are interested in their proposal you are welcome to continue flight bookings with them. You need to book your tickets so that you land in Nairobi on the first day of the project. Please be sure to notify Volunteer Travels of your flight arrangements so that they can pass this you’re your project coordinators. Be sure to check the arrival and departure dates of the ticket and that it works with your time at the project.
It is the volunteers responsibility to acquire the right visa for the trip. Different visa rules may apply depending on your nationality. Visit the embassy web page of your destination to find out what the visa terms are between your country and that destination.
You are responsible for insurance covering illness, injury and theft while working as a volunteer in Kenya. Most agents that you book your flight through will be able to offer you travel insurance so be sure to enquire about the specifics when purchasing your ticket. However, Volunteer Travels does include liability insurance in the tour price. A liability for times when you as an individual are required to pay for damages that you have unintentionally caused, either damaging someone’s property or hurting someone.
For any questions about vaccinations, you should contact a vaccination center close to you. Hepatitis A and B is always recommended for trips abroad, however speak to your doctor or the vaccination for further information about other needed vaccinations.