Outdoor Adventure – Kenya
On Saturday morning the 30th March a group of 28 excited Prep School students boarded flight MK 534 to Nairobi, Kenya for a week of fun-filled adventure. We were met at the airport by our hosts Rift Valley Adventures and after a 6-hour bus trip we arrived at our first camp in the majestic Ol Pejeta Conservancy. The next 7 days were packed with experiences we will never forget.
Activities were designed to challenge the students and draw them out of their comfort zones such as vertical rock climbing with harnesses, canyoning in wetsuits, extreme mountain biking and camping in the wild. On the environmental and conservation side, students learnt first-hand about the risks our beautiful animals are facing. We were incredibly fortunate to be surrounded every day by huge herds of antelope, zebra, buffalo, giraffe as well as regular sightings of elephant.
The highlight for many of us was the visit to the chimp sanctuary as well as the opportunity to meet (and even touch) the last 2 Northern White Rhino on the planet. This was an emotional moment for everyone and something which each of us will remember forever.
We also learnt about Kenyan culture and spent a memorable day at a Maasai village, run by the woman while the men were away for weeks on end. Students were taught about the Maasai way of life, including the day to day chores, singing and dancing and survival techniques employed by these amazing people.
All too soon it was time to return home. This was a once in a lifetime experience for all of us and the memories we brought back will be treasured forever.