Hands on conservation, adventure and wildlife trip in Kenya

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Unlike your regular Gap Year trips, Culsans Gap Travel offers a world famous program combining fun, adventure, excitement and an opportunity to change your life and that of the people surrounding you, through a lasting education in conservation projects.

Culsans works alongside local communities across the country, introducing students through 24 hour mentorship, to a wide array of unique projects that will allow them to share some of their time volunteering locally while also experiencing the wonders that only Kenya could offer.

You'll make lifelong friends while you work on a farm, volunteer in schools, learn about tracking animals and bush life from the Maasai, meet the amazing people that protect local wildlife and traditional cultures, climb a mountain, engage with animals (elephants and giraffes included!) and get some of the most precious memories that will last your lifetime.

Use your gap year to become a conservation ambassador with hands-on experience in the field.

Highlights
  • Optional Maasai homestay where you spend the evening and night with a local tribe
  • Talking to the anti-poaching ranger teams and their amazing sniffer dogs
  • Viewing the entire country from the top of Mt Kenya on a breathtaking hike
  • One week at the Kenyan coast doing marine conservation
  • Regular bush walks, game drives, and sundowners in stunning locations

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9.67 Rating
based on 6 reviews
  • Housing 8
  • Support 10
  • Fun 8.8
  • Value 9.5
  • Safety 9.5
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Jemima
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Unbeatable experience of Kenya

Culsans gave me an insight into the world of the conservation, sustainable travel, but most lovingly, into the wonderful Kenyan culture and people. During every step of the trip I was repeatedly impressed and amazed by the insider opportunities Culsans has been able to offer, and I could not have asked for greater and more inspiring people (particularly Florence and Francis) to have been there with us. Every day was a jaw dropping experience, topped off with sundowners and card games in the Kenyan bush – can you really think of anything more magical?! I couldn’t have asked for better time than my trip with Culsans; it exceeded my every expectation 100 times over, and would never hesitate in recommending them to anyone.

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
I went on the optional overnight stay at a local Maasai village. To show my thanks we gave them a goat, which we ended up eating - of course in the Maasai way - goats blood, kidney, 'neck soup' - all the fun stuff. It was an amazing experience and opportunity to be pushed out of my comfort zone particularly in regards to my western palette!
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Jemima
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Unforgettable and a truly unique experience

Culsans gave me an insight into the world of the conservation, sustainable travel, but most lovingly, into the wonderful Kenyan culture and people. During every step of the trip I was repeatedly impressed and amazed by the insider opportunities Culsans has been able to offer, and I could not have asked for greater and more inspiring people (particularly Florence and Francis) to have been there with us. Every day was a jaw dropping experience, topped off with sundowners and card games in the Kenyan bush – can you really think of anything more magical?! I couldn’t have asked for better time than my trip with Culsans; it exceeded my every expectation 100 times over, and would never hesitate in recommending them to anyone.

What was your funniest moment?
Funniest/most unbelievable moment? Definitely the lions on the tree!
It was our last night out in the conservancies, and Kate wanted to show us her favourite sundowner spot. We were heading back in the jeep, rushing for sunset, when suddenly someone shouted 'lion on the tree!' This was a pretty amazing sighting, so naturally we drove towards its and watched for as long as we could without completely missing the sunset. After After 15 minutes or so, we drove off in a rush, when no more than 50m away, someone else shouted 'lion on the tree!'. Nobody could believe it, and we were all laughing in amazement and disbelief at both this double sighing, but also at the horrible timing! Just on the opposite side of the track lay a lioness we hadn't noticed this whole time, lying on a fallen tree. It was amazing, and by this point these sightings were too exciting to miss, meaning we had to delay our sundowner to a sunriser. At which point, the lioness got up, walked up to the other lioness, and lay with her on the first tree. We spent the rest of the evening watching these beautiful lionesses, until nighttime fell and they slunk off into the distance to hunt.
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Elinor
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

No need to double think! Go

The trip is for anyone at all and it was INCREDIBLE!!!! Amazing scenes, nationalities, animals, smells, foods, people, everything!!! You get so much out of it from helping on farm land to helping children learn!! Plus the safaris are fabulous and the sun downers!!! Its also the best break you will get from a busy life... Kenyans are so chill and cool and they LOVE TO CHAT!!! The whole trip is amazing and what makes it better is you get to learn swahili!! Its so cool! Now for Florence.... well shes ACE; the best leader you would ever imagine - hilarious, kind, knowledgeable, confident and my god she has time for everyone.... her work ethic is immense and she has amazing tips for the future to from careers to CV help: just to add! The trip offers so much meat for the CV to - which future employers of any type of company will see and be amazed!!!! ITS WORTH EVERY PENNY

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
You dont need as many clothes as you think! Breathable walking boots and good sun cream is the best! Also a good camera!!
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Ross
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

An amazing Culsans trip

I was a little nervous to be a part of Culsans trip to Kenya at first because I was going with a group of people I didn’t know to Kenya for two monthes. My fears were immediately eased as we relaxed by the pool of an eco lodge in Nairobi with a cold beer. One of my favourite parts of the trip had to be staying on il Ngwesi community run conservation lodge. Going on game walks everyday and getting close to all kinds of wild animals was absolutely unforgettable. However we were not only just looking for animals and learning about them we were also collecting useful data about the population of different species In the area. I would absolutely recommend this trip to anyone who likes being outdoors and a bit of adventure. It’s not your standard gap year trip and there is no other way to do the things that I did than with Culsans. Thank you Culsans and Florence!

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
Teaching in the Kenyan school was a little scary at first but really good fun once I got into it
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Ross
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing trip

I absolutely loved this trip. It was the best thing I could have done on my gap year and would recommend it to anyone and everyone. Meeting everyone at the airport was extremely exiting and also a little nerve wracking. But then as soon as we were relaxing in the eco lodge in sunny Nairobi I was relaxed as we all got on very well. My favourite part of the trip was probably staying in Il Ngwesi’s community run conservation lodge where we not only got to have an extraordinary time on walking safaris get close to almost all of Kenya’s wildest animals and collecting data for the rangers. We also would return to the luxury lodge and go swimming and watch elephants from the pool!! It is such an unforgettable and unique experience that you can’t get on most gap years. Thank you Culsans and Florence

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
Teaching in the school was the biggest challenge for me
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Erica
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Eye opening!

I cannot explain how much fun I had! I learnt so much and met some amazing people!! The Farm was my favourite part which I thought I wouldn't enjoy that much to be honest but it was incredible, 100% recommend this, and Llew and Julius who were looking after us, were both so knowledgeable!

I also really enjoyed the Giraffe Center in Nairobi. This was a real highlight as I love giraffes! It was so cool as you got seriously close to them and they were well looked after.

SO many good moments, it is hard to narrow then down. Staying with the Maasai was very eye opening as their culture is so different. They were all really friendly though and a few spoke some English. We had a good supper on the fire and I stayed the night in a mud and straw hut which turned out to be much more comfortable than I thought!

I really feel like I have a solid understanding of conservation now. There is so much more to it than I originally thought. It’s not just the poaching, it’s education and community too which is much harder to manage.

I’d love to go back and do this all again. I really recommend the experience to anyone.

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
Staying with a Maasai family was very eye opening and their culture is so different. They were all so friendly and I stayed the night in a mud hut which turned out to be awesome, I will definitely try and visit again in future!