Kenya is renowned for its amazing diversity of exotic animals contrasted with significant poverty and social needs. On this incredible nine day Lifetree Adventure, you’ll experience the full spectrum of culture and exploration of this African country.
Imagine an exclusive safari experience watching lithe cheetahs stalk their prey or gazing upon majestic elephants roaming the open savannah. Best of all you’ll witness one of the great natural wonders of the world as the wildebeest migrate from the Maasai Mara in Kenya to the Serengeti in Tanzania. The last great large mammal migration in the world takes place while you’re on this trip! But on this trip you won’t just view animals from afar, you’ll get up close and personal with a visit to the famous Giraffe Manor, where giraffes roam through open air dining areas and enjoy sharing lunch with friendly giraffes who will thank you with kisses. You’ll also visit an elephant orphanage/rescue center where you’ll learn about the amazing wildlife conservation efforts of the Sheldrick Elephant Orphan Project…and you can even help feed baby elephants!
Not only will you have the wildlife and safari experience of a lifetime, you’ll also change the lives of orphaned children in Nairobi while serving for four days with our local volunteer service project. We’ve partnered with a local orphanage ministry solely supported by volunteers like you. The orphanage currently occupies the abandoned buildings of an old quarry operation. The buildings weren’t intended for housing, yet this is where children find a home that’s far better than living on the street. You’ll spend four days interacting with the children, offering long-term impact for their physical needs by helping improve the physical facilities of the orphanage with light construction projects like painting and repairs. You’ll also offer eternal impact by sharing Jesus’ love through children’s ministry activities and worship.
Our ministry partner is committed to long-term care and sustainability for these children and supporting the orphanage by providing food, education, and the love of family. Regardless of your skills, your heart to serve is enough to bring help and hope to these orphaned children.
Founded in 2005 as a personal project of the Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Nairobi, Jehovah Jireh Orphanage is home to about 70 children with dormitories for both girls and boys. Upon the death of the Archbishop, a loyal group of volunteers has continued to work hard to provide the best possible care for the children. On past trips Lifetree Adventure teams have improved dormitory space, provided medical check-ups, and engaged with the children in various games and activities.
On this trip our Lifetree Adventures team will offer long-term impact for their physical needs by helping build new lavatory facilities for the girls and finishing work on the boys’ lavatories. This includes construction work and painting. We will also offer eternal impact by sharing Jesus’ love through engaging with the children in various children’s ministry activities and worship.
Day 1: Welcome to Kenya
You’ll fly into the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi. There your trip leader and local team will greet you and shuttle you to your lodging facility, the ACK Guest House. You’ll meet the rest of your group over dinner and prepare for a great experience.
Day 2: Get up close and personal with a giraffe
After breakfast together, you’ll attend a local church for their English language service. After church, you’ll tour the city of Nairobi, including a visit to the famous Giraffe Manor where you’ll have the chance to actually be kissed by a giraffe! You’ll also visit the Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage before the day is through.
Days 3-6 Service Projects: Make a difference in the lives of orphaned children
Every day offers something unique and special as you grow genuine relationships serving orphaned children with our ministry partner. Although your investment of time and service will certainly impact their lives for better, you’ll discover that their impact on your heart will be life-changing as well. Every evening we’ll gather together for dinner as a group and share “God Sightings”—stories of how you’ve seen God moving in and through your life and the lives of others. Our final night in Nairobi you’ll experience the world-famous Carnivore Restaurant.
Days 7-8: Safari!
You’ll be shuttled to Wilson Airport to catch your plane to the Maasai Mara. Touchdown on a dirt airstrip where your safari guide greets you and the wonders begin. Have your camera ready to capture all the amazing sights on the African plain. Enjoy the amenities of the Ol-Moran Tented Camp where you can marvel at the sights and sounds of wildlife from your luxury tented room…and everything’s included! Get ready for an all-day game drive where you’ll have the chance to see the Big Five (lion, elephant, Cape buffalo, leopard, and rhinoceros) and many other beautiful creatures. Top it all off when you witness the migration of the wildebeest as thousands upon thousands thunder across the Mara River on their way to the Serengeti.
Day 9: Depart for home
A quick morning game drive gives you one last chance to see the animals of Africa, and then it’s back to the dirt airstrip for your local flight (included in the price) back to Nairobi to pack and say goodbye to our Kenyan partners before transportation to the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for your individual flight back home.
|Price:||$3250 per person|
|Deposit:||$30 per person|
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*Prices are per person, based on double occupancy at the ACK Guest House as well as 2 nights at the Mara Simba Lodge during the safari. If you are traveling alone you will be paired with another individual traveler of the same gender. Please contact us at the time of booking your trip if you would like to upgrade to single room accommodations (availability is limited). Price includes lodging, all meals, excursions, project and materials cost, dedicated trip leader, transportation to and from the airport as well as to/from daily activities, and an all-inclusive fly-in safari.
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You can book your Lifetree Adventure online under the Dates tab for each location. Or, please call Robin Alm, our expert Lifetree Adventure Trip Advisor at 800-747-9118.
Almost everyone! Solo/single travelers, couples, families, students, seniors, and groups! Certain destinations may be more geared toward a particular traveler type, but our international trips accommodate all generations and are family-friendly. In most cases kids as young as 8 can serve along with adults. We’ve also had senior travelers age 80+! Student groups age 13-18 are welcome, but must have one adult (21 or older) for every five students. Contact Robin at 800-747-9118 for more location-specific age requirements.
We believe in authentic relationships, and our Lifetree Adventure trips are designed with small group size in mind. Depending on the location, the size of the group can be as small as 6, or as large as 30. The typical size of a group is usually around 10 people, plus a highly experienced multi lingual trip leader who will be with your group for the entire trip.
Prices include: Lodging, most meals, all activities as shown on itinerary (with the exception of optional excursion choices), planned arrival and departure airport transfers, transportation to all itinerary destinations, and an English-speaking trip leader who will accompany your group from the time of arrival through departure. Prices do not include airfare from North America.
Please see the Pricing tab for full details on what your trip includes, as certain trips require an additional fee for project materials and/or flights within the destination country.
Many of our Lifetree Adventure trips offer optional excursions that we’ve pre-arranged in order to provide an array of cultural experiences that meet the unique needs of our travelers’ desires and budgets. Some of these options will be offered within the trip itinerary, and some might be “add-on” days at the end of the trip. Please see the details of your destination location for more information.
To reserve space on a trip, a nonrefundable $100 per person is due when you register. Final payment is due 60 days before departure. Please [click here] for complete details of our cancellation policy.
Breakfasts, most lunches, and some dinners are covered as part of your registration. Please see the detailed itinerary of your international trip for more details.
You will get a taste of local food on all of our trips, and some locations will include American food as well. Most meals are provided by our ministry partners, who have been carefully trained to prepare safe and nutritious meals for our teams. Other meals will be enjoyed at our favorite local restaurants.
Lifetree Adventures is designed to be a balanced combination of enjoyable cultural excursions plus meaningful volunteer service on local projects. We select hotels that are comfortable, clean, and safe—with rooms that offer much more privacy and amenities for our travelers than the typical mission trip accommodations. For most trips rooms are based on double occupancy, with private bathrooms for each room. If you are traveling solo you will likely be paired with another solo traveler of the same gender, although you can upgrade your trip with a request for single room arrangements. If you have any specific accommodation needs, contact Robin at 800-747-9118. Please inform us of any accommodation requests before or when you book your trip.
Your international mission trip covers gratuities for meals in restaurants that are included for the week. Gratuities for porters or housekeeping staff are at your discretion. Airport porters who help with your bags will expect to be tipped $1-$2, and if you participate in a guided tour or fun activity on your free day, you may want to consider tipping your hired guide.
Airfare from the US to the destination country is not included in the cost. Trips requiring charter flights to or within the destination country will be reflected in the price break-out details. Please review the pricing section of the specific trips for more details.
Your safety is a top priority for us, as we’re sure it is for you. In all the areas we explore and serve, we take extra precautions to make sure you’re as safe as possible. Guided by our local, experienced ministry staff partners, we avoid situations that are inherently dangerous. We’re also proactive by choosing lodging facilities and transportation that is safe and reliable. Robin is glad to answer any further safety questions.
While some adventures are more physically strenuous than others, most trips will accommodate a broad range of physical ability. Please contact Robin to discuss any questions about limitations, etc.
All U.S. citizens need a valid passport to enter a foreign country and return to the United States. It must be valid six months beyond your intended stay and have 1-2 blank pages remaining. A passport is not required for trips to Alaska. Tourist visas are not required for most trips, with the exception of Cuba, which we will arrange for you. For full information, please ask at time of booking.
We strongly recommend that you visit the CDC Travel Health site for the most up-to-date details on what specific vaccines are advised per your destination as well as other important information to stay healthy while you travel internationally.
Four to six weeks before you travel, make sure you are up-to-date on routine vaccinations and schedule an appointment with your health care provider or your local health department’s travel clinic to get the recommended vaccines for the countries you plan to visit. This gives the vaccines enough time to start working and time for any vaccines that might require more than one dose.
All participants need to have sufficient personal medical insurance, but as part of the registration fee for your trip, Lifetree Adventures purchases a group travel insurance policy through ACE’s Europ Assistance USA that acts secondary to your personal insurance policy. It will cover up to $25,000 toward medical assistance as a result of accident or sickness while traveling with Lifetree Adventures, and will provide up to a $10,000 hospital admission deposit advance. For a complete list of benefits, please refer to the Travel Insurance document.
If you do not have an existing personal health insurance policy, we HIGHLY recommend that you purchase Travel Medical Insurance for your trip, since Ace's Travel Insurance does not cover medical treatment costs, only costs that ensure you get to a facility where care can be provided.
Please consider the following in your travel and insurance planning:
All of your Lifetree Adventures’ trip fees are non-refundable once you are within 60 days of the trip, unless Lifetree Adventures cancels the trip. It is highly recommended that you purchase your own trip cancellation insurance. Your personal trip cancellation insurance would cover your expenses if you needed to cancel your trip at any time due to your own emergency or a family member’s emergency or any other unforeseen circumstance. If you do not purchase your own trip cancellation insurance, please note that Lifetree Adventures will not reimburse any of your trip fees.
There are many options for trip cancellation insurance. You may want to start with the website www.insuremytrip.com to compare several different plans at once. Remember, you do have international medical insurance with Lifetree Adventures, so you do not need to purchase additional coverage there.
If you’re looking for a trip specially designed for your group, we can probably accommodate you. We have several trips a year that we custom design for groups, at a date and location that fits their needs. Pricing and availability vary, but if you’re interested in a custom week, contact Robin at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 800-747-9118 for more information.
Yes! Lifetree Adventures is just one arm of Group Mission Trips! Group Mission Trips offers a variety of international and domestic service trip options that focus more time on the service project and more rustic accommodations, as well as week-long service projects for junior high and high school students! Check out other trip types here.