Overview

This Friendship in Action Journey gives ambassadors the opportunity to get to know two African host clubs while also spending time with local children at a school established during a previous FF Journey! You will have a six-day homestay with FF Bujumbura, followed by five days with FF Nairobi, and then you will depart on a world-class safari at Masai Mara and Lake Nakuru in the Rift Valley of Kenya. You will see lions, rhinoceros, buffalo, zebra, wildebeests, giraffes, cheetahs, flamingos, and more!

Home Hospitality

Home Hospitality provided by the Friendship Force clubs of Bujumbura and Nairobi.

Live With a Local

  • The Journey begins with a six-day homestay in Bujumbura, the capital city, with one million inhabitants, several universities, hospitals, clinics, a zoo, and other interesting features. Experience the rich lifestyle, foods, drumming, and dances – and very warm hospitality!
  • See a successful English school in the heart of Africa that is the direct result of a Friendship Force Journey, FF Edmonton & Area, Canada to Burundi. You will have the opportunity to work one-on-one with students. The Burundi English School began with Kindergarten and Grade 1 in 2008 and has now grown to 214 students from Kindergarten to Grade 11
  • Then enjoy a five-day homestay with members of FF Nairobi. Learn about the food and culture of your Kenyan hosts as you take part in a fascinating program designed to give you a view of everyday life in Kenya

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Visit the southern source of the Nile and Lake Tanganyika, the second deepest lake in the world
  • Join in the hippopotamus tracking through a boat ride at the Rusizi River
  • Witness the drummers, Burundi’s claim to fame on the international scene
  • Enjoy the amazing wildlife of Kenya with a visit to an elephant orphanage and a giraffe center
  • Learn about the Bomas of Kenya and visit a tea farm
  • And finally, track the majestic big five at Masai Mara and Lake Nakuru in the Rift Valley of Kenya
Our club was the first FF club to visit Burundi. It was wonderful! They gave us the best of whatever they had! We were full of admiration for their club and what they showed us about their country. - Previous ambassador

Friendship in Action to Bujumbura, Burundi and Nairobi, Kenya

16 Days / 15 Nights Program and Itinerary:

January 20, 2020 – February 4, 2020
Coordinator: Carol Bahry, FF Edmonton and Area
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All Friendship Force Itineraries are subject to change.

Jan. 20, 2020

Ambassadors arrive in Bujumbura

Welcome dinner

Night with host families

Jan. 21, 2020

Breakfast

Volunteer work at Burundi English School (BES) with included lunch break

Return to host family

Jan. 22, 2020

Breakfast

Volunteers work at Burundi English School (BES)

Lunch

Visit at Musée Vivant Live Museum + Handicraft Center

Visit of Place de l’Indépendance site

Return to host family

Jan. 23, 2020

Breakfast

Meeting with the representative of BES, FF Burundi President, and ambassadors

Volunteer at Burundi English School

Lunch + Relaxation

Hippo tracking boat ride at the Rusizi River

Return to host family

 

Jan. 24, 2020

Breakfast

Traditional dance and drum exhibition

Travel to the Nanorah Beach Resort for the afternoon and evening

Jan. 25, 2020

Breakfast

Departure to the source of the Nile

Lunch + Relaxation

Return to Bujumbura

Return to host family

Enjoy Bujumbura by night with karaoke

Jan. 26, 2020

Breakfast

Morning church

Souvenir shopping

Farewell dinner

Free afternoon

Luggage packing

Jan. 27, 2020

Breakfast

Heading to Bujumbura Airport

Ambassadors arrive in Nairobi, Kenya

Free day with hosts

Welcome dinner

Jan 28, 2020

Currency exchange

City tour

Nairobi Memorial Park

Kenyatta International Convention Centre (Optional)

Lunch

Jan. 29, 2020

Tour David Scheldrick
Elephant Orphanage

Lunch at Galleria

Bomas of Kenya

Jan. 30, 2020

Tour Kiambethu Tea Farm

Limuru

View of the Escarpment

Jan. 31, 2020

Tour Giraffe Centre

Kazuri Bead Factory, Home to Ten Thousand Villages non-profit

Lunch at Utamaduni Village

Farewell Party

Feb. 1, 2020

Depart Nairobi City and drive through the scenic view of the Great Rift Valley to the Masai Mara National Reserve. This enormous reserve is actually part of the vast Serengeti Plains, famously known for its great wildebeest migration and is home of the “big five”: lions, elephants, leopards, buffalo, and rhinos

Arrive in time for lunch at the Lodge, check in and relax before departing for the afternoon game run

The Mara Game Reserve is one of the greatest wildernesses areas in the world. Large mammals are varied, and easy to see, with giraffes, buffalo, elephants, and thousands of plain game including impala, zebra, topi, and gazelles

Overnight at Mara Keekorok Lodge

Lunch & dinner included

Feb. 2, 2020

After an early morning breakfast, the search for great predators and perhaps even cubs continues today during extensive game runs. On the plains are enormous herds of grazing animals, plus the elusive cheetah and leopard hiding amidst Acacia boughs. Masai Mara remains one of the most exciting wildlife ecosystems in the world

The reserve hosts the highest concentration of wild animals per square kilometer of any park in the region. The scenic appeal of this tree-studded savannah, its modest temperatures, and diversity of wild game species makes the reserve a one-stop-shop for game viewing

We shall transverse the reserve on unlimited game viewing drives in search of the big five and more species of lesser game

Our mid-day meal will either be a picnic or at the Lodge

Dinner and overnight at Keekorok Lodge

Breakfast, lunch & dinner included

Feb. 3, 2020

After breakfast today we travel to the exotic Lake Nakuru National Park located in the Great Rift Valley

Check in and lunch, followed by an exciting game run in the afternoon. The game in this park is plentiful and the magnificent bird-watching will make a devotee out of even the most reluctant. The Park is a home to stunning flocks of flamingos, which literally turn the lakeshores in to a magnificent pink stretch

The bird life here is world-renowned, with over 400 bird species residing here, including White Pelicans, Plovers, Egrets and Marabou Stork. It is also one of the very few places in Africa to see the White Rhino and rare Rothschild Giraffe

Overnight at Sarova Lion Hill

Lunch & Dinner included

Feb. 4, 2020

Our day starts with an early breakfast followed by a game drive where you can see thousands of flamingos along the shallow edges of Lake Nakuru. We will also see pelicans and hundreds of other bird species

Check out of hotel for a leisurely, scenic, two-hour drive that brings us to Nairobi, arriving in the afternoon in time for our lunch at the Carnivore Restaurant as we wrap up the Safari experience

Later on you will be transferred to your final destination location

Breakfast & lunch included

Rate:

$2205 USD

Price Includes: FFI and host fees, Lake Tanganyika (Burundi) overnight excursion, Masa Mara and Lake Nakuru safaris (four days - sharing of a double room), direct flight from Burundi to Kenya, and all excursions, activities, and meals as per the itinerary. Visas are not included

Availability:

15Spaces Remaining

Moderate

Know before you go

  • Journey number 20263.
  • Prepare for warm weather with hats and sun screen, and even warmer hospitality of the Burundians and Kenyans!
  • Program fees are based on the sharing of a double room during the lake excursion and safari extension. A single supplement may apply.
  • Please note that there are visa requirements for Burundi and Kenya. Upon acceptance on this Journey, a copy of your passport will be requested for the host club in Burundi to provide an invitation to support your visa application.
  • A direct flight from Burundi to Kenya is included in the program fee. We are holding a total of 15 seats. Any addition will need to be negotiated and there might be a supplement. Apply early to avoid disappointment!
  • If an ambassador has to cancel after the Journey is confirmed and they have made a deposit, there may be cancellation fees (charged by the suppliers).
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Friendship Force International provides opportunities to explore new countries and cultures from the inside by bringing people together at the personal level. Through the signature program of home hospitality, local hosts welcome international visitors into their culture, sharing with them meals, conversation, and the best sights and experiences of their region.
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