Report by Mrs C Leech

Summer 2015 was my third trip to Kenya with Camps International, once on a recce and twice on expedition and I don’t think I will ever tire of this amazing country.

It’s not just the natural beauty, the diverse landscape or the friendliness of the people that keeps drawing me back, it’s the opportunity to do something meaningful for communities far less fortunate than ourselves.I had the privilege of working with a fantastic team (Team Simba) on a wide range of sustainable projects that will benefit local communities for years to come.

It was so inspiring watching our team grow in so many different ways. The hardship we witnessed was extremely humbling and heart-breaking at times, but after a few days of being there, enveloped in a sense of community spirit like nothing I’ve ever experienced, we learnt to look past the poverty, pushing ourselves physically, knowing we were making a difference.

Project work was varied and the best part of the whole expedition. The team worked really hard, rising to the physical challenges on a daily basis. We de-wormed goats, helped to complete the walls of a classroom, lay a brand new classroom floor, painted walls, dug the trenches of a water hole and made bricks for one of the Mama’s houses near the camp. As well as the physical labour, we also did beadwork, wildlife monitoring, planting at a tree nursery, hill trekking, safari and of course, scuba diving in beautiful Tanga. The saying, “Time flies when you’re having fun” was so true on this expedition. The 4 weeks went far too quickly and before we knew it, it was time to say “Kwaheri” We will never forget our time in Kenya and lasting friendships have been made. It truly was a life changing experience.

Camps International have mastered the art of global community and conservation based expeditions. Their expertise from the launch assembly to the flight home is second to none and the staff in the office and in country are incredibly driven. They are friendly and helpful and go out of their way to make you feel at home. I cannot wait to launch the Kenya expedition again this year and look forward to seeing Camp Kenya again soon.

Team Simba, it has been an absolute pleasure!