Mt Kenya Ascent Trip Notes

Ascend to Point Lenana on Mt Kenya, trekking through lush forests and moorlands, tackling Hausberg Col and witnessing breathtaking views over the plains of Kenya.

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Mt Kenya Ascent
Trip code: YZXK
Validity: 01 Apr 2013 to 31 Dec 2014
Travel from Nairobi to Africa’s second tallest mountain and ascend to the heights of Mt Kenya’s Point Lenana (4,985 m/16,355 ft). Hike through rosewood and bamboo forests, cross high altitude moorland covered with lobelia and senecio plants, see stunning views of the Burguret Valley, ascend to Hausberg Col, witness rare animals and spend nights in atmospheric cliffside camps.
The operator for this trip is our experienced sister company Exodus. Your group will therefore be a mixture of Intrepid booked passengers and other international like-minded travellers.
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StyleDeparture taxEmergency funds
ThemesImportant notesVisas
ItineraryGroup sizeIssues on your trip
Also available to purchaseYour fellow travellersWhat to take
Itinerary disclaimerSingle travellersHealth
Culture shock rating AccommodationSafety
Physical ratingMealsTravel insurance
Included activitiesTransportResponsible Travel
Optional activitiesJoining point A couple of rules
Money ExchangeArrival complicationsThe Intrepid Foundation
Spending moneyFinish point Responsible Travel projects
TippingEmergency contactFeedback
Style
Basix
  • The best value journeys on the planet! On a Basix trip you can expect amazing experiences, but none of the inclusions that you may not want. Which means budget (1-2 star) accommodation, plenty of free time, activities that are optional and the freedom to choose meals to suit your budget. On some trips you may be camping and required to set up your own tent. You'll also have access to a group leader to offer advice and help you uncover the region's hidden gems. On a Basix journey, the way you travel is all a part of the adventure. Depending on the destination and the itinerary, you could find yourself travelling on anything from a donkey to a bus or a private safari vehicle. These trips are ideal for first-time travellers seeking fun and independence with the support of a group leader. They're also ideal for independent travellers looking to make the most of their travel time with minimum hassle and maximum experiences.
Themes
Walking
Itinerary
Day 1 Nairobi/Mount Kenya Forest Reserve
Jambo! Welcome to Kenya.
Those not arriving on the group flight from London will either need to meet the tour leader at the airport at 6:30am or will be picked up en route to the airport at 6am. Times are subject to change and will depend on group flight times. This, along with details of where to meet the leader, will be provided in the final joining instructions - sent approximately two weeks before departure.
From the airport we drive to Mountain Rock Lodge (approx 3 hours), arriving in time for lunch. This afternoon we walk to Mau Mau caves in Mount Kenya Forest Reserve. These caves used to be the hideout for local freedom fighters who fought for independence during the colonial period. The walk is a pleasant one through tall towering trees. The forest reserve is also home to a wealth of birdlife, game and plants, with at least 11 unique species on the lower slopes of Mount Kenya. You may see Colobus monkeys up in the trees and elephants and buffalo through the clearings.
Today's altitude: 1,950 m
Accommodation
Lodge (1 nt)
Day 2 Giant Bamboo Camp
This morning we transfer to Gathiuru Forest Station (15 km, approx 1 hour), before entering the dense forest with its stands of towering bamboo. We trek through forest bamboo and rosewood, gaining around 400 m in altitude. This hiking is essential for acclimatisation. On the lower slopes of Mount Kenya there is a wide range of flora and fauna and as we walk through podocarpus and pencil cedar trees among others, look out for track from various game. Brightly coloured birds such as scarlet winged tucaros can be seen and heard, as can different types of monkeys.
Today's altitude: 2,600 m
Walking time: approx 4-5 hours
Accommodation
Camping (with basic facilities) (1 nt)
Day 3 Highland Castle Camp
We have an early start this morning to trek to Highland Castle Camp. We hike over steeper ground where bamboo gives way to the hagenia rosewood zone (2,850-3,000 m), and then climb higher through the giant heather zone (3,000-3,100 m). Our camp is located close to the sheer lava cliffs. To get there we cross high altitude moorland, dotted with the unique giant lobelia and senecio plants. We gain a further 1,100 m in altitude in the course of the day. There is little game as we reach this point, but keep an eye out for the elusive high altitude zebras and eland, as well as rock hyrax and sunbirds. Burguret Valley offers spectacular views of the two highest and most technical peaks of Baitan and Nelion.
Today's altitude: 3,700 m
Walking time: 5-6 hours
Accommodation
Camping (with basic facilities) (1 nt)
Day 4 Shipton's Camp
Today we ascend up to Hausberg Col (4,600 m). We pass spectacular moorland landscapes and there are some amazing views. It is not unusual to spot eagles and buzzards circling overhead as we ascend to the col before connecting to the summit circuit trail to descend to Shipton's Camp. This camp is one of the few permanent camps on the mountain, and is where we will likely come across other trekkers on the mountain for the first time. Shipton's Camp has panoramic views of all the main peaks including Terere and Sendeyo - two old parasitic vents of the main peaks.
Today's altitude: 4,236 m
Walking time: 6-7 hours
Accommodation
Camping (with basic facilities) (1 nt)
Day 5 Mount Kenya Summit/Old Moses Camp
We rise very early this morning, before dawn, with the aim of arriving at Point Lenana for sunrise. We zigzag up a large scree slope before we make the final short ascent to Point Lenana at 4,985 m. When the moon is bright you hardly need a torch! The climb takes between 4-5 hours, and watching the sunrise over the Kenyan plains is a truly amazing experience.
We later descend to Shipton's Camp for breakfast before continuing on down to Old Moses Camp at 3,340 m. This is an extremely long and hard day, with between 9 and 12 hours' walking at high altitude.
Accommodation
Camping (with basic facilities) (1 nt)
Day 6 Nairobi
We descend down Mount Kenya (approx 2-3 hours) before enjoying lunch and a much-needed shower and beer at the foot of the mountain. We then return to Nairobi airport where the trip finishes on arrival.
Also available to purchase
For many of our trips we have other services or experiences that are also available to purchase to extend your trip or to make your holiday a little easier. Below is a list of other travel products you can purchase in conjunction with this trip.
  • YZXK Single Supplement (YZXK)
    Itinerary disclaimer
    Occasionally our itineraries are updated during the year to incorporate improvements stemming from past travellers' comments and our own research. The information given in this itinerary may be slightly different to that in the brochure. It's very important that you print and review a final copy of your Trip Notes a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans. For the latest updated Trip Notes please visit our website: www.intrepidtravel.com
    Please note that while we operate successful trips in this region throughout the year, some changes may occur in our itineraries due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route.
    Culture shock rating

    At times local life here will be familiar to that of back home, and at times very different. Services are available most of the time, English may not be the native language, and there may be some cultural differences.
    Physical rating

    Our highest physical rating. Get ready for a heart-pumping adventure with plenty of challenges and some extreme conditions. You'll be required to be seriously fit for this trip as difficult activities are included.
    Mount Kenya is the highest mountain in Kenya and the second highest peak in Africa, after Mount Kilimanjaro. Reaching Point Lenana will require considerable fitness. This itinerary is designed to give you the best chance of reaching the summit. It is a long and hard trek, which reaches an altitude of 4985m. Even if you consider yourself fit, you might still find the climb very hard, depending on how well your body acclimatises to high altitude. There is no scientific way to determine how easily you acclimatise, and be aware that the acclimatisation process also can differ from climb to climb. Please be aware many clients find the summit day on Mount Kenya a very tough challenge.
    Our Burguret to Sirimon route circuit is designed to give you an excellent chance of reaching the summit by using a five-day route on the mountain and having an extra acclimatisation day at a midway camp on the moorland (3700m). There is a good chance our group will not encounter anyone else on the mountain until arriving at Shiptons's Camp, as the Burguret route is a little used wilderness path. Our descent via the picturesque Sirimon route, on the north western side of Mount Kenya, escapes some rainfall, making it drier and, in our view, preferable to other routes. The weather on Mount Kenya can however change quite rapidly from warm daily temperatures to minus figures as the sun goes down. Adequate clothing needs to be worn as to cope with these changes in temperature.
    Please note that as we reach higher altitude there may be a lot of scree, making the trek more challenging. The final ascent is almost exclusively on scree and loose rock without permanent footpaths but no technical skills are required. Some of the trails are not well defined and some forest sections are often slippery and moorland paths can be very wet in poor weather conditions.
    Included activities
    Included activities are listed in the day-to-day itinerary, all other activities are optional and at your own expense. If you choose not to participate in the included activities on this itinerary, the cost will not be refunded.
    Optional activities
    A selection of optional activities are listed in the day-to-day itinerary. This isn't an exhaustive list and should be used as a guide only. Prices are for entrance only and don't include transport costs to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. It may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination. Optional activities aren't necessarily endorsed or recommended by Intrepid nor included in price of this trip. If you do any optional activities, you do so at your own risk and it must be clearly understood that your participation is your own decision and doesn't form part of your contract with Intrepid. You may be required to sign/complete a waiver form or a receipt for some optional activities.
    Money Exchange
    KENYA
    The official currency of Kenya is the Kenyan Shilling (KES).The best way to manage your money in Kenya is a mixture of cash, an ATM card (best to have both Visa and MasterCard) and some traveller's cheques. Cash is easily changed at exchange bureaus and they generally offer the best rates. US$ large bills, in good condition, 2003 series onwards only, are more widely accepted; any old or damaged notes may not be accepted. EUR or GBP are also widely accepted. When changing money, only use reputable authorised money exchange vendors and never anyone on the street. There are many instances of travellers being given counterfeit notes or being tricked when money is being counted out.
    You should also carry some traveller’s cheques for back up emergency cash. While traveller’s cheques are undoubtedly the safest way to carry money, they are becoming harder to cash around the world and can often result in unfavourable exchange rates and commission charges. It can also be tricky to reach banks during banking business hours which are often short in many African countries. Note: Receipts for traveller’s cheques are required by banks and money changers.
    With ATMs being increasingly available in the many major towns and cities, credit or debit cards are a convenient way to access money. A charge is made for each international transaction - please check with your bank how much this fee will be. Check with your bank before leaving home that your card can be used as a debit card in Africa. You may also want to notify your bank that you are visiting Africa as it's not unknown for banks to freeze cards which show sudden transactions in other countries.
    Spending money
    Every traveller is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travellers may drink more than others while other travellers like to purchase more souvenirs than most. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping, participating in optional activities, and tipping. Please also remember the following specific recommendations when planning your trip.
    Tipping
    If you are happy with the services providing a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it is of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many Intrepid destinations. We recommend that any tips are given to the intended recipient by a member of your group, rather than collected and passed on by the group leader.
    The following amounts are based on local considerations and feedback from our past travellers:
    Restaurants: Please check the bill and if there’s an addition of 10% service charge, there’s no requirement for tipping. Otherwise, 10% of the total bill amount is appropriate.
    At local markets and basic restaurants: Leave the loose change.
    Local guides: Throughout your trip you may at times have a local guide in addition to your leader. We suggest US$1 per person, per day for local guides.
    Your crew (including the leader and driver, and perhaps cook depending on your trip): You may also consider tipping your crew for outstanding service throughout your trip. The amount is entirely a personal preference; however as a guideline US$2-3 per person, per day can be used. Of course you are free to tip more or less as you see fit, depending on your perception of service quality and the length of your trip. Remember, a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.
    Departure tax
    All departure taxes should be included in your international flight ticket.
    Important notes
    LOCAL PARTNER:
    This trip is operated by our trusted local partners, Exodus.
    AGE RESTRICTIONS:
    The minimum age of clients on this trip is 16 years. Please note that teenagers aged 16 or 17 must be accompanied by (and share accommodation with) a parent or legal guardian.
    Group size
    Maximum of 12 travellers per group.
    Your fellow travellers
    As you travel on a group trip you will be exposed to all the pleasures and maybe some of the frustrations of travelling in a group. Your fellow travellers will probably come from all corners of the world and likely a range of age groups too. We ask you to be understanding of the various needs and preferences of your group - patience with your fellow travellers is sometimes required for the benefit of everyone's travel experience. Remember too that you have responsibilities to the group. If you are requested to be at a place at a certain time, ensure that you don't keep the rest of the group waiting. We have found time and time again that the very best trips we operate are those where the dynamics within the group work well - this takes just a little effort on your part.
    Due to privacy reasons we are unable to provide you with contact details and any personal information about your fellow travellers booked on your trip prior to departure. However you can download Intrepid's FREE Meet Up app to chat with your fellow travellers before your trip. Meet up, discuss your upcoming trip and share the excitement of planning for your adventure. For more information visit:
    www.intrepidtravel.com/meetup
    Single travellers
    Our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and don't involve a compulsory single supplement. Single travellers share with people of the same gender in accommodation ranging from twin to multishare. Some of our itineraries have accommodation booked on a mixed gender share basis and where applicable this will be specified in our Trip Notes. On a selection of our trips, you have the option to pay a single supplement to ensure that you have your own room (where available). Please note that this only applies to accommodation during the tour - pre-trip and post-trip accommodation will be booked on a single room basis.
    Accommodation
    Camping (with basic facilities) (4 nts), Lodge (1 nt)
    We camp on a twin share basis in spacious modern geodesic 3-person dome tents. There is a large communal tent, which is used for dining and at other times in the event of inclement weather. A private toilet tent is provided, since the standard of the national park toilets are rather low. At the lodge accommodation mosquito nets are provided, high altitude camps do not require the mosquito nets.
    The Mt Kenya climb is based on full service camping, so you need only carry your daypack during the walks. Local porters carry all other baggage and equipment and cooking and camp work is their responsibility. All communal camping and kitchen equipment is provided and local staff take care of all the other chores, including erecting and taking down the tents. With regard to toilet facilities, Old Moses Camp and Shiptons camp have flush toilets, the remainder have private toilet tents.
    Meals
    5 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 5 Dinners
    Our local team provide food whilst on the trek. An outline of the kind of food you can expect to be provided is detailed below:
    Breakfast: cereals, assorted fruits and fruit juice, tea/coffee/chocolate, oat porridge, toast, pancakes, scramble eggs, bacon or sausages.
    Picnic lunch: ham/cheese/lettuce sandwiches, burger steaks or veggie burger, assorted fruits, packets fruit juice, crisps.
    Dinner: soup of the day, fish fillets with buttered potatoes or vegetable stew with rice, fruit, tea or coffee.
    Vegetarians are well catered for but please inform us before departure of any special dietary requests. Please note that in Kenya the availability of certain specialised products for restricted diets, e.g. gluten-free or dairy-free, is minimal or non-existent and we strongly recommend you bring these specialised dietary items from home.You may find it beneficial to bring some 'summit snacks' with you from home; summit day is a long trekking day and high energy snacks are not readily available locally in Kenya.
    Transport
    Minibus
    Joining point
    Rock House
    Off Dr.Syedna Muhammed Burhandin Road
    Nairobi
    KENYA
    Phone: +254 20 22 42 133
    Arrival complications
    We don't expect any problems (and nor should you) but if for any reason you are unable to commence your trip as scheduled, please refer to the emergency contact section below for who to contact depending upon your starting location.
    Finish point
    Nairobi
    Nairobi
    KENYA
    Emergency contact
    In the case of genuine crisis or emergency please call our partner EXODUS on their 24 HOUR EMERGENCY NUMBER Tel: +44 (0) 1582 644 100.
    For all other enquiries please contact our Reservations department which is open 24 hours, 6 days per week. For further contact details please use the following page:
    Emergency funds
    Please also make sure you have access to an additional US$400, to be used when unforeseen incidents or circumstances outside our control (eg. a natural disaster, civil unrest or an outbreak of bird flu) necessitate a change to our planned route.
    Visas
    Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. The visa requirements for your trip vary depending on where you are from and where you are going. As a general rule most countries expect that you will have at least 6 months' validity on your passport. On arrival visitors may be asked to present return tickets and evidence of means to cover your intended stay.
    We keep the following information up to date as much as possible, but rules do change - it's important that you check for yourself. Residents from other countries must consult the relevant embassies or your travel agent.
    KENYA:
    Australia: Yes - Visa required
    Belgium: Yes - Visa required
    Canada: Yes - Visa required
    Germany: Ye - Visa required
    Ireland: Yes - Visa required
    Netherlands: Yes - Visa required
    New Zealand: Yes - Visa required
    South Africa: Yes - Visa required if travelling for more than 30days
    Switzerland: Yes - Visa required
    United Kingdom: Yes - Visa required
    USA: Yes - Visa required
    Kenyan Visas can be obtained at point of entry for most nationalities, although some are required to purchase visas in advance. You MUST check before departure. If you plan to purchase your visa on arrival you'll need new (post-2003), clean US dollars cash. The cost is around US$50. Currently you don't require a multi-entry visa between Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda due to an agreement between the three countries (eg. if you exit Kenya to Tanzania you can re-enter Kenya on the same visa). If your trip visits Rwanda and re-enters Kenya you may require a double entry visa to Kenya, depending on the border guard on the day. This can easily be purchased at the border if required.
    Issues on your trip
    While we always endeavour to provide the best possible holiday experience, due to the nature of travel and the areas we visit sometimes things can and do go wrong. Should any issue occur while you are on your trip, it is imperative that you discuss this with your group leader or our local representative straight away so that they can do their best to rectify the problem and save any potential negative impact on the rest of your trip.
    We recognise that there may be times when your group leader/local partner may not be able to resolve a situation to your satisfaction - if this is the case, please ask the leader to speak to their direct manager.
    You may also choose to provide details in your online feedback, which we ask you to complete within 30 days of the end of your trip. But we do ask you to be aware that it is very difficult for us to provide any practical help after the trip is complete.
    What to take
    What you need to bring will vary according to the trip style you have chosen, the countries you are visiting and when you are travelling. Generally speaking you should pack as lightly as possible. On the vast majority of our trips you are expected to carry your own luggage and although you won't be required to walk long distances with your luggage (max 30 minutes), we recommend keeping the weight under 10kg / 22lb.
    Most travellers carry their luggage in a backpack, although an overnight bag with a shoulder strap would suffice if you travel lightly. Smaller bags or backpacks with wheels are convenient although we recommend your bag has carry straps. You'll also need a day pack/bag to carry water and a camera etc for day trips.
    You can find Intrepid's Ultimate Packing List on our website. It should be used as a guide only and isn't intended to be a complete packing list.
    All luggage for the Mt Kenya climb should be packed in a soft kitbag or duffel bag. All camping equipment is provided except for your own personal equipment.
    ESSENTIAL EQUIPMENT & CLOTHING:
    - 4-5 season sleeping bag
    - Sleeping mat/Thermarest
    - Good quality, well worn-in walking boots
    - 4-5 season duvet jacket
    - Fleece or equivalent
    - Thermal underwear
    - Water bottles (2 x 1 litre)
    - Waterproof jacket and trousers
    - 2 pairs of gloves
    - Warm hat or balaclava
    - Sunglasses, sun hat, high factor sunscreen
    - Thick socks
    - Head torch (with spare batteries - freezing temperatures can affect your batteries so bring a few spares)
    - Comfortable day pack
    - Summit snacks
    - Personal first aid kit with diarrhoea treatment, painkillers, rehydration sachets, insect repellant, band-aids and a blister treatment kit. A larger first aid kit is carried on each trek but our leaders and staff are not allowed to administer drugs of any kind so you should bring any personal medications you require with you.
    Health
    All Intrepid travellers need to be in good physical health in order to participate fully on this trip. When selecting your trip please make sure you have read through the itinerary carefully and assess your ability to cope with our style of travel. Please note that if, in the opinion of our group leader or local guide, any traveller is unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group, Intrepid reserves the right to exclude them from all or part of a trip without refund.
    You should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information or for any necessary vaccinations and anti-malarial requirements before departure. We recommend that you carry a first aid kit as well as any personal medical requirements (including a spare pair of glasses) as they may not easily be obtained at the locations on this trip. For legal reasons our leaders and guides are prohibited from administering any type of drugs including headache tablets and antibiotics. Please ensure that you are adequately prepared.
    YELLOW FEVER:
    A valid international certificate of vaccination against Yellow Fever is required in many countries. You may need to present this on arrival at the airport or border crossing. Some countries will refuse entry if you are unable to present your certificate. It's also quite common for your home country to request a Yellow Fever certificate on your arrival back home.
    It is your responsibility to check with your doctor well in advance of leaving home about the Yellow Fever requirements for the countries you'll be visiting.
    ALTITUDE SICKNESS:
    Parts of your trip go above 2800 metres / 9200 feet where it is common for travellers to experience some adverse health effects due to the altitude - regardless of your age, gender and fitness. It even happened to Sir Edmund Hillary!
    Before your trip.
    Some pre-existing medical conditions are known to severely worsen at high altitude and be difficult to adequately treat on the ground, leading to more serious consequences. It is imperative that you discuss your pre-existing medical condition/s with your doctor
    We understand certain medications are reported to aid acclimatizing to high altitude. Please discuss these options with your doctor.
    During your trip.
    While our leaders have basic first aid training and are aware of the closest medical facilities, it is very important that you are aware of the cause and effects of travelling at altitude, monitor your health and seek assistance accordingly.
    Please read the following document carefully and, during your trip, utilise the table on the back daily to record your own perspective of your general health and any symptoms you may experience:
    http://d3oxn90f3yphmd.cloudfront.net/sites/default/files/file_attach/52735_product_altitude-sickness.pdf
    Safety
    Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before departure. Please refer to our website's safety page for links to major travel advisories and updates on safety issues affecting our trip.
    We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe-keeping of your passport, air tickets, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewellery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Many of our hotels have safety deposit boxes, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage.
    Your leader will accompany you on all included activities, however during your trip you'll have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy or explore at your leisure. While your group leader will assist you with the available options in a given location, please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your Intrepid itinerary, and Intrepid makes no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your own good judgement when selecting an activity in your free time. Please also note that your group leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it's deemed necessary due to safety concerns.
    For more details on the type of conditions and safety standards you can expect on your trip, please refer to Intrepid's operational safety policy on our website. We recommend that you take a moment to read through this information before travelling, and would appreciate any feedback on how well it's being implemented in the field:
    PETTY THEFT AND PERSONAL SAFETY:
    While travelling there is always the risk of pick-pocketing and petty theft, particularly in the more touristy cities. We recommend that you exercise caution when walking alone at night and encourage you to walk together and only on main, well-lit thoroughfares. Be particularly vigilant on public transport. Simple measures like carrying your day pack on your front, not hanging your bag over the back of your chair and wearing a money belt will reduce any chance that your valuables should go missing.
    Travel insurance
    Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.
    When travelling on a group trip, you won't be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance and the insurance company's 24 hour emergency contact number has been seen by your leader.
    If you have credit card insurance your group leader will require details of the participating insurer/underwriter, the level of coverage, policy number and emergency contact number rather than the bank's name and credit card details. Please contact your bank for these details prior to arriving in-country.
    Please go to our website for links to various travel insurance providers:
    Responsible Travel
    We believe strongly in low impact or rather positive impact tourism. Broadly speaking this means that we try to minimise the negative aspects of tourism on the local cultures and environments that we visit and highlight the positive aspects. Please visit our website for further details and suggestions on how you can be a responsible traveller:
    When packing be aware that dress standards can be conservative in some parts of Africa. To respect this and for your own comfort, we strongly recommend modest clothing. This means covering shoulders and no short shorts in culturally sensitive areas: Mosques, small villages, etc. We recommend a mixture of loose, lightweight clothing and warm clothing for the evenings. Topless sun bathing is unacceptable through out the whole of Africa.
    A couple of rules
    Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on our trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land, but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for Intrepid travellers. Intrepid's philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter and in particular, the local people who make our destinations such special places. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our group leader has the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.
    The Intrepid Foundation
    Since Intrepid Travel commenced operating in 1989 we've been committed to giving something back to the communities we visit. One way has been through our support for local humanitarian, development and conservation projects. Many of our travellers want to contribute something too. Whilst it is often tempting to give hand-outs to those less fortunate, this has the potential to promote a culture of begging and dependency. Handouts are not a sustainable way for individuals or communities to live. That’s why we established The Intrepid Foundation – to make it easier for travellers wishing to give back to communities in an effective and meaningful way.
    The Intrepid Foundation is a not-for-profit fund offering a selection of excellent grassroots organisations which you can contribute to. All donations to The Intrepid Foundation will be matched by Intrepid Travel dollar for dollar (up to AU$5,000 per donor and a total of AU$400,000 for all donors in each financial year). And every cent gets there as Intrepid Travel pays for all the administration costs. Donating is simple and secure. Please ask your group leader for information on the projects we support through The Intrepid Foundation or go to our website:
    Responsible Travel projects
    Organisations and projects currently supported in Kenya include:
    * New Hope Children's Centre aims to assist the less fortunate in society and give them hope. The centre currently caters for 170 children, both boys and girls, from many parts of Kenya: 130 are residents and 40 live with their grandmothers, with New Hope paying for their school fees and assisting with clothing where necessary.
    * Saidia Children's Home first opened its doors in 2004 with just five children in a disused and near derelict college building. They now have their own building and land, which is home to about fifty children. Their aim is to improve the lives of AIDS orphans and other disadvantaged children in Gilgil and the surrounding area, ultimately by creating projects that will become independent of outside aid.
    Feedback
    After your travels, we want to hear from you! We realise that our partner company may ask you to complete paper or online feedback following your trip, however we would also like to know what you thought and encourage you to submit your feedback to us too. This is so important to us that we'll give you 5% off the price of your next trip if your feedback is completed online within 4 weeks of finishing your trip.