In 2009 Yorkshire Schools Exploring Society undertook a five week expedition to Kenya during July and August.
The expedition took the same format as in the past with members being split into teams of 10 to 12 members with a male and female leader per team, a field work leader and a Medic plus, for part of the time, some young Kenyan members.
The expedition spent the first 10-12 days working on field projects on the Indian Ocean coast (in the past we have carried out elephant and other animal surveys, underwater survey of the reef, and project work in a coastal village).
For this part of the expedition all members undertook the overnight train journey from Nairobi to Mombassa on the coast (one of the great Railway journeys of the world).
The second part of the expedition was a camel trek through the African bush in the semi desert area of the north of the country, camping out under the stars and cooking on open fires. The teams walked about 7 to 10 miles each day with the camels carrying all equipment and kit.
After the camel trek we returned to Nairobi and then have a visited one of the world famous Game Parks for three days. The last three days were be spent sight seeing and shopping in Nairobi with a last night’s meal at the famous Carnivore Restaurant before flying home.The trip was absolutely incredible! I got to see so many things and learned so much about both conservation and local life.
When not in the field team members stayed at a school in the suburbs of Nairobi, which has full security in its grounds.
Before the trip there were two training weekends in Yorkshire plus one parent’s evening.
Costs were in the region of £1500 to £1900 plus airfares, which included everything from leaving the UK to arriving back: accommodation, food, group equipment, insurance, local guides, transport, entry to game parks, etc.
Expedition Leader, Peter Drake