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Walk on the Wild Side Trek Kenya 2022

Challenge level: 3 out of 5

When can I go?

12 August - 20 August 2022 On Sale
Duration 9 days

What does it cost?

Registration fee (payable today) Info $523

 

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Walk on the Wild Side Trek Kenya 2022

Take a walk on the wild side on this roarsome seven-day Kenyan adventure, trekking right through Kenya’s Rift Valley to the banks of the River Malewa.

Along the way, we’ll be immersed in an entirely different world and spot an extraordinary range of African wildlife, from hippos and giraffes to zebras, wildebeests and many more.

We may even be lucky enough to spot the elusive cheetahs and lions – after all, we venture through Hell’s Gate National Park, the setting of The Lion King!

We finish off this amazing challenge with an exclusive visit to an elephant orphanage, where orphaned babies are looked after and raised until they’re ready to return to the wild.

The wildlife isn’t the only thing to get excited about: we’ll experience spectacular landscapes and more than a handful of life-changing moments, from exploring the sprawling plains to climbing to the ridge the Mount Longonot volcano. And the best part? It’s all in aid of animal and wildlife charities!

 

COVID-19: Keeping you safe
As we hope you know, the health and safety of our participants is always - and has always been - our highest priority.

Our team of experts here at DC has created a brilliant 14-step initiative, to minimise the risk of coronavirus and maximise your safety. Please click here to see our ground-breaking plan and rest assured that you're safe booking with us.

Walk on the Wild Side
Whether you choose to support a charity for pets, assistance dogs, animal rights, wildlife or the environment, by taking on this Walk on the Wild Side challenge, you'll be standing up for those without a voice and so fundraising for an invaluable cause. Let's come together for our furry, feathery and scaly friends and face this challenge like a lion!

You can self-fund and pay the challenge costs yourself without the pressure of a minimum sponsorship target; or you can choose sponsorship and commit to raising a minimum amount for the charity of your choice.

 

Your itinerary

Days 1 & 2
UK – Nairobi - Lake Naivasha | approx. 3 hours trekking

Our Walk on the Wild Side adventure starts with an overnight flight from London to Nairobi airport, touching down on Day 2. Here, our challenge guide greets us and transfers us to our camp on the shores of Lake Naivasha in Kenya’s Rift Valley.

After lunch, we catch a short transfer to the nearby crater lake and take a “warm up walk” to ease us into our challenge. Our stroll takes us around the stunning fresh water lake, nestled between volcanic rocks and lush vegetation and we have the fab opportunity to spot some local wildlife.

Home to over 400 different species of bird and a large protected population of hippos, we may also spot some giraffes, zebras, waterbucks and wildebeests! (We don’t call this Walk on the Wild Side challenge for nothing.)

Returning to our camp, we enjoy our first group dinner, followed by a briefing from our challenge guide.

Day 3
Lake Naivasha - Hell’s Gate National Park | approx. 26km

After our first glimpse of the enthralling African wildlife, we set off on our real challenge, beginning with a trek to Hell’s Gate National Park.

Once we’ve entered the park, we have a relatively flat walk through a mix of typical African savannah and volcanic terrain, looking out for animals along the way.

Renowned for its wide variety of animals and bird life, the park was established in 1984 and ten years later, the 1994 Disney sensation, The Lion King, was largely modelled on the park (so we encourage you to break out into a chorus of Hakuna Matata as we walk)!

We may be lucky enough to glimpse lions, cheetahs, along with the less elusive zebras and buffalo! We eventually reach our campsite within the park and rest for the night, far away from urban frenzy.

Day 4
Hell’s Gate National Park | approx. 16.5km

After breakfast, we start today’s trek by walking down the valley and up the hills of the National Park, taking in the spectacular range of scenery over varying terrains.

We stop for lunch and a rest by the Ranger's Post, before continuing through the rocky gorge.

The landscape changes again as we roam through the bush, before finally heading back to our camp in the park for a second night.

Day 5
Hell’s Gate National Park - Longonot National Park | approx. 18km

Today, we trek through more savannah with a range of flat and hilly sections and pass through the Kedong Ranch.

This ranch stretches to a whopping 600 square kilometres and enjoys a beautiful backdrop of Hell’s Gate and Mount Longonot.

We can’t help but feel dwarfed by the vast expanses around us, a welcome escape from the fast pace of the UK.

Tonight, we settle down to camp in Longonot National Park, home to the incredible stratavolcano, Mount Longonot.

Day 6
Mount Longonot trek | approx. 13.4km (700m elevation gain)

We wake up before sunrise today to take on the toughest day yet! Together, we trek and scramble our way up the extinct volcano, Mount Longonot, altogether climbing around 600m (from 2,150m above sea level to 2,780m) but rewarded all the way with incredible vistas.

At the rim of the crater, we make the most of the spectacular panorama over the rift valley and Lake Longonot and snap a group photo or two. Of course, a camera can’t do justice to this amazing landscape, but it’s worth a try!

Continuing our trek, we hike along the jagged edge and peer into the volcano, before descending back to the camp for a well-deserved lunch. We then have the chance to rest our aching legs as we transfer to Malewa River Camp.

Day 7
Malewa River Gorge trek | approx. 12km

We start our last day’s trek by crossing the shallow Malewa River Gorge, enjoying the extraordinary sounds of animal life all around us. This brings us into the middle of Africa at its natural best, lush with flowers, trees and wildlife each side of the river. 

After passing our last crater pool, we trek to Malewa Camp for lunch and more importantly, our finish line!

From here, we transfer to our night’s hotel accommodation in Nairobi and celebrate with a farewell dinner to toast our achievement.

Days 8 & 9
Nakuru – Nairobi - UK

On our last – and potentially best - day in Kenya, we have the wonderful opportunity to visit the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust elephant orphanage, where orphaned babies are looked after and raised until they’re ready to return to the wild.

We get to meet the baby elephants and learn how their carers look after them and keep them happy after their rough start to life. Why not support these orphaned Elephants by sponsoring one?

On our way back to the hotel, we stop at a charming souvenir shop to pick up gifts and trinkets.

After some free time to relax and get ourselves sorted for the journey home, we transfer in the late afternoon to the Jomo Kenyatta International airport in Nairobi, stopping for dinner en route.

From here, we catch our overnight flight back to London, arriving on Day 9.

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Funding options

Self Funded

Pay your registration fee and your challenge costs yourself.

$2,775

Pay the balance

  • Pay a non-refundable registration fee, which is used to administer the challenge and secure your seats with the airline.
  • Pay the challenge costs of £1,850 yourself 12 weeks before your challenge starts.
  • The challenge costs cover flights (not including airport taxes and the fuel surcharge, approx. £350), food, accommodation, transfers, guides and medical support, including two doctors.
  • Choose to fundraise as much as you can for the animal, wildlife or environment charity of your choice or make a personal donation.
  • Please also remember to budget for airport taxes and fuel surcharge (£350). These won't be covered in the challenge costs so you'll need to pay them separately (approx. £350).
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Sponsorship

Pay your registration fee and raise the minimum target for your chosen charity.

$5,550

Minimum sponsorship target

  • Pay a non-refundable registration fee when you book, which is used to administrate the challenge and secure your seats with the airline.
  • Fundraise the minimum sponsorship target of £3,700 for a charity or animal sanctuary of your choice at least 12 weeks before your challenge.
  • Providing you have raised the funds, the charity you are supporting will pay the challenge costs of £1,850 on your behalf.
  • The challenge costs cover your flights (not including airport taxes and the fuel surcharge, approx. £350), food, accommodation, transfers, guides and medical support, including two doctors.
  • Please also remember to budget for airport taxes and fuel surcharge (approx. £350).
  • Please note that not all charities are happy to commit to the minimum sponsorship option. If you choose this option, we contact the charity you want to support on your behalf. If they are not happy with the minimum sponsorship option, we’ll let you know as soon as possible.
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FAQs
Walk on the Wild Side Trek Kenya 2022

As we hope you know, the health and safety of our participants is always - and has always been - our highest priority.

Our team of experts here at Dream Challenges has created a brilliant 14-step initiative, to minimise the risk of coronavirus and maximise your safety. Please click here to see our ground-breaking plan and rest assured that you're safe booking with us.

With even the government unsure how exactly the coronavirus situation will eventuate, we can't make any guarantees; but we can promise you that we will always put your health and security first and will always be just and flexible in any decisions we have to make, regarding postponements and transfers.

 

Absolutely! As part of our amazing 14-step initiative to minimise the risk of coronavirus and maximise your safety on all our challenges we're delighted to have found a fantastic travel insurance policy, which covers you for COVID-19.

You can see the insurance policy here or click here to check out the full 14 actions we're taking to keep you safe.

This challenge is not designed for Olympic athletes – it is designed for people looking for an amazing goal to train and get fit for.

A number of the people who will take part on this challenge will have a low level of fitness when they sign up. Walk on the Wild Side is the perfect motivation to get fit and have the experience of a lifetime.

We strongly recommend you train for the trek and we'll send you a fantastic training plan once you sign up. This training plan builds up as time goes on, so you'll be ready and raring to go by the time we jet to Kenya!

Please don't be! The majority of people will sign up on their own and our Dream Challenges are renowned for the amazing camaraderie and life long friendships made as our groups take on these incredible feats together.

Once you've signed up for the challenge, we'll send you a link to a private Facebook group for everyone registered for the Walk on the Wild Side Trek Kenya 2022.

Please feel free to use this space to swap questions, advice and updates with your fellow trekkers on your training and fundraising. You may also want to reach out to the other participants in this group to see if there's anyone in your local area you can meet up to train and fundraise with.

Absolutely not! One of the amazing things about the challenge is that people of all ages will come together to do something very special.

Everyone who is at least 18 years old by the challenge date is more than welcome to join this awesome Walk on the Wild Side challenge.

Your registration fee of £349 per person is used to administer the challenge and secure your seats with the airline.

Your challenge costs of £1,850 (ie. 50% of the fundraising target if you choose the sponsorship option) cover:

  • Your international flights (not including airport taxes and the fuel surcharge, approx. £350)
  • Meals throughout the challenge 
  • Accommodation*
  • All transfers in Kenya
  • Entry fees where applicable
  • A team of first-aid and COVID-19-trained challenge guides and Dream Challenges staff
  • Full support from the Dream Challenges office in the lead up to and during your challenge
  • Medical support, including two doctors, who will accompany us throughout the challenge and call all participants for a COVID-19-symptom check prior to departure
  • Your Walk on the Wild Side Kenya 2022 medal and t-shirt
  • Extra protocols taken to protect you from COVID-19 - please see our ground-breaking 14-step action plan here.

*Accommodation is included on a twin-sharing basis. If you would rather pay for a single supplement and have a room/tent to yourself, we can arrange this for you for an additional cost of £100.

Please email us at events@dream-challenges.com if you would like to do this at least fourteen weeks before the challenge starts.

In addition to paying your registration fee of £349 and either self funding your challenge costs or raising the minimum sponsorship, you will need to budget for:

  • Airport taxes and the fuel surcharge (approx. £350)
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Gratuities
  • Personal expenses
  • Optional excursions/extensions
  • Your visa for Kenya (You will need to arrange this yourself. We'll send you details of this in the lead up to the challenge.)
  • You may also want to pay £100 for a single supplement at our accommodation

You will, of course, need a pair of walking boots. We will supply you with a comprehensive list of everything you will need to take on the challenge well before your departure date.

We'll also send all participants a free Travel Safety Kit ahead of the challenge and it's essential you bring this with you to minimise both your own and your fellow participants' risk of COVID-19.

Your Travel Safety Kit will include hand sanitiser, anti-bac wipes and face masks for each day of the challenge. Please note, you do not have to wear face masks while trekking.

We'll camp in comfortable campsites throughout the challenge, apart from two nights in a hotel in Nakuru and Nairobi ( the nights following Day 1 and Day 7).

*We organise our accommodation on a twin-sharing basis, which is included in the challenge cost.

However, if you would rather pay for a single supplement (£100 per person, NOT included in your challenge cost) and have a room/tent to yourself, please get in touch and we can arrange this for you.

Yes of course! If you wish to extend your stay in Kenya, simply get in touch and we can find flight options for you.

Please let us know if you decide to do this at least 14 weeks before our departure date by emailing us at events@dream-challenges.com.

You will need to take out your own personal travel insurance, covering health, accident, loss and repatriation. Dream Challenges has a policy that provides appropriate cover for this type of activity, plus coverage for COVID-19.

We will send you the details once you have registered. You can however take out your own insurance, providing it covers you for a charity trek in Kenya.

You will also need to arrange your own visa. We'll send you information on how to do this closer to the challenge departure date.

The Dream Challenges team are here to help you achieve your challenge and will support you all the way. We are on hand from the minute you sign up to answer any questions that you may have about your training or the challenge itself.

Once you have registered, we will send you a realistic training programme to help you get fit for the trek. The programme builds up gradually as the challenge gets closer.

We also have fantastic first-aid-trained challenge guides and two doctors accompanying us throughout the challenge.

There are likely to be 30 to 40 participants.

As we're not medically trained, we're afraid we can't offer you advice on this. We recommend you contact your GP or your local travel clinic, who will have the latest travel health advice.

We also recommend you visit the NHS Fit for Travel website here, to keep up to date with current travel health news and advice on staying healthy abroad.

NHS Fit for Travel website: https://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/home

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