Solidarity tourism trips

Solidarity tourism trip

The birth of a tourist activity can be a development engine for the village and the community of Nyandiwa.

Aims

Solidarity tuirism is a tourist approach that pays the utmost attention to the environment and to the culture of the place.

Key elements are:

  • environmental safeguard and respect;
  • safeguard and respect of the local communities’ tradition and culture;  
  • sharing a complete overall experience for any tourist thanks to the direct relationship with the local community and a better knowledge of its culture;
  • sharing with local communities all social and economic benefits coming form tourism. 
IKSDP already had a first positive experience in 2017, when hosting a first group of tourists within the Centre of Nyandiwa.
A second group will join a similar journey this summer, 2018. Hopefully, this kind of activity will continue in the future. 
 

TRAVEL PACKAGE
Nairobi – natural parksLake Victoria

Duration: 12 days

Program

First day

Arrival to Nairobi airport. Entry procedure, meeting with the local guide. Transfer to the hotel and check in. Free time and overnight stay.

Second day

Breakfast and departure by coach to Nyandiwa and Lake Victoria. Route: Nairobi – Sori, Sori – Nyandiwa. The trip is meant to last 8/9 hrs and we will cross the Rift Valley, mountainous areas, tea plantations, towns and markets. This will be your first approach to the African daily life. Pocket lunch. Arrival to Sori and transfer via taxi to Nyandiwa, on a dirt track. Arrival to the IKSDP center and check in. Dinner and overnight stay.

Third day

Visit to IKSDP center. Departure for a boat trip to KIWA (about 30 min), a small island located in front of Nyandiwa peninsula and inhabited by a community of fishermen. Trekking in the countryside and visit to the areas where women dry fish. Visit of the school and the local health care center. Pocket lunch. Return to the IKSDP Center (5 pm).

Fourth day

Visit to the Creative Center and meeting with local artists. Free time to shop for ethnic products. Visit to Nyandiwa and meeting with the local community.

Fifth day

Departure by jeep/trekking to Kitawa, a coastal area with an abundance of flora and fauna characterized by several species of birds and monkeys. It is a small and peculiar ecosystem, completely different from the barren landscape surrounding it. Majestic, centuries-old trees and the black rocks emerging from the lake make this place unique. Pocket lunch. Visit to the jatropha and sunflowers plantation. Visit to Kitawa school, where the rooms have been rebuilt thanks to a joint contribution of the Harambee project. Return to the IKSDP Center (4pm). Meeting with the IKSDP manager.

Sixth day

Walk around Nyandiwa and in the city center, meeting with the most relevant local realities. Visit to the Sport Center, to the market and to the landing area. Return to the Center for lunchtime. In the afternoon, visit to the legendary Mae site and to a fishing village.

Seventh day

Departure and hike to Migingo island. Pocket lunch. Return to IKSDP Center at about 4pm and meeting with the college pupils.

Eighth day

Departure for an excursion by jeep into the Gwassi Forest, reaching a height of 2.000 meters. The return will consist of a trekking route through some villages, the aqueduct spring and the medical dispensary. Pocket lunch. The arrival is expected to be around 5pm.

Ninth day

Meeting with the teachers of College, time for community work. In the afternoon, arrangement and preparation for the dinner and farewell party with the IKSDP staff.

 

Tenth day

Departure by taxi from Nyandiwa to Sori bus station at 5am. Transfer by coach to Nairobi. Arrival at 4 pm. Arrangement in the hotel and lunch. Free time in the afternoon. Dinner and overnight stay

Eleventh day

Breakfast and departure for an excursion to Nairobi National Park. Pocket lunch. Return to the hotel, dinner and overnight stay.

Twelfth day

Visit of Nairobi and its handicraft and textile markets. Lunch. Visit to the National Museum. Dinner and transfer to the airport.

NYANDIWA

Homa Bay County - Kenya

USEFUL INFORMATION:

  1. DOCUMENTS: Passport with a residual validity of 6 month + Entry Visa
  2. VACCINATIONS: Yellow fever, anti-tetanus, anti-malaria prophylaxis
  3. CURRENCY: Kenyan shilling € 1 = 100 shillings
  4. CLIMATE/WEATHER: Average temperatures between 24 °C and 30 °C. The wet season runs from the end of May to June. Sporadic rainfall in April and November.
  5. LANGUAGES: Kiswahili/luo, English
  6. TIME ZONE: +2 hours during winter time and +1 hour during summer time.

The days spent in Nyandiwa will follow the equatorial rhythm, having respectively 12 hours of light and 12 hours of darkness. We will start each day having breakfast at 7.30-8.00, followed by a quick lesson of luo in order to learn some common sayings of courtesy and easily interact with the local population. Evenings will be dedicated to an exchange of experiences and to relax, in the veranda overlooking Lake Victoria

 

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