A Travelers Perspective

“My visit to Kenya and Tanzania was a fascinating and humbling experience”. In June of 2018, Ian Wyatt and several others traveled with Global Partners for Development to Kenya and Tanzania. The group visited water and education projects in Kenya, made possible through our Vineyards to Villages program, and a Maasai village in Tanzania where Global Partners has done work for many years.

Though Ian had traveled to Africa before, this was his first time to Kenya and his first time seeing both countries through the lens of Global Partners’ development work. Like many travelers, Ian valued the escape from the Western lifestyle and the opportunity to experience rural Africa and it’s wildlife. More uniquely however, Ian visited communities and saw first hand the poverty that persists in these areas and the support Global Partners is providing so that these communities may secure access to water, hygiene, and education. On his time in the Kissii Province of Kenya Ian writes:

We visited a number of schools where the facilities are very basic.  Classrooms mostly have dirt floors, windows are often absent and desks simple planks of wood.  Water supplies are rare… By contrast, teachers and pupils are dedicated, positive and very welcoming to us as visitors.  There is huge pride and dignity. GPFD is contributing significantly to help these schools succeed.  I believe education is the key driver to allow a country to develop and for its people to help themselves.

Ian was struck by the kindness, dedication and respect shown by the people living and working in the communities he visited. On his time in Arusha, Tanzania he writes:

Our final full day saw us in the Arusha area and we started by joining a meeting of a Maasai chief, GPFD and the local council.  It was to discuss poor progress and difficulties with a water pipeline project where GPFD were to then support the Maasai in extending the pipe network to the settlement area. Observing the meeting also gave a fine example of dignity and politeness.  Our politicians could learn a lot!

We at Global Partners are thankful for the interest and support our travelers bring to community-driven development and for the solidarity they show our partners who are working tirelessly to build individualized, sustainable solutions to the most pressing problems facing their communities. In summary, Ian shared the following:

In the areas of Africa where GPFD is supporting local communities to help themselves, the conditions of daily life are so difficult with the basic needs of water and hygiene so lacking that any visitor can’t help but be shocked. Despite these conditions the local people are happy, welcoming and show huge dignity.  It is fantastic the way GPFD works with these people to help them help themselves. I strongly support all efforts to encourage education as the way out of this poverty and  saw at first hand GPFD making a real difference.

We’re humbled by Ian’s reflections on his trip, and are thrilled that he valued the experience traveling with Global Partners for Development. To learn more about our travel opportunities, please visit: https://gpfd.org/travel/

Africa Travel 2017: Kenya & Tanzania January 30-February 13 2017

Experience the vibrant spirit of Africa in local homes and villages and on the open plains of East Africa in 2017! This unique trip combines in-depth visits to projects funded by Global Partners for Development, opportunities to get to know our African development partners and other community members, and some of the best African wildlife viewing possible. You will be warmly welcomed into villages that are off the beaten path in rural areas that most tourists never reach and then graciously hosted on safari to view some of the most spectacular sights in East Africa.

 

SEE THE DIFFERENCE, MAKE THE DIFFERENCE

For 35 years, Global Partners for Development has helped implement hundreds of successful community development projects with local organizations, supporting health, education, water, sanitation, farm animal management and women’s income generation projects in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda. Join us as Global Partners’ staff supports our African partners in vetting, implementing and evaluating these life-changing projects.

THE SAFARI OF A LIFETIME

The Swahili word, ‘safari,’ means journey, and you will get to witness one of nature’s ultimate journeys while on safari during the great wildebeest migration. It will also be the time of year when you can hopefully catch hundreds of calves being born on the plains of the Serengeti.

GPFD Group Travel Leader, Daniel Casanova – http://www.gpfd.org

Daniel is the Executive Director at Global Partners and has lived and traveled all over the world. He speaks four languages and is currently working on his Swahilli and Maasai. He has extensive travel experience and is an expert in dealing with developing world bureaucracies. Also, his stories are legendary.

Hoopoe Safaris East Africa: Hoopoe Safaris won The Conde Naste EcoTourism award in 2004 as best ecotourism company in the world. Travelers’ safety and comfort are top priorities for Global Partners. Hoopoe provides us with the most up-to-date safari vehicle fleets in northern Tanzania, along with highly qualified & trained drivers. In 2015, Hoopoe managed travel for Bill and Chelsea Clinton on their Tanzanian philanthropic tour. Learn more about Hoopoe Safaris at www.hoopoe.com.

 

Contact: [email protected]

 

 

ITINERARY

Jan 30                    Arrive in Nairobi. Depending on flight times, some travelers may spend the night in Nairobi.

Jan 31                      Fly to Kisumu, Kenya, where we will spend the night by the largest lake in Africa, Lake Victoria. This breathtaking lake is the source of the Nile River.

Feb 1                        Relax in the morning after our long journey to Kenya. You can go boating in Lake Victoria or explore the many shops in Kisumu. In the afternoon, we will drive overland through the beautiful countryside on our way to Oyugis. We will spend the night in nearby Kisii at the Nyakoe Hotel (www.hotelnyakoe.com) during our time in Oyugis.

Feb 1-3                   Visit water and health projects and meet with partners in Oyugis. Oyugis is home to the Vineyards to Villages (V2V) school water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) projects.

Feb 4                       Travel overland from Kisii to Tarime, Tanzania where we will fly to the Lobo Airstrip in the Serengeti. We will spend the night in Loliondo, Tanzania.

Feb 5-6                   Spend two days visiting projects in the Maasai community of Loliondo. Access to this area of the Ngorongoro District is limited for tourists, so we are very privileged to have the opportunity to spend time with these Maasai communities. The highlight of this portion of the trip will be the opening of a new school in the Ormanie village.

Feb 7-9                   Go on safari in two of the most pristine national parks in Africa: the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, home of the famous Ngorongoro Crater, and Serengeti National Park. You will drive first to the Ngorongoro Crater and then to southern Serengeti, center of the spectacular annual wildebeest migration. You will stay in luxury tent camps and experience two daily wildlife drives and a breathtaking sunset drive on the Serengeti.  (www.kirurumu.net)

Feb 10-12              Fly to Arusha, Tanzania, where we will be staying at the Ilboru Safari Lodge (www.ilborusafarilodge.com). For the next two days, we will visit project communities and partners in the Arusha area.

Feb 13                     Decompress for a day in bustling Arusha, begin your journey back home from Kilimanjaro Airport, or stay to hike Kilimanjaro or visit the beaches of Zanzibar – the world is your oyster!

 

Trip price is $4,550 per person (Based on double occupancy. Single occupancy rates available on request. Prices for trips without wildlife safari available upon request.)

TRIP PRICE INCLUDES

  • All ground transportation
  • Accommodations in highly rated lodges and tented camps (includes hotel taxes, fees and tips)
  • Most meals (food at airports and snacks between meals will be the responsibility of the traveler)
  • Safari packages that include game viewing in specially outfitted Land Rovers and nights in luxury tent camps
  • Entrance fees to the national parks with safari packages
  • Services of a Global Partners tour manager and award-winning Hoopoe Adventure Tours guides
  • Routine tips for porters, wait staff, maids and drivers. Special appreciation tips to safari guides welcome.

NOT INCLUDED

Round trip airfare from the U.S. (we are happy to help you find the best routes/prices); passports and entry visas; optional excursions; excess baggage charges; preventative immunizations and pharmaceuticals; items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, telephones, internet, etc.; any other items not specified under ‘INCLUSIONS.’

Contact [email protected] for more information.

An Experience of a Lifetime

Travel in Africa is a journey like no other.  And travel with Global Partners for Development is even more so.  With like-minded travelers, discover the hidden beauty and genuine cross-cultural experiences where entire villages greet you and share with open arms.

 

Among your travel partners will be Executive Director Emeritus, Peter Verbiscar-Brown and his wife Noni, as well as President Elect Dave Stare and wife Lee.  What excellent companions on a journey to connect with the spirit and substance of East Africa.

 

The February 2014 experience includes the following itinerary:
Feb. 9: Arrive in Entebbe, Uganda
Feb. 10-14: Explore beautiful southwest Uganda, projects and rural countryside.
Feb. 15: Back to Entebbe, Uganda
Feb. 16-20: Fly to Arusha, Tanzania and visit projects around the Arusha area.
Feb. 21-23: Wildlife Safaris: Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti Park
Feb. 24: Fly back from the Serengeti, shop and freshen up for the evening flight back to the U.S.
Global Partners for Development has helped implement hundreds of successful community projects with East African village leaders and organizations supporting health, education, water and sanitation, farm animal management and women’s empowerment for more then 34 years.
Come and be warned – you may well lose your heart to Africa.
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