Memorable Kenyan Experiences
Just before the summer holidays, Mr Rigby and Miss Hanson from OBA took thirteen students from Years 11 and 12, accompanied by staff and pupils from OCA in Widnes, on a once in a lifetime trip to Kenya.
After a long and tiring flight to Dubai and then a further journey to Nairobi, the students got in to the awaiting safari vehicles and headed to their camp for the first night’s stay. Although a little shocked by the outdoor showers and the plethora of new, intriguing insects, the students soon started to settle in to Kenyan life and even ended up trying their hand at bartering for presents for friends and family!
Over the 2 weeks, students and staff were given the opportunity to go on multiple safari trips, both during the day and at night. They were lucky enough to catch sightings of wildebeest, zebras, lions, elephants and giraffes, to name just a few!
Students also had the opportunity to visit a Masai tribe and they were invited to step inside their homes and take a look around their market. Some of the male student ‘warriors’ also tried their hand at starting fires!
Shortly after, students travelled the long journey to the Marich Pass, where they had chance for a quick photo opportunity at the equator! Students then spent the next five nights in ‘Bandas’ (mud-huts).
During their time at the Marich Pass Field Studies Centre, students participated in visits to a local school and even had the opportunity to scale Mount Koh – not for the faint hearted! During the evenings, students were treated to markets, musicians, campfires and even BBQs by the river!
Before they all knew it, it was time to start the journey back towards the airport, where they stayed in a local boarding school and had a chance to cycle through Hell’s Gate National Park the following morning. The final night in Kenya was in the Elsamere Conservation Centre (Born Free) where everyone had a much-needed cool down in a local swimming pool during the day, followed by the final awards ceremony in the evening!
Miss Hanson said:
All the students had a fantastic time on the trip, with some even reporting it had opened their eyes to how fortunate they are - and they would all LOVE to go back!
Any students interested in going on the trip next year can get details in assemblies, speak to Mr Rigby or Miss Hanson.