ECOLOGY AND ENVIRONMENT:
Practical ecology techniques including soil, vegetation and faunal sampling on different areas of the conservancy.
CRAFT & CULTURE:
The cultures of Taita-Taveta. Visit the Taita basket weavers, Taita and Duruma women groups for traditional dances, or visit an authentic Maasai village to meet the Maasai community.
Participate in the daily activities of a typical African subsistence farm and a cattle ranch, including harvesting, dipping and herding. Visit the Wildlife Works indigenous tree nursery and agricultural intensification test-plots where organic farming techniques are tested to produce improved yields in this semi-arid area.
Bush-walk with the Conservancy Rangers to discover some of the natural bush resources and modern uses of wild products.
Learn about the ongoing biodiversity and social research being conducted in the area. Learn about monitoring techniques like transects, camera traps, GPS tracking, questionnaires … and collect data yourself on wildlife transects with the Wildlife Works field researchers using GPS’s and datasheets.
CARBON AND CLIMATE CHANGE:
As the Tsavo Conservancy is part of the world’s first validated and verified REDD+ project, it is a great place to learn about carbon offsetting and the community based REDD+ climate change mitigation process. Also get involved in the ongoing climate change research on Mount Kasigau.
CONSERVATION AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT:
Learn about the critically endangered species and their habitat, and the conservation efforts that can be made to protect them, and the challenge of human-wildlife conflict and how Wildlife Works involve the surrounding community in their ground-breaking conservation model.
SECURITY & SURVIVAL:
A physical challenge in the African bush with the Conservancy Rangers – using map reading and navigation, game tracking and spoor identification, first aid tips and learn how to be safe in the bush when on foot.
The Tsavo Discovery Centre has a long and happy history of working hand-in-hand with the communities that surround the Conservancy. Involve yourself in one of the many on-going projects that are happening at the time.
WORLD WAR I:
In 1914 the Germans invaded Kenya (at the time British East Africa) from the south and set up strike posts on rocky outcrops that stud the flat bush land of Tsavo. Remaining rock fortifications, some still relatively intact, can be visited on the Kizima Hills in the Conservancy, and on Mt. Kasigau.