TREE PLANTING HOLIDAY EXPERIENCE FOR YOUR AFRICAN SAFARI


Help Our Forests To Regenerate And Thrive

You Can Even Plant Trees On Your Safari

Bridge through safari park woodland

Want to reduce your carbon footprint while on safari? You can and you’ll be helping to reforest Kenya’s natural habitats. Trees are a life-giving force, protecting the land, the air, the water, the wildlife, the birds… and the communities of people who depend on the cooling shade and fuel they provide.

Plus, trees provide oxygen, store carbon, and prevent soil erosion.

In Kenya, we’re especially fortunate to enjoy beautiful forests of acacia trees, groves of exotic baobabs, the magnificent Sycamore Fig, and the protective mangrove. These stately and ancient trees are celebrated in rituals, ceremonies, and in the eye-pleasing landscapes that welcome you on safari.

But sadly, climate change, deforestation, wildfire, and even the Corona pandemic have badly weakened our ecosystems and greatly reduced the number of trees that were once thriving in our parks and forests.

The need for replanting is so urgent that Kenya’s government has approved a national tree-growing restoration campaign to build up our forests to plant 15 billion trees by 2030.

You can be a part of this campaign with just a small amount of time taken from your safari day to help. Just imagine: enjoying the wildlife and then helping them and their biosphere to survive. We’ll explain how below.

Tree planting at Basecamp Masai Mara - Africa Kenya Safaris
The Mara river at low water levels, drying up seen on safari
A forest fire in Kenya

How Bad Is East African Deforestation?

Trees give us so much and yet humankind has been their worst enemy – throughout history, we have indiscriminately chopped them down for fuel and shelter until we have halved the number of trees on our planet.

In the Masai Mara, up to 80% of the trees have disappeared. This has impacted the animal population, many of whom depend on the trees’ leaves for sustenance.

Without the lush forest growth, even the predators become more vulnerable. The big cats need areas to hide and protect their young when they first come into the world. The decline in protective forest growth puts increasing pressure on their populations.

Many forest areas around the country have been diminished by the pressures of climate change and recently forest fires on Mt. Kenya have decimated untold acres of the forest on that mountain’s slopes.

Here’s How You Can Help Make Your Safari Eco-Friendly

Fortunately, today our eco-awareness has increased, and the tourism industry has pitched in to help improve the forestry situation now and for the future.

When you book your adventure with Africa Kenya Safaris, we can connect you with hotels, lodges, and tented camps that are eco-rated and offer tree-planting programs which encourage you to get involved.

Some of the activities you might take on during your stint in the program include planting native trees, collecting seeds, removal of invasive species, composting, and mulching.

Depending on the location of your accommodation, other tasks might include community-oriented events such as tree planting with the local villages or schools.

A girl being helped plant a tree during a Tree Planting Holiday Experience
Trees planted by Michelle and Barack Obama in an East African Safari Park
Seedball used to plant trees on an East African Tree Planting Safari
Seedballs used for planting trees in Kenya

Seedballs

They are exactly what they sound like – a seed inside a ball of charcoal dust, combined with a nutritious and water-soluble binding material. This is the newest innovative method of inexpensively and efficiently distributing seeds on a mass level.

The charcoal coating protects the seeds from rodents, birds, insects, and extreme temperatures until water from the surrounding environment seeps into the ball and stimulates germination.

You’ll find them throughout Kenya being distributed on the ground and from the air. This method of seeding is so easy and simple that the delivery instructions regarding seedballs are to “just throw and grow”.  

Even if the current climate is dry, the seedballs’ biochar coating safeguards the seeds until the heavy rains come and then turns into a moist medium helping the seed to germinate. What an easy and brilliant way to bring new life to our fields and forests.

Help The Karura and Ngong Road Forests

You don’t have to go far afield to find reforestation projects in which you can participate. On the edges of our capital city of Nairobi, the Karurua and Ngong Road Forests are inspiring examples of large urban parks that have benefitted from tree replanting.

As with any city park, at Karura you can walk, bike, hike, and jog, but here you’ll also find an indigenous tree and shrub nursery cultivating 100,000 seedlings. You can be a part of the park’s active tree-planting program, which has successfully rejuvenated its many acres over the last decades.

These rehabilitation efforts are also beginning now at Ngong Road Forest and you can easily get involved. We and our partners can create tree-planting time for you at these local parks and others nearby. Just let us know your interest. 

Ngong Road Forest Sanctuary Gate
Kakamega Forest National Reserve in Kenya

Regenerate Our Forests Naturally

The massive efforts now in place to revive our forests not only help sustain and improve our natural habitat, supporting the wildlife and beautifying the land but also bring economic benefits for the local populations.

Planting trees in a well-managed plan will create a sustainable source of wood for building materials. This means that forests will not be haphazardly cut down, destroying delicate habitats and watersheds.

By regenerating our fields and forests we ensure that the beauty and life-sustaining properties of our natural world continue, nourishing our parks, our communities, and our planet.

Just Let Us Know Your Plans

Tree planting at Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge - Africa Kenya Safaris

There is no shortage of ways you can pitch in and help. If you’re in Nairobi, we have plenty of opportunities for tree planting in our local parks. And if you’re on the safari road, many of our affiliated lodges and tented camps offer the means to get your hands into the dirt with some fun and fulfilling time restoring our forests.

Just let us know when booking your tour that you’d like to contribute just a bit of your safari adventure to planting some trees and help ensure a green future for us all.

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Seeing elephants on safari in Amboseli National Park

KENYA SAFARIS FROM/TO NAIROBI

2 Days Nairobi Kenya 4x4 Road Safaris

Got more than a day to explore? You’ll see much more on our two-day safaris to Kenya’s wildlife reserves. Choose from one, two, or even three destinations in your touring package. From Mt. Kilimanjaro to the Masai Mara, we’ll personalize a custom journey to your specific wishes

Ol Pejeta Wildlife Sanctuary
Masai Mara National Reserve
Lake Nakuru National Park, Lake Naivasha & Attractions

3 Days Nairobi Kenya 4x4 Road Safaris

If you have a little more time, a three-day journey will bring added opportunities to settle into the safari rhythm and mood. Three days is lots of time to get familiar with the land and wildlife of the great Tsavo East and Tsavo West Parks, with their red-dust elephants and vast expanse of sky and land. Or go for the rolling hills and thick wildlife herding across the Masai Mara. And then there’s the photographic splendor of Amboseli Park, nestled at the base of Kilimanjaro. You can’t go wrong with any of these choices.

Masai Mara National Reserve

Tsavo East, Tsavo West National Parks

Tsavo West National Park, Amboseli National Park

4 Days Nairobi Kenya 4x4 Road Safaris

These are longer tours – plenty of time to track the lions of Masai Mara and the elephants of Amboseli. Or you can combine the Mara experience with the up-country Rift Valley lakes of Nakuru and Naivasha with their blazing birdlife, rhinos, and sailing safaris.

Whatever way you design your 4-day adventure, this safari journey will make lasting impressions and create a meaningful with the land.

Tsavo East National Park, Tsavo West National Park, Amboseli National Park

Lakes Nakuru & Naivasha, Crescent Island, Masai Mara

Lake Naivasha, Crescent Island, Hell’s Gate National Park, Masai Mara National Reserve

2-4 Days Nairobi Kenya Flight safaris

5 & 6 Days Nairobi Kenya 4x4 Road Safaris

The great reserves of Amboseli and the Masai Mara dominate these safaris. You’ll have time to spend several days at these world-famous parks, tracking for the big cats, elephants, giraffes, zebra, and rhinos. Just click on the tours to learn more.

7 & 8 Days 4x4 Road safaris from Nairobi

These longer tours feature the above-mentioned great parks but also additional environments like the cool forests of Aberdare to the north and Rift Valley Lakes like Nakuru and Naivasha, with their dazzling birdlife. These are colorful and immersive safari experiences.

NAIROBI TO DIANI BEACH KENYA SAFARIS

3 Days Nairobi to Diani beach Kenya Safaris

If you don’t have a lot of time but want to get a taste of the safari life, try one of these excursions before heading off to the beach. Tsavo East and Tsavo West are big parks with lots of big game to discover – lions, leopards, elephants and so much more. Amboseli Park guarantees the majesty of world-famous Mt. Kilimanjaro and numerous sightings of great free-ranging elephants.

4 & 5 Days Nairobi to Diani beach Kenya Safaris

You’ll have more time to explore the parks and settle into that safari rhythm on these longer tours. In addition to Tsavo East, Tsavo West, and Amboseli, your choices expand to include Kenya’s most popular park, Masai Mara. The reserve is thick with the big cats and thousands of herding wildebeests and zebras during the Great Migration

6, 7 & 9 Days Nairobi to Diani beach Kenya Safaris

These safaris are enough time to become a seasoned safari-goer. You’ll have plenty of time to visit three or even four parks on this extended safari excursion. Your choices of parks to explore include Tsavo East, Tsavo West, Amboseli, the Masai Mara, and two additional reserves – Lake Naivasha and Lake Nakuru – home to immense birdlife, rhinos, and even sailing safaris.

KENYA BEACH SAFARIS FROM DIANI

2 & 3 Days Kenya safaris from Diani beach

These quick getaways will add fun and variety to your beach holiday while giving you a taste of safari action. Choose colorful combinations of Tsavo East or Tsavo West Parks, Amboseli, and the privately-owned Taita Hills Wildlife Sanctuary. Between these parks, you’ll find all of Africa’s biggest game.

4 & 5 Days Kenya safaris from Diani beach

More time. More choices. In these more in-depth safari packages, you can choose to go to the above parks of Tsavo, Amboseli, and Masai Mara. Adding to the list are the Great Rift Valley high-altitude Lake Naivasha and Lake Nakuru, home to colorful birdlife like pelican, cormorant, and pink flamingoes.

Fly & Drive Kenya safaris from Diani beach

Cover more ground in less time with these fly and drive tours. Choose from two, three, six, or seven-day safaris. Part of your tour will be in a private 4 x 4 Land Cruiser Jeep, but you’ll also see Kenya from the air flying between the coast and the capital of Nairobi. Our seven-day safari features visits to six parks including the Masai Mara, Lakes Naivasha, and Nakuru.

COMBINED KENYA & TANZANIA SAFARIS

4 parks: Masai Mara, Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater & Lake Manyara

 
4 Parks: Amboseli, Lake Manyara, Serengeti & Ngorongoro
 

5 parks: Masai Mara, Lake Victoria/Serengeti/Ngorongoro, & Tarangire 

TANZANIA SAFARI HOLIDAYS FROM /TO ARUSHA

Tree Planting Holiday FAQs

Embark on a unique and environmentally conscious safari adventure with Africa Kenya Safaris by participating in our tree planting holiday experiences. In this FAQ section, discover the enriching details of our commitment to sustainable tourism, including the types of trees planted, the active involvement of our guests, the ecological impact of our initiatives, and how these experiences seamlessly blend with the overall safari adventure. Join us in fostering a greener future while creating lasting memories amidst the stunning landscapes of Kenya and Tanzania.

At Africa Kenya Safaris, our commitment to environmental stewardship is woven into the fabric of our safari experiences. Through our dedicated tree planting initiatives, we aim to contribute to reforestation efforts, combat climate change, and create a positive impact on the ecosystems we explore.

Guest Engagement and Active Participation

Tree planting experiences are a great option for you to add an eco-friendly dimension to your safari holiday. We believe in fostering a sense of environmental responsibility and connection to the regions we visit. During designated optional tree planting activities, guests actively participate, digging into the rich soil of Africa and placing the roots of a new tree. This hands-on experience not only contributes to the local environment but also leaves our guests with a profound connection to the natural world.

Ecological Impact and Legacy Building

The ecological impact of our tree planting endeavours extends beyond the immediate visual transformation of landscapes. It represents a commitment to a sustainable future. As these trees grow, they become a living legacy, providing essential habitats for wildlife, improving soil quality, and contributing to the overall well-being of the ecosystems. Our tree planting on safari activity is a small yet impactful way to leave a positive mark on the places we visit, ensuring they thrive for generations to come.

Africa Kenya Safaris takes pride in our thoughtful selection of tree species for planting during our safaris. We prioritize indigenous trees, species that are native to the specific regions we operate in. This careful selection aligns with our commitment to preserving the natural biodiversity of each area. Indigenous trees are well-adapted to the local climate, soil conditions, and play a crucial role in supporting native flora and fauna.

Adaptation to Local Ecosystems

The trees chosen for planting are specifically adapted to thrive in the diverse ecosystems of Kenya and Tanzania. From acacias on the savannahs to hardwood trees in more forested regions, the selection process considers the unique characteristics of each landscape. This adaptability ensures that the trees have a higher likelihood of survival and successful growth, contributing to the overall ecological health of the area.

Biodiversity Conservation and Ecosystem Services

Beyond their ecological significance, the planted trees offer numerous benefits to the surrounding environment. They provide shade, contribute to soil conservation, and enhance biodiversity by creating habitats for various species. The specific types of trees selected contribute to the preservation of the delicate balance within these ecosystems, reflecting our commitment to sustainable practices and the long-term well-being of the natural world.

Africa Kenya Safaris encourages active guest participation in our tree planting activities, fostering a deeper connection with nature and a sense of environmental stewardship. Our safari itineraries are designed to offer the option of dedicated tree planting sessions, allowing guests to get their hands dirty and contribute directly to conservation efforts. This hands-on experience not only provides a unique and memorable aspect to the safari but also instils a sense of responsibility for the preservation of the natural world.

Guidance from Expert Conservationists

While engaging in tree planting, guests receive guidance from our team of expert conservationists. These professionals share valuable insights into the significance of each tree species, the local ecosystems, and the broader impact of reforestation efforts. This educational component adds depth to the experience, ensuring that guests leave not only with the satisfaction of having planted a tree but also with a greater understanding of the critical role trees play in sustaining the environment.

Contribution to Sustainable Tourism

By actively involving guests in tree planting activities, Africa Kenya Safaris aims to promote sustainable tourism practices. We believe that these experiences empower travellers to become advocates for environmental conservation. This hands-on approach aligns with our commitment to responsible tourism, fostering a positive impact on both the local ecosystems and the mindset of our guests.

Africa Kenya Safaris recognizes the crucial role that trees play in supporting biodiversity and maintaining healthy ecosystems. Our tree planting initiatives contribute directly to environmental conservation by enhancing and restoring natural habitats. By carefully selecting indigenous tree species, we aim to restore areas that may have been affected by deforestation, ensuring a more resilient and diverse ecosystem. This approach aligns with our commitment to promoting the long-term health and balance of the regions we explore during our safaris.

Mitigating Climate Change Impact

Tree planting is a powerful tool in the fight against climate change, and Africa Kenya Safaris actively integrates this practice into our safari experiences. Trees act as carbon sinks, absorbing and storing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. By participating in our tree planting activities, guests make a meaningful contribution to offsetting their carbon footprint associated with travel. This sustainable approach not only helps mitigate the impact of climate change but also fosters a sense of environmental responsibility among our guests.

Community Involvement and Socio-Economic Impact

Beyond its ecological benefits, tree planting on our safaris has a positive impact on local communities. We engage with nearby villages, providing employment opportunities and involving community members in our conservation efforts. This integrated approach ensures that environmental conservation aligns with the socio-economic interests of the local population, fostering a harmonious relationship between communities and the natural environment. Through these practices, we aim to create a ripple effect, inspiring others to adopt sustainable habits and contribute to the broader mission of environmental conservation.

At Africa Kenya Safaris, we offer flexibility in crafting a safari experience that aligns with individual preferences and values. While tree planting is not automatically included in all safari packages, it can be seamlessly integrated as an optional activity for those seeking a more immersive and eco-conscious adventure. This approach allows travellers to customize their itineraries, ensuring that each safari is not only a journey of exploration but also a personal commitment to environmental stewardship.

Tailored Safari Experiences

Our commitment to sustainability extends to providing tailored experiences that cater to the unique interests of our guests. Travelers can express their desire to participate in tree planting when booking their safari, and our expert team will curate an itinerary that includes this optional activity. This personalized approach ensures that guests have the opportunity to engage in meaningful conservation efforts, making their safari not just a vacation but a conscious contribution to the well-being of the planet.

Enhancing the Safari Narrative

By offering tree planting as an optional extra, Africa Kenya Safaris enhances the narrative of each safari. Guests have the chance to actively contribute to the preservation of natural ecosystems, creating lasting memories that go beyond traditional wildlife encounters. Whether it’s for ecological enthusiasts or those looking to make a positive impact, our optional tree planting experiences add a meaningful layer to the safari adventure, fostering a deeper connection between travellers and the environment.

Africa Kenya Safaris believes in providing guests with the freedom to choose and customize their safari experiences, including tree planting activities. Unlike fixed schedules, our approach allows travellers to decide when they want to engage in tree planting, making it a flexible and personalized part of their safari adventure. This adaptability ensures that guests can participate in eco-conscious initiatives based on their preferences and the timing of their safari.

Tailored to Your Safari Itinerary

When opting for our optional tree planting experience, guests have the flexibility to align this activity with their overall safari itinerary. Whether it’s during a specific season or a particular time of the year, travellers can request to include tree planting at a moment that complements their safari plans. This tailored approach allows for a seamless integration of conservation efforts into the broader narrative of the safari, creating a harmonious balance between exploration and environmental responsibility.

A Year-Round Eco-Conscious Safari

The beauty of our approach lies in the year-round availability of tree planting opportunities. Whether you’re exploring the lush landscapes of spring or the golden savannahs of autumn, guests can actively contribute to reforestation efforts at any time. This ensures that Africa Kenya Safaris not only provides unforgettable safari adventures but also fosters a continuous commitment to sustainable travel, making every journey an opportunity to make a positive impact on the planet.

Africa Kenya Safaris takes immense pride in the impactful contributions made through our tree planting initiatives. As a result of these efforts, we’ve successfully cultivated thriving forests across key regions in Kenya and Tanzania. Our commitment to sustainable reforestation aligns with the vision of creating a lasting positive influence on the environment and local communities.

Biodiversity Conservation and Carbon Offsetting

One of the significant impacts of our tree planting initiatives is the preservation of biodiversity and the mitigation of carbon emissions. By strategically planting trees in diverse ecosystems, we actively contribute to the conservation of native species and their habitats. Moreover, the trees planted serve as a powerful tool for carbon offsetting, reinforcing our dedication to environmentally conscious safari experiences.

Empowering Local Communities

Beyond environmental benefits, our tree planting initiatives empower local communities by creating job opportunities and fostering a sense of environmental stewardship. We engage with local residents in the tree planting process, providing them with valuable skills and employment. This community-centric approach ensures that the positive impact of our initiatives extends beyond ecological considerations, enriching the lives of those who call these regions home.

Incorporating a tree planting experience into your safari transforms the journey into a holistic adventure. This optional activity allows travellers to actively contribute to the well-being of the environment they explore. Beyond the excitement of traditional safari activities, the tree planting experience fosters a deep sense of connection and responsibility toward the natural landscapes of Kenya and Tanzania.

Immersive Environmental Education

For those seeking an immersive and educational aspect to their safari, the tree planting experience offers a firsthand lesson in environmental conservation. Accompanied by knowledgeable guides and local experts, participants gain insights into the ecological significance of the selected tree species and the broader impact on the region’s ecosystem. This enriching educational component adds depth to the safari, ensuring that travellers leave not only with incredible memories but also with a heightened awareness of the importance of preserving our planet.

Customized Safari Experiences

Understanding that each traveller has unique preferences, Africa Kenya Safaris offers tree planting as an optional extra, providing the flexibility for guests to tailor their safari experiences. Whether you are a nature enthusiast, a family looking for a hands-on adventure, or a group seeking a meaningful team-building activity, the tree planting experience can be seamlessly integrated into your personalized itinerary. This enhances the overall safari adventure with a lasting and positive impact, contributing to the conservation of East Africa’s natural wonders.

Engaging in tree planting activities is not just a hands-on experience; it’s an educational journey. During guided planting sessions, participants receive in-depth insights into the selected tree species, their ecological importance, and their role in the local environment. Experienced guides, well-versed in the flora of East Africa, share valuable knowledge, fostering a deeper understanding of the delicate balance within the region’s ecosystems.

Environmental Conservation Narratives

Beyond the practical aspects of planting, the tree planting activities serve as a platform for storytelling and education. Travellers learn about the ongoing conservation efforts in Kenya and Tanzania, gaining awareness of the environmental challenges faced by these regions. This narrative-driven approach transforms tree planting from a mere activity into a meaningful exploration of environmental conservation, allowing participants to connect with the broader context of their safari adventure.

Customizable Educational Experiences

Recognizing the diverse interests of our travellers, we offer tree planting as an optional extra, allowing guests to tailor their safari experiences. This customization extends to the educational components as well, ensuring that participants receive information that aligns with their curiosity and preferences. Whether you are a nature enthusiast, a family with young learners, or a group of friends eager to delve into environmental conservation, our educational tree planting activities cater to varied interests, enhancing the overall safari experience.

At Africa Kenya Safaris, we understand that each traveller seeks a unique connection with nature. That’s why we offer the opportunity for guests to customize their tree planting experience by choosing the locations where they plant trees during the safari. This personalized approach ensures that the activity aligns with individual preferences, whether it’s in the scenic landscapes of national parks, near local communities, or within wildlife conservancies.

Seamless Coordination and Expert Guidance

Our dedicated team coordinates with guests to understand their preferences and interests, facilitating a seamless and enjoyable tree planting experience. Whether you envision planting trees against the backdrop of iconic African vistas or in areas with specific conservation needs, our expert guides provide guidance and insights. With their deep knowledge of the local ecosystems, they ensure that the selected locations contribute meaningfully to the overall environmental conservation efforts.

Adding a Personal Touch to Conservation

By allowing guests to choose where they plant trees, we aim to make the experience not just a conservation activity but a personal contribution to the well-being of the environment. This hands-on involvement empowers travellers, leaving a lasting impact on both the landscapes they explore and the communities they encounter. Through this personalized approach, we transform tree planting into a memorable and meaningful component of your safari adventure.

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