Destinations

Uso Africa Safaris provides trips to destinations in which they have identified viable community experiences for clients, local grassroots organizations addressing community issues which can be supported, and lodges/vendors with a socially and/or environmentally responsible ethic. We can arrange trips to the destinations listed, though contact us if you’re interested in a location not listed below. We encourage you to surf the internet to find out more about the cultural and natural resources in the regions below.

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Samburu (Sam-BOO-roo)

The Samburu region in north-central Kenya is an expansive area with a rugged landscape. Until improvements in infrastructure were made during the past 10 years, it was a fairly remote part of the country; much of it remains remote but recent improvements have helped bring new development to the area. The area is home to the five “Samburu specialist” wildlife species that are found only in this part of the world: Reticulated giraffe, Somali ostrich, Grevy’s zebra, gerenuk and the Beisa oryx.
Our roots are deepest in Samburu where we have worked extensively with local schools, women’s villages and the nearby protected areas of Samburu National Reserve and Kalama Conservancy. Traditionally, the Samburu culture is a gerontocracy in which power and influence is relegated to a group of male elders. Today, it is a culture in transition as people realize the valuable contributions of women and young people, as women gain their rights, and the livelihood shifts from one predominantly based on livestock to one in which tourism and services have a role.
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Nakuru (nay-KOO-roo)

The Nakuru region lies in the fertile Rift Valley and is one of the fastest growing regions in East Africa. The region represents a mix of livelihoods in which one individual may make his/her living as an avocado farmer, and his/her neighbor might work as a banker. Located toward the western and south central part of Kenya, Nakuru is home to dozens of tribes and industries, as well as universities, a national park and numerous religious and spiritual places of worship.
As a major metropolitan area, Nakuru hosts numerous organizations working to address various issues, including women’s rights, orphaned children, educational access and more. We provide support to a children’s home and women’s village that work hard to improve their standards of living.
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Masai Mara (mah-SIGH MA-ra)

Masai Mara is world renowned for its wildlife and culture. The area is situated in the Rift Valley in southern Kenya and is a part of the Serengeti ecosystem that hosts an abundance of wildlife that is arguably unmatched anywhere else in the world, including the wildebeest which make their way through Masai Mara National Reserve as part of their well-documented Great Migration of more than one million species each July, and again in October.
In the Mara we have established relationships with Masai villages working hard to improve their standards of living, health clinics working tirelessly on outreach and education, and tourism businesses with a strong ethic on community support.
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Laikipia (lye-keep-PEE-yah)

Laikipia is home to a robust economy of agriculture, ranching and tourism. It is a mosaic of private ranches and conservancies, government-managed protected areas and pastoral community lands used by Masai, Samburu, Turkana, Borana and other tribes. Elephants, zebras, rhinos, giraffe and other species share the landscape with pastoralists and their livestock.
Numerous grassroots organizations are based in Laikipia working to improve education, women’s rights and conservation for wildlife. It is an area with many examples of effective grassroots efforts to create change.
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Lake Victoria

The world’s second largest freshwater lake has a shoreline in the western region of Kenya, and provides a livelihood to thousands of Kenyans in fisheries. There are numerous islands on the lake, some uninhabited and providing a breeding ground for numerous shorebirds. A thriving silver minnow industry provides jobs and subsistence as fisherman haul in their catch during the nights which are dried and salted for eating, or ground up for chicken feed or fertilizer. Small beaches dot the shores throughout the lake. It’s a carefree island lifestyle that can be experienced in many tropical islands; this is the Kenyan version where you’ll meet people that have never left their island but manage to keep up on world affairs, and work hard to insure their children receive an education.
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Kericho (kay-REECH-o)

Kericho is home to two of Kenya’s most renown products: tea and long distance runners. The lush, green and high elevation area has miles and miles of rolling hills of tea leaves which are grown, harvested and processed into green and black tea products exported around the world. Kericho is also home to the hilly region of Iten (elevation 6,900 feet) where many of Kenya’s current and future world class marathoners train. Kericho is a great stopover en route to Masai Mara to tour a tea factory and watch runners whiz by you.
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Kisii (key-SEE)

Kisii is home to Kenya’s soapstone reserves, a soft metamorphic rock that can be carved into plates, statues, vases and more. In Kisii, individual carvers mine soapstone from the area, cut it into manageable pieces and then patiently carve it into a sellable product. Using only basic tools, the precision of their handicraft is impressive. Kisiii is a nice stopover for clients heading to the south (e.g., Masai Mara) or west (Lake Victoria).
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