Travel within Kenya can be an eye-opening and rewarding experience! Students are required to attend all courses and internship responsibilities, but weekends can be used to get outside of Nairobi and see a different side to the country:
Past students have used a long weekend to climb Mount Kenya, the second highest mountain in Africa after Kilimanjoro in Tanzania. Mount Kenya is in Mount Kenya National Park, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are eight walking routes up to the peak and back down, covering a wide variety of flora and fauna.
If you put in the time and the effort, becoming friends with Kenyans has its own rewards outside of daily interaction. You might be lucky enough to be invited to a celebration that requires you to participate in local ways outside Nairobi or even in a Nairobi neighborhood you’ve never been to, doing what you could have never imagined prior to making local friends. Past students have found themselves at Somali-Kenyan weddings, celebrating Diwali with Kenyan-Indian population, and going to Maasai initiation ceremonies.
Visiting national parks are a great way to get some time in exploring the nature around you. Past students have used Hells Gate National Park as a regular “getaway”, along with visits to Lake Naivasha to camp after viewing fish eagles swoop down for their dinner from a row boat. There are plenty of places to explore within just a few hours of the capital city!