Year 5 Field Trip to Tsavo National Park

15 May 2012

The Year 5 students from the Aga Khan Academy, Mombasa went to Tsavo National Park, one of Kenya’s beautiful national parks, on a field trip from 20-23 March 2012 as part of their unit on "Responsible Tourism."

The Year 5 students from the Aga Khan Academy, Mombasa went to Tsavo National Park, one of Kenya’s beautiful national parks, on a field trip from 20-23 March 2012.

The trip was organised to complement the Year 5 unit on “Responsible Tourism.” Through this unit of inquiry, the students examined how natural resources can be used sustainably both to promote tourism and care for the environment.

While at Tsavo, the students stayed at Camp Kenya. The basic but comfortable accommodation in bandas provided an environment in which they could appreciate and enjoy the natural surroundings together with their friends.

The students learned about tree conservation and bush survival skills such as shelter making, fire making and archery. They tried out crafts such as basket, bead and rope making. They also made paper using a method that conserves trees by mixing recycled paper with elephant dung, giving it a uniquely African quality.

To mark World Water Day on 22 March, the Camp Kenya staff showed the group various water conservation methods used at the camp, and the students played quiz games to help them appreciate the importance of water.

During the trip, the students had an opportunity to work on farms that provide a sustainable food source for local residents. They also participated in rural women groups that aim at improving the lives of local women. When the students visited the Imani women’s group at Maungu in Taita county, they developed an action plan to raise money to help build bandas (rooms) so the women can hire them out for additional income.

The students also had the opportunity to go on a safari. They were fortunate to spot a variety of wildlife, and seeing the big African cats was a real highlight.