GBM Blog

Promoting conservation through the Green Belt Safari experience

July 21, 2017 - 11:50AM
Published by Communications

Over the years, a lot has been written about the work of Professor Maathai and the Green Belt Movement (GBM) but what better way to learn more than experiencing this work first-hand with the communities in rural Kenya where life is as idyllic as you could imagine.

In light of the African proverb ‘it takes a village to raise a child’, we believe that likewise it requires a community of likeminded and empowered individuals to tell the Green Belt Movement story that spans four decades and is deeply entrenched in the heart of rural Kenya. With over 4,500 Green Belt Movement community groups across the country, Green Belt Safaris (GBS) offers the ultimate community-based tour and a wealth of experience from empowered men and women.   

Through GBS, the Green Belt Movement offers an intercultural journey to our guests by engaging them in conservation, ecotourism and community experiences all while generating an income for the communities involved and supporting the work of the Organization.

Our latest Green Belt Safari saw Heather Mackenny and her family from the United States delve into GBM’s work through one of our community groups in Kahuho village, Nakuru County.

The family’s itinerary was tailored in line with their daughters request to visit some of the schools that GBM works with in the region namely Kamara Primary and Mau Summit Primary School in Kuresoi.

It was a moment of pure delight that brought the village to a standstill when the women broke into song and dance as they welcomed the guests to one of their homesteads. The air was rife with merry and ululation in true African hospitality style, drawing curious onlookers who couldn’t help but break a leg as well.

The day was crowned with an array of traditional African delicacies served around a bonfire where the guests and community members had a chance to interact before retiring to an overnight homestay in the host family’s house.

Green Belt Safaris offers travelers a truly invaluable opportunity to learn about day-to-day life in rural Kenya and the work of one of the most prominent grassroots Organizations in the world and to contribute to the development and sustainability of both.

You too could be part of this once in a lifetime experience. Learn more about GBS here.