Voluntourism

Voluntourism

A combination of volunteering and tourism, the Ndikyo ‘Travel with Heart’ tour is an integral part of the Ndikyo Farm and Housing project for the Mt. Elgon Landslide victims. It is travel with a purpose,that allows you to combine your love of travel with the desire to make a difference, to become part of something big. It is an adventure in giving friendship and love that will last a life time.

Ideal for Church Groups, Student Study trips, Missions, Corporate group travel or just Family and friends tours of 10 people, the 2 week group tour is a means in itself of financing the cost of farming inputs and a house for 1 family of 6-8 members.
This is because the ground operating partner, Ndikyo Safaris and Lodges, will give 60% of the profits derived from the groups’ transport, accommodation in the Ndikyo eco lodge and safari trip fees to raising $5,500 for a family. $500 will go towards the Seeds and inputs for farming, as well as planting trees, while the $5,000 will go to building a 50sqm low cost ecoshell home for the family. The family and a local labour team will be on ground to build the house, but you are welcome to participate in the building of the ecoshell, so you can feel the exhilaration of knowing that your trip and time changed the life of a family, as you usher them into their new home

A few good workers can build an EcoShell in three to five days. For a 6-meter dome, you need: 50 bags of cement, 2500’ roll of basalt reinforcing or fiberglass, about 5 cubic meters of small size concrete aggregate, an Airform that can be used hundreds of times, a small inflator fan and a few workers primarily with hand tools.

It’s Not All Work

The Bududa Resettlement Village in Kiryandongo is just a 2 hour drive from Murchision Falls National park, and included within the ‘Travel with Heart’ tour after a weeklong at the resettlement site.

Murchison Falls National Park
Voluntourism

One of the best game parks to visit while in Uganda. The park is located in the Murchison Conservation Area where we also find the Bugungu and Karuma wildlife reserves.

The park is endowed with several attractions including over 76 mammal species with four members of the big five, the lion, the leopards, the elephants, and the Buffaloes. Other species include bushbucks, Uganda kob, waterbucks and warthogs, giraffes, Jackson’s hartebeest, hyenas etc. Along the shores of the nile and within the waters you will see lots of hippos and crocodiles among other resident creatures. There also several primates in the Murchison falls national park including babaoons and several monkey species.

The Murchison falls, Uganda’s largest national park is also home to over 450 recorded birds species including the rare shoebill stork. The park is also home to 23 Albertine rift endemics given its location in the western arm of the east African rift valley. Our Murchison falls birding safaris allow you see many of these bird species with the help of our expert guides.

Voluntourism

The highlight of your tour in Murchison falls National Park is visiting the "Murchison Falls" a point along the Nile, within the park where River Nile forces its way through a narrow gorge 8 meters wide. The launch trip up stream is very interesting and offers magnificent views of the falls and several wildlife species found along the shores including Buffaloes, Hippos, Crocodiles, waterbucks and birds

Available Murchision Falls Activities
  • Game drives
  • Launch trips on River Nile
  • Hiking & Nature walks
  • Bird watching Safaris
  • Hot Air balloon safaris
  • Cultural encounters

The trip will also include 2 days in Mbale town via Lira, where you will visit Ndikyo Ngoma Youth Village and Sipi Falls, enroute to Jinja and Bujagali, source of the Nile for a day of adventure that includes Water rafting, bungee jumping, or just simply relaxing at the source of the River Nile, before heading to the Airport, or extra activities for those interested in staying longer.

Booking & Enquiries: The Travel with Heart Tour will start in August 2018 after the start of construction. Please send an equiry for more information and reservations to info@ndikyo.com

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need construction experience and how much will we work?

You don’t need any special skills or training. We hire local skilled labourers who will give training onsite for construction and team leaders. You will work at your own pace five days a week from about 8 AM to 4 PM.
Your evenings and weekends are free for cultural activities and relaxing.

What are meals and accommodations like?

The team will stay at a Ndikyo Ecolodge that will be comfortable and clean. The food will be prepared hygienically and dishes range from local to standard Western fare.

What are meals and accommodations like?

The team will stay at a Ndikyo Ecolodge that will be comfortable and clean. The food will be prepared hygienically and dishes range from local to standard Western fare.

How much does it cost?

The program cost is about $2,300 and will be finalized closer to the departure date. This includes accommodations, meals, in-country transport, program costs. It does not include airfare.
The entire program and flight costs are 100% tax deductible when paid through Steelheart International Foundation.

Why should i volunteer?

Volunteer trips take you to places you otherwise might never go, to do things you otherwise might never do and to meet people you might never otherwise meet. brYou’ll make a difference in others’ lives and they will make a difference in yours. Simply put, there is joy and self-discovery that comes with giving to others. And you’ll have fun doing it too.