Thistle Farms & the Isabel Allende Foundation
Kenya: July 23 – 31, 2023
There is a moderate level of physical activity on this trip. For the most satisfying experience, and in fairness to your fellow travelers, please note that this trip requires the following abilities:
- Walk at least one mile without difficulty on uneven surfaces
- Spend extended periods of time on their feet
- Climb sets of stairs without assistance
- Spend time outside in warm, dry weather
- Ride comfortably in a vehicle on bumpy roads for extended periods of time
- Flexible and positive attitude in the case of sudden changes to the itinerary or weather – expect the unexpected!
To participate on this trip, you must be fully vaccinated for Covid-19. For more information on the Covid protocols for this trip, please visit Covid Information.
HEALTH INFORMATION & IMMUNIZATIONS
Prior to travel, Elevate Destinations strongly recommends that you look into recommended immunizations for your time in Kenya. Given that we are not a licensed Health Care provider, we cannot advise travelers on which immunizations they may need. We recommend that all travelers do the following:
- Visit the CDC Health & Safety Guide for Kenya to view recommended vaccines and medicines, travel health notices for the region, and other tips for staying healthy and safe.
- Consult with a travel clinic or your primary care physician regarding immunizations or other precautions you may need to take in order to participate in this journey. You will need to do this well in advance of your trip as some vaccinations require time to take effect, and you may need to allow time between a series of shots.
- Malaria: Please visit a travel doctor to discuss malaria medication and determine what option is best for you.
- Yellow Fever: The yellow fever vaccine is strongly recommended to visit Kenya by the CDC. Here is additional information from the CDC’s website. We recommend visiting a travel doctor to discuss the best health care for you. Please click here for the US Embassy’s yellow fever health alert from August 2022.
- Check that your health insurance covers you in Kenya. If it doesn’t, please consider getting travel insurance that covers your health while traveling.
Your guide will give you current briefings on safety while in-country, but here are some basic ground rules for safety while traveling:
- Keep all valuables in the hotel safe or in a locked suitcase.
- Avoid flashing money. Be mindful of your belongings at all times. Keep bags in front of you in crowds, and on your lap when at restaurants.
- Pay attention: avoid walking around with your smartphone in hand.
- Be vigilant when crossing roads.
- Stick with the group.
- Always make sure that others know of your whereabouts and movements.
- Avoid street protests or large gatherings.
- Do not wear expensive or sentimentally valuable jewelry while traveling.
- Let your guide know if you have any safety concerns.
SMART TRAVELER ENROLLMENT PROGRAM (STEP)
The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) is a free service provided by the U.S. Government to U.S. citizens who are traveling to, or living in, a foreign country. STEP allows you to enter information about your upcoming trip abroad so that the Department of State can better assist you in case of an emergency.