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Bench Gives Kenya Orphans A Thrill

May 14, 2014 Responsible Tourism No Comments Email Email

AFRICAN safari operator Bench International recently gave the children from the Mombasa New Hope Orphanage an opportunity to experience local wildlife in the bush over a two day visit to Satao Camp in Tsavo East National Park in Kenya.

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Bench arranged to have 36 orphaned children between the ages of four and 16 years old and five teachers to visit the camp and have the chance to see a number elephants, lion, cheetah, buffalo, and of course the resident herd of over 100 impala that are so tame they allow humans to be within 10 feet of them.

Bench International chairman, based in Mombasa Kenya, Mike Kirkland said he was delighted to be able to provide this opportunity of viewing local wildlife in their natural habitat to local children,  not only for their education but as an important part of their cultural awareness.

Children said the highlights were when the resident giraffe, ‘Mwakio’ came right into the camp and ate his favourite acacia leaves in front of them and when a herd of over 100 elephants visited the waterhole at the camp.

Hope Orphanage is one of several philanthropic interests Bench International has in Africa.

The long-time Africa wholesaler has for some years also provided support for Rhino Ark in Kenya, the elephant nursery at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Nairobi, the Masai Nursery School near Satao Elerai and the East African Wildlife Society to name a few.

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