WasteAid has created a Virtual Safari into the Kenyan wilderness, an immersive experience with science, culture, art, cookery and lots of wildlife to help lift spirits, and to raise money for waste collectors in low-income countries.
- Virtual safari around lake Naivasha, Kenya at safari.wasteaid.org
- An immersive experience with science, culture, art, cookery and lots of wildlife
- Fundraising to support waste collectors during the coronavirus outbreak
With so much time at home, the Virtual Safari offers a change of scenery and a fun and educational experience, while helping protect people and wildlife in poorer parts of the world.
The safari route is around Lake Naivasha in Kenya, where WasteAid is working with local partners to improve waste collection and recycling.
The virtual safari opens its gates on Earth Day (22 April) and stays open until World Environment Day (5 June).
It offers a brand new way to enjoy an adventure at home, and to take part in a collective activity to make a positive impact.
Zoë Lenkiewicz, Head of Programmes and Engagement at WasteAid, said: “We wanted to create something for people to escape into and enjoy, while raising money for our urgent appeal Waste Collectors Rock!
The communities around Lake Naivasha, especially those working with waste, are in poverty and vulnerable to disease – yet at the same time they are surrounded by all this incredible wildlife. We thought it would be fun to support waste collectors in places like this, by sharing the beauty and wonder of the environment they work so hard to protect.”
Safari Challenge Stations
The safari will take the virtual explorers to the Lion King territory of southern Kenya, home to wide open landscapes and fantastically diverse wildlife. Along the way are ten challenge stations, with fun tasks – from baking a lion-cake to building the fiercest volcano, or recreating the wildest safari scenes, learning about Kenyan wildlife, Maasai culture, prehistoric discoveries and more.
All home-based activities, the challenges will help virtual explorers get imaginative with basic ingredients and creative upcycling.
Join family members online and spend a night in a make-believe camp under the African stars!
Dave Leeke, IT Manager at WasteAid said: “The virtual safari is an interactive and immersive experience, so you can track yourself in real-time as you make your way around the lake.
Once you’re registered at safari.wasteaid.org, you can log your exercise and follow your progress using Google maps and Streetview. Share your challenge photos and videos on social media using #VirtualSafari, and invite other family members to join in from home.”