A trip in Kenya is being added to Intrepid Travel’s women-only tours, all led by female guides, bringing the tour operator’s portfolio of women-only tours to seven in time for today’s International Women’s Day.
These tours aim to provide an insight into the lives of women’s in the destinations and to learn about their everyday challenges while hearing stories from different women.
The move follows the launch of Intrepid’s first three Women’s Expeditions last year, on International Women’s Day 2018, in the Middle East. According to the operator, these tours were among the most popular in its 30-year history.
Intrepid’s Kenya exhibition, priced from £2,135, begins and ends in Nairobi, led by Becky, the first female overland truck driver in East Africa.
The tour includes safaris in the Masai Mara, Lake Nakuru and Samburu National Reserve, as well as a visit to Umoja Village; a unique women’s only Manyatta founded in 1990 as a sanctuary for survivors of genital mutilation, sexual assault, and forced marriages.
Guests will also visit the Mau Mau caves and learn how women played a key role in helping the Mau Mau people win the war against colonial rule and enjoy high tea while learning about local and global wildlife conservation heroine, Joy Adamson, of “Born Free“ fame.
Intrepid global product manager Jenny Grey said: “These new tours follow an incredible response to the launch of our first three Women’s Expeditions. The #MeToo era is making its mark on travel; our female travellers want to hear the stories and struggles of women around the globe.
“This year we’ve discovered even more extraordinary stories of female empowerment. These new Expeditions give travellers the chance to hear from people from all walks of life about their personal and collective struggles and triumphs in achieving gender equality. They allow travellers to enter private spaces and foster conversations that would be impossible in mixed gender groups.”
In 2017, Intrepid set a goal of doubling the number of female tour leaders globally by 2020. So far, it has increased the number by 70% and is on track to meet its target next year.