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Kenya Ice Hockey Experience

3 January 2023 @ 1:00 pm - 12 January 2023 @ 8:00 pm

$1,600.00 – $2,600.00
Kenya Ice Hockey Experience

Join the Friendship League in Nairobi, Kenya as meet up with the Kenya Ice Lions for a 3 on 3 ice hockey tournament in the heart of Africa. Local Kenyan players will join every Friendship League team, meaning you’ll have no shortage of opportunities to fully immerse yourself in the local hockey scene! When we’re not at the rink, we’ll be exploring the vast natural and cultural wealth that Kenya has to offer. From the thriving metropolis of Nairobi to the Masai village of Maji Moto, this trip leaves no stones unturned!

*Note: Please note, some items listed in this itinerary may change as we get closer to the event. We still expect to participate in every activity listed in this itinerary, although the order will change slightly to accommodate ice time. An updated itinerary will be provided as soon as possible.

Base Trip

Price: $1800 USD
Dates: Jan 3, 2023 – Jan 9, 2023
Length: 7 days, 6 nights
Locations: Nairobi, Maji Moto

Extension

Price: $800 USD
Dates: Jan 9, 2023 – Jan 12, 2023
Length: 4 days, 3 nights
Locations: Masai Mara

Sport Highlights

  • Participate in a 3 on 3 ice hockey tournament in the heart of Africa hosted by the world-famous Ice Lions
  • Guaranteed round-robin and playoff games to get you your hockey fix
  • Local players placed on every team to ensure total immersion

Activity Highlights

  • Join a Nairobi storytelling tour led by former street children from the Nai Nami NGO
  • Taste all-you-can-eat exotic meats at Carnivore – one of the best restaurants in Africa
  • Learn about wildlife conservation at the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
  • Discover Kenya’s unique history at the Nairobi National Museum
  • Survive warrior training deep in Masai territory
  • Kiss a giraffe (if you want) at the Giraffe Centre

Extension Highlights

  • Spend an extra day/night with the Masai community of Maji Moto
  • Travel deep into Masai Mara – one of the world’s most famous nature parks – for a three day safari
  • Search for the big 5 (Elephants, Lions, Leopard, Rhinoceros, Buffalo) alongside an expert safari guide
  • Stargaze as we sit around the campfire at night, listening for the wildlife that surrounds the camp

*Disclaimer – Our events are generally built around the availability of ice time in the host country. In many countries, we are unable to confirm the exact ice times until a few months before the event due to local booking processes. For this reason, some of the activities may change slightly to accommodate the on ice activities. 

Base Trip

Day 1: Meeting your new friends and Nairobi storytelling tour

Meet up with your fellow Friendship-Leaguers in the hotel lobby around 1pm to kick the tour off with a trip information session. Then, join our local guide for a trip to visit the Nai Nami NGO project. After a Nairobi city storytelling tour led by former street children, head to the world-famous Carnivore restaurant where you will be served an all-you-can-eat selection of exotic meats (veggie options available). Once you’re full, head back to the hotel to rest up for the big day ahead – or head out for a night on the town!

Kenya Ice Hockey Experience

Day 2: First full day in Nairobi and first hockey games

Some of the best souvenirs in Kenya can be found at the Masai Market, which opens daily at a different location around the city. After visiting the many booths at the market, head out for a sampling of Ethiopian cuisine, which is perhaps the most flavorful and unique on the continent. Spend the afternoon learning about wildlife conservation and see orphaned elephants up-close at the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, before trying to feed a giraffe at the participant-favorite Giraffe Centre. After having dinner at a local restaurant, return to the Panari Sky Center for the first games with the Kenya Ice Lions.

Kenya Ice Hockey Experience

Day 3: Nairobi National Park Safari and second day of hockey

Perhaps the most unique aspect of Nairobi is its proximity to wildlife. Nairobi National Park is home to all of the big five animals, and sits just outside of our hotel. In fact, if you bring binoculars, you might even see some animals from your room! Wake up early to catch the morning animals before spending the day on safari with an expert guide. In the afternoon, head back to the hotel for some participant free time before the second day of games start!

Kenya Ice Hockey Experience

Day 4: Kenya cultural exploration and third day of hockey

Start the day by visiting the impressive Nairobi National Museum which hosts exhibits on the nature, culture, history and contemporary art of the country. Walk across the street for a visit to the Nairobi Snake Museum, for a fascinating tour outlining the various species found around Kenya. After lunch, visit the Bomas of Kenya for a guided tour and artistic performance highlighting the various cultural groups that call Kenya home. Head back to the Panari Sky Center for some participant free time before the third day of games with the Ice Lions.

Kenya Ice Hockey Experience

Day 5: Championship games, secret activity and Friendship Banquet

Spend the morning playing out the final games of the tournament to see who will be crowned champion of the second Kenya Ice Hockey Experience event. After the games, head out to a secret location for this events secret activity. A hint – bring clothes that are comfortable to move in and can get a little bit dirty! After the secret activity, enjoy some participant free time before heading to a local restaurant to meet the Ice Lions for the Friendship Banquet.

Kenya Ice Hockey Experience

Days 6 and 7: Exploring Masai culture in Maji Moto

Given that Friendship Banquets tend to last well into the early hours of the morning, take the opportunity to sleep in a little before hopping in safari vans for a journey to the Maji Moto Ecolodge. Along the way, stop at various scenic lookout points – including a stop above the iconic Rift Valley. After arriving in Maji Moto, you’ll be joined by a team of traditional Masai warriors who will spend two days teaching you about one of the world’s most fascinating cultures. Days will be spent on nature walks, learning about animal tracking, enduring Masai warrior training and more! At night, sit around the campfire (that you just learned to start) and hear stories and songs about Masai life directly from the community. In the afternoon on day 7, regular trip participants will make their way back to Nairobi for the trips end, while extension participants will stay in Maji Moto.

Kenya Ice Hockey Experience

Extension

Days 7 -10: Safari time!

After saying goodbye to the main trip participants, spend a second night at the Maji Moto Ecolodge and continue exploring the region with the Masai warrior guides. The next day, wake up extra early to begin a three day safari in the Masai Mara, which is widely recognized as one of the best nature reserves in the world. Days will be spend searching for animals in the company of an expert safari guides, while nights will be spent under the stars at a lodge deep inside the game reserve. If you’re lucky, you might even see the much-anticipated “chase”. In the afternoon on day 10, join your fellow participants on a journey back to Nairobi where the trip will end!

Kenya Ice Hockey Experience

Included:

  • All tournament fees and ice time
  • Local and international guides
  • In-country transportation as listed in the itinerary
  • All accommodation (based on double-occupancy, additional fees may apply for single rooms)
  • All meals during tour
  • Water during/after hockey
  • Tourist activity and entry fees
  • Pre-trip support and guidance
  • An equipment donation made to the Kenya Ice Lions on your behalf

Not Included:

  • Additional drinks and snacks not included in package
  • Tips for local guides
  • Friendship League jersey (for first-timers)
  • Visa fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Transport to and from the tour meeting and end points

Details

Start:
3 January 2023 @ 1:00 pm
End:
12 January 2023 @ 8:00 pm
Cost:
$1,600.00 – $2,600.00
Event Category:

Organizer

The Friendship League
Email:
contact@friendshipleague.org

Venue

Panari Sky Centre
Panari Sky Centre, Mombasa Road
Nairobi, Kenya
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Phone:
+254 734 906379

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