Our final tour in Kenya was a visit to a pig farm by Colin, the founder and unsung hero saving the vulnerable Kenyan elderly from poverty. We were overwhelmed and touched by Colins’ deeds and his commitment to help the poor and vulnerable of Kenya. This was more than just a tour fee, it was a life changing donation and an uplifting experience for these elderly women and their communities. Colin’s charity ‘One Horizon’ helps by unlocking the shackles of poverty and eliminating anxiety and fear for marginalised elders living in disadvantaged communities. They do this by raising and selling piglets via a local co-op at guaranteed prices, thus generating cash for their communities. Most interesting is that the biogas (methane) from the back-end of these pigs, produces enough fuels for cooking and heating for a community of 300 people. This is achieved as the pig manure is shovelled into a large tent that produces fermented methane gas which is then piped to the local community. This eliminates the need to illegally chop down trees and pay exorbitant gas prices. We willingly sponsored a methane tent. This tour will change the way you think and the proceeds are directed to uplifting living standards for a community Highly Recommended
Amazing memory of my life
One Horizon has absolutely taken me on the best trip of my life. Everyone was absolutely amazing to me; the service and guidance and story was heart-warming and provided me with so much perspective in life that will always be treasured and valuable to me. I’ve missed Kenya ever since and when I go back there, I will definitely go to One Horizon again. Absolutely recommend and loved every second!
What a fantastic and professional team of dedicated people
I recently travelled to Kenya and had the pleasure of meeting Colin and his dedicated team. I was met at the airport by the lovely Solomon, who gave me the best welcome to Africa. Unfortunately, the tour operator in the UK had not informed One Horizon that I was a wheelchair user. After a bit of a struggle, I managed to get into the vehicle. The following morning Solomon and Colin arrived at the hotel and within less than 24 hours two wooden ramps and a step appeared so that I and my fellow travel companions were able to access the vehicle. The whole team were on hand to assist for the duration of the holiday. And what a holiday, we experienced the real Africa in all its challenges and its resilient people. We went to several projects that One Horizon sponsor and support. What an eye opener. I can't express how much I would recommend that you book with One Horizon, you will have the best experience. I can't wait to return and this time I will book direct with One Horizon. Thank you One Horizon, hope to see you all again soon.
I cannot rate Colin and his team highly enough. They provided a ten day tour for a group of us with disabilities, but overcame hurdles we encountered effortlessly and professionally. They provided total support for the whole holiday experience and ensured everyone had a fantastic time. I would highly recommend them to anyone wanting to go on a tour to Kenya.
Great window into the lives of ordinary Kenyans
We spent three days in Nairobi volunteering with One Horizon, which combines donations with volunteer opportunities. We helped cook lunch in the Kikuyu township each day, twice for groups of children and once for a group of grandmas. Each meal was similar, rice or pasta, fried cabbage, a thin beef and vegetable soup and chapatis. We picked pebbles and dirt out of the rice (it had been dried by the side of the road), chopped vegetables, minced garlic, stirred soup, rolled and fried chapati. I have no illusions about the relative value of our labor vs our donations, but cooking was fun for all of us – it was nice to do something tangible with your hands to help people. And the people were clearly appreciative of the food – even the youngest kids ate gigantic portions and came back for more. It was likely the only meal of the day for some of them. It was also great to get to interact with the people, playing games with the kids and talking to the grandmas. One Horizon has set up a pig farming program for the grandmas, with four or five sows producing litters of piglets every month or so to generate a steady income for their families. When the pigs were being fed the cacophony was deafening! Each plot of land might have 3-5 houses (for grandma and for their children’s families), an outhouse and a pig sty all crammed together. Perhaps some chickens or goats and a small vegetable garden also. The grandmas had heartbreaking stories to tell of poverty, hunger, missed education, teen pregnancies, absent and/or alcoholic fathers, domestic violence, depression, and suicide attempts that cycle through generations. They stumbled across One Horizon as a lifeline for a steady meal for their grandchildren who they are typically raising and supporting as their kids try to make their own way, which relived pressure on the household to only have to feed the adults. But it is the steady income from the pigs that has broken the cycle and given stability to these families who now are able to keep their kids studying through high school and even aspiring for university. We were glad to get a window into the lives of ordinary Kenyans and do a little bit to help improve them
Day of a lifetime
Wow, what a most wonderful day! Being picked up and dropped off at your hotel was a real plus. Solomon and Mary were lovely hosts from One Horizon that took good care of us and prepared us well for the day! The Masai family was lovely and so warm. We enjoyed learning about they live and even making our own beaded bracelets. Bring extra money as you can purchase goods from them at the end of you like, but there is no pressure to do so. My 11 year old was very engaged throughout the day and bonded with the son of the family. I would recommend this experience to anyone with any curiosity of the Masai people. We loved One Horizon!
Absolutely Outstanding Experience
I’ve had the privilege to travel all over the world and have had many different types of experiences. My wife and I are both professionals and we, along with our two children age 13 and 10, joined Colin and the team from One Horizon Africa for a private tour in Nairobi. It was an absolutely fantastic experience. Colin is one of the kindest and most genuine people I have met on my travels. The work he does to help those in need in Kenya is absolutely outstanding. We had the opportunity to interact with several people from his organization and all were fantastic. The highlight was the visit to the Maasai homes. It was very genuine and heartfelt. It was not your typical tourist experience. My children did not want to leave when the time to go had arrived. The One Horizon vehicles were exceptional and we felt 100% safe the entire time. If you have a free day in Nairobi I would absolutely recommend this over the typical recommended activities which include the giraffe center and elephants. While these are entertaining they are nowhere near the level of cultural immersion you’ll get out of the One Horizon team. We absolutely will recommend them to our friends and will visit again when we are back.
This trip is the most empowering and unforgettable day I have ever experienced whilst in Kenya. The woman is so courageous and I am so grateful for them sharing their stories and giving an insight into their lives. Mam is such an inspiring woman, she has changed so many of those woman’s lives. One horizon should be very proud of what they have achieved and the lives they have helped to bring light into such darkness.
WOW what an inspiration to everyone! If you’re in Nairobi you must do this experience- Review: Go Granny Go was an incredible experience for me – to learn about the lives of the grandmas and their struggles through life and how resilient they are was so inspiring. They welcomed you into their homes and spoke about their lives and how the project has helped them to earn money and provide food for their grandchildren as well as themselves. It was so inspiring to listen to and they even taught me how to make chapatis! Anyone who goes to Nairobi must include this experience!
One Horizon has established a great program to help women who’ve endured a great deal get back on their feet to try to break the cycle of poverty for themselves and their families. The stories you’ll hear are compelling and listening to the rationale of the program itself provides a lot of insight into certain parts of Kenyan life. My children enjoyed the chance to make chapati and feed the pigs as well, so the whole trip works on multiple levels.
With a day to spare in Nairobi, I looked for a tour that was not the usual tourist thing but instead offered an opportunity to meet a few local people and do support a worthwhile organization. One Horizon offered exactly that. Booking was simple - confirmation almost instant with clear information on pickup time and place. Carol arrived exactly as planned and drove to/from the farm location for the time spent with the 'grannies' who are supported and learn to farm to support themselves and their grandchildren. The ladies (Beatrice and Eunice) made me feel welcome and shared their stories and chapati making while explaining what the program was about and how it is impacting their lives for the better. The piglet/pigs were fun too. Support an operator who actively works in the community to supply education and earning opportunities for the disadvantaged. When I return, I'd definitely participate again - but for more than a day tour.
Chris and Lindsey Prumers
What an amazing, must do, unique experience!
This was a wonderful experience as you are immersed directly into the real world these people live in. You really get the feel and understanding of the traditions and culture that you never get from a book or TV documentary. My wife as well as I feel this is a must do before you go to Game Camp Safaris etc. You gain the added knowledge and base background needed for properly experiencing all other aspects of Africa. The Masi especially! Most importantly is the help One Horizon is giving to make life better for so many people! Colin is a man with a heart for these people and is a true blessing for them. You will feel that when you meet the Masi. They are a happy, hard working, positive group!
10 stars! If I could give it more stars, I would. This was one of the best experiences of my life. I highly recommend this tour. Do not miss it. It’s a must see if you’re in Nairobi!
My husband and I couldn't have had a better time during our visit. The women we met were very empowering and inspirational. It was so neat getting to hear their story of how they got to where they are now. From building their own homes to making jewellery and other accessories they truly are strong women! Getting to see where they live and what they do was very humbling, and we were so gracious they opened up their day to spend with us and allow us in their home.
Better than I could have imagined. This experience will stick with me the rest of my life. I had no idea giving 1 pig could be so important. I met Mary, Rosemary, Helen and Eunice I sipped tea while one of them told me their story. I cried, we laughed, they cooked. Amazing how something as small as a pig can be the turning point in someone's life. Our guides were beyond expectation. Highly professional, informative and good people. Because of them I will look into more One Horizon programs. I've fallen in love with Kenya.
Our One Horizon experience was a highlight of our trip (to Kenya)… The work they are doing there is inspiring. Meeting the grandmothers, cooking our lunch with them, singing and dancing and making new friends has given us memories we will cherish forever. Shopping for the piglets was great fun too. We will all definitely be recommending this tour to any of our clients who will be traveling to Kenya. Thank you to all of you for making our tour so special.
This is an amazing cultural experience. The organization ONE HORIZON has a very worthwhile effort to give Kenyan grandmas a chance to learn a skill that should allow them the opportunity at supporting, feeding and educating their grandchildren. They are happy learning business skills and proud to share their life stories.
So i decided to experience Africa first hand... with the Masai tribe. It was one of my best days in Nairobi!!!! So similar yet continents apart. Hence my brothers and sisters an ocean or two away. We always think we are going through a hard time in life... what we thought we are experiencing is not even a portion of their daily struggle. And yet those beautiful smile still shines through them, it just made my day amazing! I was told about a partnership with One Horizon. It is indeed a good way to help the community. Aside from that I have Solomon as my guide and translator. He is amazing! And full of passion. Explaining to me how things and the trip will work. So, I don't have funny surprises after that. It is actually a good way to learn another culture. Water and snacks provided is also a way to go!! Thanks so much for the fun day.
For any company or individual wishing to experience an amazing organisation – I can’t commend One Horizon highly enough. The staff are dedicated, dynamic and sincere in all their efforts to make a difference in the lives of so many affected women and children. We were incredibly humbled but equally energised by this once in a lifetime experience. We left Australia as a group of employees working for the same, large company, not knowing each other and left Kenya a week later as lifelong friends with a new, and for some, a refreshed perspective on life. One Horizon looked after all the arrangements perfectly and each day was filled with a sense of adventure and purpose and each day ended with immense satisfaction and emotion, not to mention sheer joy. We all left a piece of our hearts in Kenya and certainly with the staff, partners, and women & children at all the Centres that we visited. The work One Horizon is doing on the ground is remarkable but more importantly – it is life changing, sustainable and will have long lasting results. Not only for the recipients but for our team too!