Kelenya means “unity” in Bambara, a native language of Mali. As returned Peace Corps volunteers, we believe that travelling unifies people despite their differences. Our goal is to help you travel to amazing places that you might not otherwise see, while also giving back to our host countries and communities. We believe in kindness, sustainability, reciprocity, and adventure. We also believe that nothing beats local knowledge.
Kelenya donates 50% of all our profits back to the communities in which we travel. We work with local partners in these communities to ensure that this sustainable source of funding goes to local priorities, which don’t always get funded by big international development initiatives. We also use local guides, equipment, and markets to supply our trips, which helps local economies.
There is no better way to discover new places than traveling with us. We go off the beaten tourist path to connect you with people and places that you won’t find in a guidebook. Our guides are native to their respective countries and regions, and are walking encyclopedias of knowledge. They love adventure as much as you do, and are willing to go the extra mile (sometimes literally!) to make sure you have an incredible experience.
We are committed to environmental sustainability and caring for the amazing ecosystems in which we travel. We are also respectful of local customs, traditions, and livelihoods that utilize natural resources. When we camp, hike, or otherwise enjoy the wilderness, we commit to leaving no trace, and if possible, leaving it better than we found it. We also fund community-based environmental projects.