Kenya Ice Hockey LeagueNAIROBI, KENYA | DEC. 9 - 18, 2019

It is a unique opportunity for hockey enthusiasts and adventurers to support the growth of hockey in Kenya.

You probably didn’t think it was possible to play ice hockey AND see a wild lion on the same day, but that’s exactly what you’ll do if you sign up for the inaugural KIHL.  For our first ever African event, we’re heading to Nairobi for a 3 on 3 tournament hosted by the newly-famous Kenyan national team.  When we’re not on the ice, we’re going to explore the dynamic metropolis of Nairobi, go nature trekking with Masai warriors, and, of course… take a safari!  On this page, you will find a detailed overview of the trip as well as details for how you can get involved.  Hold your place today, spaces are limited!

Highlights

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Ice hockey tournament with the Kenyan National Team

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Site visits to discover Nairobi, Maji Moto and more

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+4 day Safari expedition extension in the Masai Mara game reserve

About the event

The Kenya Ice Hockey League 2019  is a sporting event utilizing a shared passion for hockey as a medium to develop cross-cultural friendships and support the development of a thriving Kenyan hockey scene.

International hockey players and teams will participate in a 3 on 3 tournament hosted by the Kenyan national ice hockey team.  At the end of the week, participants will have the opportunity to introduce the sport of ball hockey to a local primary school, who will be given an equipment donation to ensure they can keep playing until the next KIHL.

  • Ice hockey tournament with the Kenyan National Team
    Fresh off their appearance alongside Sidney Crosby in the world famous Tim Hortons commercial, the Kenyan national hockey team is eager to get more on-ice experience.  With only one team in the country, finding opponents is far from an easy task.  By joining them for some 3 on 3 hockey, not only are we going to have an unforgettable experience, but we’re helping provide invaluable in-game experience!
  • Explore the bustling city of Nairobi
    One of the most multicultural and dynamic cities in Africa, Nairobi has much to offer adventurers.  We’re going to see the wildlife at Nairobi National Park and the Giraffe Sanctuary, dance the night away in the legendary Westlands district, take in the local culture at the Masai Market, and learn about Kenyan and colonial history at the Nairobi National Archives.
  • Experience Masai Culture at the Maji Moto Eco Lodge
    Operated by Masai people from the nearby village of Maji Moto, a stay here will immerse you not only in the intense natural beauty of the Loita Hills, but also in the ancient culture and knowledge of the Masai.
  • Opportunity to travel to the world famous Masai Mara game reserve
    Masai Mara is game reserve contiguous with the Serengeti in Tanzania, and is believed to be the inspiration behind the Lion King movie.  Boasting some of the most diverse wildlife in Africa, visitors to Masai Mara will likely see elephants, hyenas, water buffalo, hippos, lions, giraffes and much more.  If we’re lucky, we might see a leopard or better yet….the hunt!

Partners

The Kenya Ice Hockey League is being organized by Howe International Consulting Group (HICG) and its subsidiary the Howe International Friendship League (HIFL) in conjunction with local organizations.

Who can participate?

If your idea of the perfect vacation is a weekend in Vegas or a trip to an all-inclusive beach resort, the HIFL might not be your best bet.  We’re looking for truly adventurous, curious and open-minded global citizens who are passionate about the world and its people.  Our past participants have included first time adventurists and expert nomads, skilled rookies and seasoned veterans, solo travellers and large groups.  Simply put, if you think it sounds fun and are willing to keep an open mind – get in touch!

This section is for informational purposes only and its content is subject to change.

The Kenya Ice Hockey League 2019 is a 7 day trip combining ice hockey trainings and games with the Kenyan national team with site visits of the most popular tourist attractions of the country. Additionally, an optional 4 day trip (Safari Expedition Extension) to the world famous Masai Mara game reserve is made available to all participants.

TOUR PROGRAM

  • Day 1

    Nairobi, Kenya — Arrival

    First day in Nairobi | Monday

    We will start the trip in Nairobi, meeting up at the hotel to check-in. We will then get to know each other better over a couple of drinks at the spectacular Ol’ Serini Hotel (where you can see wild giraffes). For dinner, we’re heading to one of Africa’s top-rated restaurants – Carnivore – for some all-you-can-eat crocodile and ostrich (and chicken/beef).

    14.30: Meet-up and hotel check-in
    15.30-18.00: Drinks and briefing about the tour at Ol’ Serini
    18.00-20.00: Dinner at Carnivore
    20.00-: Option to return to hotel or head out for a night on the town
    Overnight at hotel in Nairobi

  • Day 2

    Nairobi, Kenya

    Masai Market and first day of hockey | Tuesday

    Buy some souvenirs at the once-weekly Masai Market before heading for lunch at a local Ethiopian restaurant. Learn about conservation efforts at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and the Giraffe Centre. First games with the Kenyan national hockey team.

    08.30: Breakfast in the hotel
    09.00-13.00: Masai Market and Ethiopian lunch
    13.00-17.00: Giraffe Centre, David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
    18.00-21.00: 3 on 3 ice hockey tournament
    21.00-22.00: Dinner at local restaurant
    Overnight at hotel in Nairobi

  • Day 3

    Nairobi, Kenya

    Nairobi National Park and Hockey | Wednesday

    Get an early start to the day to make the most of our day long safari through the Nairobi National Park.
    Visit the Animal Orphanage to interact with the animals and learn about conservation.
    Play 3 on 3 ice hockey with the Kenyan national ice hockey team.

    08.00: Breakfast in the hotel
    09.00-14.00: Nairobi National Park and Animal Orphanage
    14.00-18.00: Nairobi National Archives
    18.00-21.00: 3 on 3 ice hockey tournament
    21.00-22.00: Dinner at local restaurant
    Overnight at hotel in Nairobi

  • Day 4

    Nairobi, Kenya

    Republic Day Celebrations and Ice Hockey | Thursday

    In honour of Jamhuri (Republic) Day, in which Kenyans celebrate their independence from the UK in 1964, day 4 will have a large cultural focus. After attending Jamhuri day celebrations in the morning, we will eat Nyama Choma, Kenya’s most famous dish and discover Kenya’s colonial history at the National Archives.

    07.00: Breakfast in the hotel
    08.00-12.00: Attend Jamhuri (Republic) Day Celebrations
    12.00-13.00: Lunch at Nyama Choma restaurant
    13.00-16.00: Nairobi National Archives
    16.00-18.00: Participant free time Relaxing massage included for Premiums
    18.00-21.00: 3 on 3 ice hockey tournament
    21.00-22.00: Dinner at local restaurant
    Overnight at hotel in Nairobi

  • Day 5

    Nairobi, Kenya

    3 on 3 Tournament Finals and Friendship Banquet | Friday

    A tournament victor will be crowned following an intense final day of playoff hockey. Hold a Friendship Banquet with the Kenyan National Team as you say your final goodbyes. Taste of few of the city’s best beers at the Brew Bistro Microbrewery to finish off the night.

    08.00: Breakfast in the hotel
    09.00-12.00: 3 on 3 ice hockey tournament playoffs and finals
    12.30-14.00: Lunch at local restaurant
    14.00-17.00: Participant free time Ngong Hills picnic included for Premiums
    17.00-20.00: Friendship Banquet with Kenyan ice hockey team
    20.00-22.00: Brew Bistro
    21.00-: Night out in Westlands/option to return to hotel
    Overnight at hotel in Nairobi

  • Day 6

    Maji Moto, Kenya

    Maji Moto and ball hockey training session | Saturday

    Visit a local elementary school in the vibrant district of Kibera, also known as one of the world’s largest slums, and share the game of ball hockey with the pupils. Travel to Maji Moto, a Masai village on the way to Masai Mara to experience local life and discover the ways of the Masai people.

    08.00: Breakfast in the hotel/checkout
    08.30-11.30: Kibera tour and ball hockey training session
    11.30-12.30: Lunch at local restaurant
    12.30-15.30: Drive to Maji Moto
    15.30-18.00: Scenic mountain bike ride
    18.00-19.00: Dinner at local restaurant
    Overnight in Maji Moto

  • Day 7

    Nairobi, Kenya

    Scenic sunrise hike and return to Nairobi | Sunday

    Join your Masai guide for some nature trekking before relaxing in a natural hot springs bath. Extension participants will stay for a second night, while other travellers make the journey back to Nairobi.

    05.30: Breakfast in the hotel/checkout
    05.30-10.00: Wildlife tracking walk with Masai guides
    10.00-12.00: Hot springs bath
    12.00-15.00: Return to Nairobi (extended participants remain for second night)
    End of Trip

+4 DAY SAFARI EXPEDITION EXTENSION
MASAI MARA GAME RESERVE

ANIMAL LOVER BUCKET LIST ADVENTURE

  • Day 7

    Maji Moto, Kenya

    Return from Mount Kenya | Sunday

    12.00-18.00: Participant free time in Maji Moto
    18.00-20.00: Dinner at Maji Moto
    Overnight at Maji Moto

  • Day 8-10

    Masai Mara, Kenya

    Three days in the Masai Mara game reserve on safari | Monday to Wednesday

    Spend three days in the world famous Masai Mara game reserve on safari. Pickup is at 07:30 on Day 8. Participants will return to Nairobi by 16:30 on Day 10, which will mark the end of the trip.

    Hot air balloon safari included for Premiums

    Prices includes:

    • Dedicated photographer (so you can relax and enjoy the animals)
    • Meals as in itinerary and a selection of beer and sodas for in your safari truck
    • All Park entrance fees
    • Accommodation at Ashnil Mara Camp/Base Camp/Fisi Camp on full board
    • 1 liter per person per day bottled water for use during the safari
    • Services of an English speaking experienced driver/guide
    • Transport in a Safari customized 4x4 Land Cruiser (with pop up roof for easier game viewing and photography)
    • All government taxes and levies
    • Safari accessories (First Aid kit, cool box and fire extinguisher)
    • Emergency number 24 hours (all safari vehicles are equipped with RF radio)

This section is for informational purposes only and its content is subject to change.

REGULAR TOUR PROGRAM

December 9-15, 2019
7 days, 6 nights
Nairobi | Maji Moto 

Total cost per person:
1,700 USD | 100$ Early bird discount available


+4 DAY SAFARI EXPEDITION EXTENSION | Animal lovers bucket list adventure to the Masai Mara game reserve

December 15-18, 2019
(Adds 4 days and 3 nights)
Nairobi | Maji Moto | Masai Mara

Total cost per person:
2.500 USD | 100$ Early bird discount available


WHAT’S INCLUDED | Regular Tour Program

Regular tours are inclusive of:

  • Guides and translators
  • 24 hour on-call group transport with driver (excludes extension)
  • Three meals per day as well as snacks periodically
  • 5 star accommodation – basic room based on double occupancy
  • Entrance fees to all excursions
  • Tickets to all tournament games and events for spectators
  • Ice time and referees
  • Water and beer for during/after game
  • Airport shuttles (hotel)

 

Regular tours are not inclusive of:

  • HIFL Jersey ($70 USD, mandatory for first time participants)
  • Kenyan visa
  • Travel insurance (mandatory for all participants)
  • Tips for local guides

PREMIUM TOUR PROGRAM

December 9-15, 2019
7 days, 6 nights
Nairobi | Maji Moto 

Total cost per person:
2,700 USD | 200$ Early bird discount available


+4 DAY SAFARI EXPEDITION EXTENSION | Animal lovers bucket list adventure to the Masai Mara game reserve

December 15-18, 2019
(Adds 4 days and 3 nights)
Nairobi | Maji Moto | Masai Mara

Total cost per person: 
3,800 USD | 200$ Early bird discount available


WHAT’S INCLUDED | Premium Tour Program

In addition to perks mentioned in the Regular Packages, Premium Packages are inclusive of:

  • Airport transfers (private)
  • HIFL jersey
  • Premium single room in Nairobi
  • Relaxing massage package for mid-tournament
  • Private wine and cheese tasting overlooking Nairobi at the scenic Ngong Hills
    (with premium local spirits and beer tasting)
  • Hot Air Balloon Safari
    (+4 day extension only)
  • Exclusive dedicated electronic photo/video album for premium participants
  • Premium travel insurance policy*

*Some conditions regarding age, nationality and physical condition may apply.

 

Premium tours are not inclusive of:

  • Kenyan visa
  • Tips for local guides

 

Safety

The safety and wellbeing of Howe International Friendship League participants is of the utmost concern to us.  We regularly monitor the situation in all host destinations and maintain close contact with local community members.  If we feel that the security situation in a host country has deteriorated to the point that an event cannot continue, the HIFL will provide a full refund of all monies paid.

Our events always have a very friendly, easy-going vibe.  There won’t be much rough stuff.  That being said we recognize that injuries are always a possibility in any athletic sport.  For your wellbeing, trained first aid attendants will be present at all HIFL events.

All participants are required to show proof of sufficient travel insurance prior to embarking on their adventure.

How can we help you?

Please feel free to contact us with any question or concern you might have regarding our events.

Call for equipment donation for the KIHL 2019

Our friends from the Kenyan National Team and the entire hockey community in Kenya are always in need of quality gears as much for adults as for younger players. Hence, please contact us if you have any equipment you’d like to donate and we would be glad to help with the logistics!

Sport has a unique way of forging cross-cultural connections where few previously existed. Join us to bring changing perspectives in the lives of remote communities.

Gordon Israel
Managing Partner, Howe International
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