Forest Challenge is a conservation event that allows teams to take part in competitive but fun activities in a forest, while raising awareness on forests and rehabilitating water towers as well as critical forest sites.
Kenya’s forests are rapidly declining, with 0.3% deforestation taking place each year due to pressure from increased population, fuel wood, building material and other land uses. The Forest Challenge seeks to reverse this trend by increasing awareness on forest conservation in fun way while helping to protect and manage degraded forests and water towers.
The event features diverse encounters for the participants with varying levels of difficulty. Some of the activities include: Balloon Reach; Slippery Hill; Dark Tunnel; Mud Crawl; Spider Web; Name Search; Ditch Walk;
Proceeds are utilized in the protection and management of activities in degraded forests as well as water towers of Kenya being implemented by organized groups such as Community Forest Associations (CFAs) and Water Resource Users Associations (WRUAs). Furthermore, these monies are used to assist communities and schools adjacent to forests on various ways like provision of water facilities.
The event is an annual event held every year in the month of December at Kereita Forest accessed from Kimende town along the Nairobi – Nakuru Highway. Immediately before the Total Kimende you shall see a turning/exit road to Kereita labeled “The Forest.” From Nairobi it is approximately 55km to Kimende and will take you an estimated 45 minutes to drive to the venue.
The Forest Challenge is a one day event that we expect to start at 8.00am to 5.00pm
Once you register on the website (www.forestchallenge.com) someone will contact you and guide you. There are various ways on how you can pay the participation fee; by writing a cheque in favour of The East African Wild Life Society or MPESA paybill No. 502300 Acc. No. Forest Challenge or you can graciously donate towards the event still on the same procedure of either a cheque or MPESA.
After you’ve paid your entrance fee please remember also to carry your identification document (ID or passport), have comfortable wear (tshirt, shorts, and track suits) and running shoes that you don’t mind getting muddy, carry change of clothes and shoes and some extra cash for snacks and drinks.
On the event day, the organizers will provide you with water, will have marshals/stewards on location ready to help, paramedics to respond to any emergencies and security to ensure that everyone is safe.
You won’t go home looking and smelling muddy. We have engaged the services of the relevant providers to set up shower points for both ladies and gents at separate spots.
In the event you misplace your luggage, don’t worry for we shall have a clearly marked left luggage center and the stewards will be on location to help. All left luggage must be collected by 4.30pm. After this time any remaining left luggage will be collected from EAWLS offices on Riara road.
Anyone is free to choose from their desired mode of transport. We will have buses at the pick-up point in town, Kencom House but those wishing to drive to the venue will be directed by traffic marshals on the places where they can park. We request that we be considerate when parking. We encourage the drivers not to obstruct the normal flow of traffic and others. The organizer will take high measures to ensure the safety of all cars, however, they shall not be liable to any damage or loss.
Sometimes it is not easy to predict exactly how the weather for the day shall be but being a forest area it can get very cold. With this in mind please pack warm clothing just in case it gets really cold.
The organizers will provide every registered participant with a snack meal. However, should one feel it is not to their satisfaction they can buy more food from the contracted vendors who will be on location.
Due to the nature of challenges, participants ages 13 and above will be required to sign indemnity forms before taking part. However, children are open to attend as spectators for their will be a children corner with the relevant activities.