Custom Safaris Gives Back

Custom Safaris is committed to giving back to the local communities our clients travel to. We take pride in the relationships and connections we have with these incredible people. Custom Safaris has developed ongoing projects dedicated to improving the lives of the local people through financial support for education, health care, economic empowerment opportunities for women, food and water. Custom Safaris Trust has helped to build schools and awards annual scholarships to outstanding students for secondary boarding school. Custom Safaris is proud to support The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Orphan’s Project. Every Custom Safari includes authentic cultural interaction and a visit to a school or local community. We can create a unique experience for those who have a special interest and would like to make a difference.



Custom Safaris has helped to build primary schools in the Maasai Mara and Samburu areas of Kenya for children in those communities, as well as providing books, school supplies and lunch throughout the year. Custom Safaris awards annual scholarships to outstanding students for secondary boarding school and university. If you are interested in sponsoring a child or would like to donate books or school supplies, please contact Linda Friedman at


Economic Empowerment Projects

Custom Safaris Trust is dedicated to helping empower women in the Maasai Mara. The women have two main economic empowerment projects – the Maasai Beading Project and the Women’s Chicken Exchange. The Maasai Beading Project provides these women with supplies to create beaded items, such as bracelets and necklaces, and sell them in the local market and to Custom Safaris clients that visit their community. The Women’s Chicken Exchange provides these women with funds to maintain and operate a chicken coop, raise chickens, produce eggs, and sell the eggs at the local market. If you are interested in visiting the village or contributing to these projects please contact Linda Friedman at


David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust was established in 1977 to honor David Leslie William Sheldrick MBE, Naturalist and Warden of Tsavo East National Park. His widow, Dame Daphne achieved success in rearing infant elephants with a special milk formula. The orphans are taken care of by a dedicated team of “keepers”. All the elephant orphans raised by the Trust are gradually rehabilitated back into Tsavo National Park. This transition is made at their own pace and in their own time, but usually takes 8 to 10 years. Custom Safaris Trust supports The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Orphan’s Project.

Lewa Lion Monitoring Project

Lewa Wildlife Conservancy is a not-for-profit organization aimed at protecting threatened species within Lewa, an area in Northern Kenya that holds 12% of Kenya’s black Rhino population, and has become a model for private land wildlife conservation. The Lewa Lion Monitoring Project was developed to try to help research and protect the lion population in Lewa. Custom Safaris has donated tracking collars to LWC to put on their lions to help better serve this wildlife population. If you would like to donate a lion tracking collar please contact Linda Friedman at



Abby & Kaitlyn Ohrnstein, daughters of Customs Safaris Managing Director Kathy Obbish, has started a soccer jersey-recycling program called K.I.C.K. – Kickin’ It for Children in Kenya. K.I.C.K. will donate gently used youth soccer jerseys to various schools and communities in Kenya. The mission of K.I.C.K. is to give children in Kenya the opportunity to use the soccer jerseys to form their own teams and have fun playing soccer. If you have youth soccer jerseys you would like to donate, please contact


Pack For A Purpose

We are proud members of Pack for a Purpose, an initiative that allows travelers like you to make a lasting impact in the community at your travel destination. If you save just a few kilos of space in your suitcase and bring supplies for area schools or medical clinics in need, you’ll make a priceless impact in the lives of our local children and families. Please click here to see what supplies are needed in our region: