Experience the REAL Africa

on one of our low cost grass roots Africa tours

Experience the REAL Africa

on one of our
low cost grass roots Africa tours

African Tours and Safaris

If you’ve ever had “community involvement in a developing country” or “African safari” on your bucket list, but not quite had the courage or know-how to make it happen? Well now may just be that time!   

I’ve spent a lot of time in Africa, particularly in Kenya and now I’m offering three super-affordable, tailored package trips to Kenya and Uganda.  Each of our three tours offer a different experience of Africa.  

A Taste of Africa | Safari & Tour
Nairobi & Southern Kenya

Nairobi and Southern Kenya
19 Day Tour

    Tour bookings open for

June, July, August 2019

   Cost:  $5,000 NZD (share twin)


More of an upmarket tour:  two days of low end glamping; remainder is staying in cottages & houses.

  • Explore the diverse city of Nairobi and surrounds, including visiting our School Tamariki Educational Centre.
  • Visit a baby elephant orphanage.
  • 3 day African safari to Lake Naivasha.
  • 3 day safari into the world famous Masai Mara.  Up close and personal encounters with the world’s finest wildlife in their natural habitat.
  • Game spotting of the “BIG 5”.
  • 3 day excursion to experience Kenya’s beautiful Indian Ocean coast.
  • Back to Nairobi for final day.


Africa – Through the Lens | Exclusive Photography Safari
Kenya & Uganda

Kenya and Uganda
20 Day Tour

Tour bookings open for

March 2019

Cost:  $12,700 NZD (share twin)


A highly specialised 20 day African style photography tour led by our local tour guides, and professional photographer Mark Thompson.

  • 20 days exploring Kenya and Uganda
  • Having photo opportunities in some of the most magnificent locations in the world
  • Exclusive tour limited to FOUR spaces per vehicle on tour
  • Experience up close ‘n personal encounters with wildlife in their own habitat
  • Become immersed in the beauty of Africa’s landscape and natural wonders
  • Professional photographer with advice and support for the entire tour and pre-trip preparations

Gorillas & Game Drives | African Safari

Nairobi, Southern Kenya, Uganda

Kenya and Uganda
17 Day Tour

Tour bookings open for

March, July & Oct 2019

Cost:  $6,300 NZD (share twin)


An authentic 17 day African style camping experience, sleeping in tents, led by our local tour guide.

  • 17 days exploring Kenya and Uganda.
  • Visit the mountains and lake regions in Southern Uganda, including 3 nights at Lake Bunyonyi and day trips to Bwindi.
  • Experience safaris and game drives in search of the “BIG 5”, leopard, rhino, elephant, lion, buffalo, and other amazing wildlife.
  • Back to Nairobi for the last two days to explore the diverse city of Nairobi and surrounds, including visiting our School Tamariki Educational Centre. 


*Note:  Prices stated above exclude flights * visas * insurance * transfers

All our tours / safaris are focused on providing a true and authentic experience of Africa; all tours start and finish in Nairobi, Kenya. ​

Read My Story of How Africa Became Part of My Life

Little did I know that what started as my son’s school project on ‘family origins’ would result in us visiting my newly discovered family in South Africa in 2009. This led me and my family on a completely different life journey, culminating in building a fully functioning primary school in a poor region of Kenya in 2011.

​Inspired by my initial adventure, I decided to do a volunteer stint at an orphanage in Kenya and after witnessing the poverty and squalor first hand, I understood the enormous importance placed on education in this developing country.

“Wouldn’t it be cool if we could build a little school in a big slum for say 50 kids”…was the random comment I made to my husband, Chris when we returned to Kenya the following year.   Incredibly, this became the reality for us.

We then literally ‘stumbled’ head first into building and establishing our very own primary school – in a large slum, opening with not 50 children as planned … but 117. Within 18 months the roll had grown to 380+ children and 12 staff.​

Through my book “I Share My Heart with Africa” I talk about my love for Africa and my beautiful African journey.  And it all began from our small coastal town here in New Zealand.  I share with you our amazing journey; this includes my joys, my immense satisfaction and the overwhelming drive needed to persevere, together with the enormous challenges, battles and frustrations in establishing a project in a slum of Kenya, where communication and culture operate in extremes.  ​

Denise Carnihan
Author and creator of 3 authentic tours of Africa.
So you too can enjoy the African experience ​

Helping Hand African Tours & Safaris – ​Begin an adventure that will change your life

Helping Hand African Tours & Safaris

Telephone: (+64) 27 636 5229

Email: denise@helpinghandafricatours.com

Helping Hand African Tours & Safaris is based in New Zealand

Helping Hand African Tours & Safaris

(+64) 27 636 5229


Helping Hand African Tours & Safaris is based in New Zealand