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“You have probably heard about the Maasai and the big five animals from Kenya this is because they are trademarks for Kenya’s tourism. However Kenya has a lot more to bring on the table in terms of attraction. Here is an over view of this over used attractions. ”
Big Five & the Maasai Culture
Wikipedia defines culture as that which distinguishes life in one group from life in another group; mental content, norms, institutions and physical objects, among other qualities.
” Simply a people’s way of life.”
The most famous culture in Kenya is that of the Maasai and Samburu which is a source of fascination the world over. The two are almost similar but the Samburu claim that they are more Maasai .
“Lets just call both Maasai.”
The Maasai are pastoralists and are known for their love of cattle in fact myths within their community claim that all the cattle once belonged to them. Maasai people occupy 27 villages in the north-eastern part of the country. These villages are further subdivided into 3 clusters i.e. the Talek, Oloolaimutia and Sekenani. These clusters are made up of homesteads called manyattas referring to the traditional structure of their houses. The fascinating thing about them is the way they have been able to stick to their traditions and culture despite influence from globalization and westernization.
Here are a few videos on the Maasai culture
Historically Kenya is known for its beautiful beaches and more so for its wildlife (the big five) i.e buffalo, Lion, Leopard , Giraffe, Rhino.. These big five because back in the colonial times sport hunting was legal and these five were the most difficult to kill. Priced trophies for hunters.
there is more to Kenya than just the big five, wildebeest migration , white sandy beaches in south coast.
” I am not saying these are boring attractions what I mean is, there is so much more to experience in Kenya. ”
The Maasai way of life has become a symbol of Kenya’s culture however this is not the case in Kenya there is a total of 47 ethnic groups with different languages and ways of life.
In Kenya we have the Old town of Lamu which was declared a world heritage site by United Nations Scientific and Cultural Organization UNESCO. The city is preserved in the same condition as it was back in the 7th century. Famous for its narrow streets that cannot accommodate vehicles therefore residents either walk on foot or use donkeys. The city is the only true depiction of authentic Swahili and Islāmic way of life in East Africa. It still has the same Swahili architecture dating a few centuries back.
There is so much to see and do in Lamu from Dhow safaris, Scuba diving, Donkey races etc plus it is home to 3 Museums .
Another example among the 47 ethnic groups in Kenya is the Kamba tribe a Bantu ethnic group residing in the semi-arid Eastern Province of Kenya. Their homeland stretches east from Nairobi towards the Tsavo and northeast to Embu. They are known traditionally for their art work and artistry.
” The other ethnic groups are equally unique and fascinating.”
You can experience how this ethnic groups live at The Bomas of Kenya a company owned by the government whose responsibility is toPreserve, Maintain and Promote the Rich Diverse cultural values of various ethnic groups of Kenya.
These are tailor-made or special interest tours. An example of such a tour in Kenya include is bird watching- Kenya is simple the place to be if you are a birdwatcher because it boasts of having 1,100 species almost 10 percent of the world’s total bird species are found in Kenya. Conferencing, scuba diving, visiting butterfly farms etc. Conferencing is another specialized because many hotels in Kenya now offer conference facilities that meet the required standards globally.
Kenya is known for its dominance in athletics and it is home to marathon Champions ranging from veterans such as Kipchoge Keino to the very recent David Rudisha, Pamela Jelimo, Ezekiel Kemboi etc. Kenya also organizes a lot of sporting events such as Lewa Marathon, 2007 World cross-country Championship in Mombasa etc. All of which offer a unique experience for both domestic and International tourists alike.
This involves the traveling to remote areas of country or even participating in activities that might be considered dangerous by others. Examples of this in Kenya include traveling to wilderness destinations in Northern Kenya, bungee jumping in Sagana.
These are just but a few of Kenya’s most appealing attractions so in your next holiday try out Kenya for a life changing experience.
Enjoy the read.