Culinary Tourism in Kenya



“One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating.”
Luciano Pavarotti

I believe everyone loves good food and that tasting a people’s type of food gives you the true cultural experience.In the recent past Kenya has shown interest in Culinary tourism i.e simply traveling to experience a country’s food and drink.Culinary tourist's suitcase In July this year Kenya launched a culinary tourism extravaganza as a way of attracting more tourists to East Africa for its diverse and unique cuisine.




ZUKU BIDS TO PROMOTE LOCAL COOKERY IN KENYA– A new programme titled Tales from the Bush Larder is expected on Zuku TV showcasing Kenya’s cuisine globally.




Here is a sample of Kenya’s fine cuisine, chapati


Kenyan Cuisine





Nyama Choma and Kachumbari





Our Endangered Relatives

king-kong-2005 Just the other day I  was watching the movie King Kong for the umpteenth time,  and a  friend of mine asked me how many gorillas are in the world and I could not answer him. So later  I went on-line and I found out that they are critically  endangered. Gorillas are our closets relatives among the primates. In fact their DNA is 98% like ours.  “Fascinating 😉 ”

Gorillas are divided into two main species the western and Eastern all of which are found in Africa‘s equatorial forests i.e the region between Uganda and the Congo. The two species are further subdivided into four species .

Among the four subspecies of gorilla is the mountain gorilla, it is the most threatened. The numbers stand at about 600 globally .  of which live in Uganda’s Bwindi National Park.Gorilla and baby

Gorillas live in family groups called troops with 15-45 member. The group is by a dominant male with a grey coating on his back hence the name silver back. Male gorillas may weigh up to 200kgs with the females weighing half that. An adult gorilla stands at 2 meters tall.Gorilla-massacre

Encroachment on their land and hunting for their bush meat are the gorillas biggest threats. Gorillas  are 10 times stronger than a strong adult male, so even if the movie was an exaggeration gorillas are fascinating creatures that need our protection.


Medical Tourism- a neccesity in Kenya??????

There is story in the Nairobi Star of  Hoteliers in Kenya’s Coast reporting a rise cases in cancer cases among the poor and calls for the further development of  Medical tourism.

“I think this is a good idea that would not only benefit the sick but as a way of developing the country’s tourism sector . Lets take a look at medical tourism around the globe and what we could learn from…”

Health tourism

What is health tourism about and where can you get it?

Medical tourism involves one traveling to a foreign country in search of medical services e.g specialized surgeries, transplants etc. Medical tourism/ health tourism also refers to the travels done by a doctor when providing medical services e.g when a doctor from a foreign country comes to treat a specific patient. A lot of countries in the word have embraced this type of tourism and in fact there are medical tourism destinations that are globally recognized for their outstanding services.


Lets take a look at some of the best.


Australia is a destination for affordable cardio, neurological and orthopedic surgeries.


China has emerged as a leader in medical tourism  especially in stem cell and genetic research.


Malaysia is known for its specialized Eye care center and is a medical tourism hub that boasts of being the most visited medical tourism destination by UK patients, attracting 8.5% of all UK medical tourists.

Costa Rica

Costa Rica is widely known for its advancements in dental and cosmetic procedures.  It is one of the best in the Americas.


Known for its low prices on medical procedures i.e liver,heart etc transplants. Critics claiming  that Indian medical practitioners are using stolen body parts.


Israel is not only known for its world-famous therapeutic resort in the Dead Sea but for a variety of medical procedures like organ transplants, eye surgery etc.


Japan is emerging as a leader in the treatment of cancer globally.


Korea, according to Planet Hospital, is known for its treatments. South Korea has earned a reputation for spinal surgeries, cancer screening, treatments, orthopedic work and cosmetic surgeries.


Mexico is  known for convenient and affordable  dental procedures and surgeries like hip replacements.


Singapore is known for its world-class medical facilities that offer cardiovascular treatments etc.  In 1997 (published 2000), the World Health Organization ranked Singapore’s health care system sixth best in the world and the highest ranked system in Asia.


Treatments for medical tourists in Thailand range from cosmetic, organ transplants, cardiac, and orthopaedic treatments to dental and cardiac surgeries. Treatments also include spa, physical and mental therapies. Thailand also offers the controversial sex change surgery.

health tourism globe