Something needs to be done to stop this madness
At any moment, a big-game hunting corporation could sign a deal which would force up to 48,000 members of Africa‘s famous Maasai tribe from their land to make way for wealthy Middle Eastern kings and princes to hunt lions and leopards. Experts say the Tanzanian President‘s approval of the deal may be imminent, but if we act now, we can stop this sell-off of the Serengeti.
The last time this same corporation pushed the Maasai off their land to make way for rich hunters, people were beaten by the police, their homes were burnt to a cinder and their livestock died of starvation. But when a press controversy followed, Tanzanian President Kikwete reversed course and returned the Maasai to their land. This time, there hasn’t been a big press controversy yet, but we can change that and force Kikwete to stop the deal if we join our…
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Recently Kenya’s government has been keen on promoting home stay visits as an accommodation option for tourists . Minister of tourism Dan Mwazo cited lessons from Malaysia, the worlds best in home stay visits. These home stay visits are meant to economically boost underdeveloped regions of the country.
“What exactly are home stay visits?”
The Merriam Webster Dictionary defines the term home stay as a stay at a residence by a traveler and especially by a visiting foreign student who is hosted by a local family.
This is when a tourists visits a country and instead of living in a hotel he/she decides to stay with a local family for an arranged fee. The integration of the tourist into the lives of the family results in a richer cultural experience for the tourist This is because he/ she is present during cooking of meals, cattle herding, farming among other daily activities of the family. This gives the tourists a more authentic feel of the people’s way of life.
Here is a video of Malaysia’s incredible home stay experience that Kenya can most certainly learn from.
Earlier this year i got the opportunity to visit Kenya’s South Coast and honestly we have some of the best beaches you will see anywhere.
” Yes I know I come from Nairobi City where of course there are no beaches and anything that resembles the Ocean and beach automatically becomes breathtaking. This place is beautiful”
Kenya’s beach safari has a lot to offer to the tourist looking for a unique and unforgettable experience.
” I remember throughout my month-long visit in the coast I visited the beach daily.”
Most of the tourists visiting Kenya from abroad are pensioner looking for to have the trip of a lifetime in their sunset years. On my daily visits to the beach I would see these old visitors ogling and being overly polite and I just assumed they were having a good time.
I began noticing these young men with monstrous physiques and dreadlocks walking next to very old women. Young girls were also doing the same with very old men. The locals told me that these girls and boys offer sex for pay to this pensioners. The saddest part is that this has led to the rise of pedophilia. There have been cases where locals have been caught offering kids to tourists in exchange for money. In the coast province young boys d drop out of school because of the lure of the beach. A lot of them do not even complete basic primary education.
” What are doing to our kids?
“Are we supposed to blame it on poverty, social decay…?”
During low season (March August) when the tourists go back home the young men and women have no source of income, so they turn to prostitution and crime. I think Kenyans as a whole should think very carefully about the negative impacts of tourism.
“The future of our children should be protected at any cost.”
“Hi everyone hope you doing great !”
“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.
South Coast Kenya.
The Indian Ocean