Cultural tours in Kenya give you up, close and personal experiences with the Maasai, Samburu, Swahili, Turkana, Pokot, El Molo, Rendille and other tribal people. Smart Travel Africa arranges authentic village visits that go beyond mere scripted tours! You actually participate in the traditions and ceremonies of native tribes. Imagine being invited to a real Maasai wedding, into a Swahili family home in Lamu to help prepare a coastal meal and visit with Samburu village women while they show you how to make intricate beaded chokers. Closely related to the Maasai, the Samburu live in northern Kenya around the foothills of the Koitogor-Ololokwe Mountains in the Samburu, Shaba and Buffalo Springs wilderness.
The pastoral setting and semi-nomadic lifestyle provides an untainted wilderness to live side by side with animals. A seaside holiday in eastern Kenya is an opportunity to interact with the Swahili people. The narrow streets in the coastal islands of Lamu are filled with the melodious sounds of traditional Swahili music, known as “taarab.” As you wander the streets, you find many signs of the Swahili culture in the architectural details. Take time to ask vendors in the small markets the story behind their artistic wares, as Swahili people use arts and crafts as a means of self-expression. As natives, Smart Travel Africa can offer many more insights into Kenya’s fascinating cultures and arrange activities to give you an intimate and deep understanding of these and other ancient people.