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An African cultural tour in Kenya gives personal insight into some of the 42 different native tribes, their beliefs and their traditions. Although, most of our cultural experiences are visiting authentic remote villages, the cities and townships of Kenya represent a unique culture of its own.

Each metropolis represents an interesting blend of cultures and ethnic creeds that is reflected in the architecture, food, art, clothing and much more. More importantly, many of the indigenous people in Kenya face great pressure from the modern world. Our cultural tours help raise awareness about their challenges, as well as the vital role they play in Africa.

Additionally, a portion of the fees collected by your safari accommodation in Kenya during your African wilderness safari activities are dedicated to the local communities for education, health and special projects to improve the quality of life. These funds supplement the income the communities receive through employment at camps and lodges in Kenya. We arrange a cultural tour to a local village where you witness an authentic way of life that exists in few places in today’s world. You are welcomed into a traditional home to observe meal preparation, familial structure and ancient practices. The itinerary is culturally-sensitive so that your visit has little to no impact on the village and people.

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Although your cultural tour of Africa may include any of the native peoples, the two most commonly experienced in Kenya are the Maasai and Samburu, the primary tribes in who have kept their traditions intact. Anthropologists and other scientists believe that both tribes share a common ancestry.

The Maasai and Samburu follow a nomadic pastoral lifestyle that is deeply rooted in nature. They do not hunt wildlife for food. Instead, their sustenance historically has included milk and their treasured cattle blood and meat, and sometimes preferred roots and plants. More recently these tribes have turned to agriculture to support their villages.

During your Kenya trip, you will meet members of the Maasai and Samburu tribes in their villages or at many of the accommodations in the country. You see just a hint of their cultures while listening to traditional songs around the campfire and watching demonstrations of their dances. Your village visit may be enhanced with a personal meeting with the elders who gladly share their wisdom.

You may also be invited to participate in a traditional wedding, other rites of passage e.g. warrior ceremonies or watch the village women create the intricate beaded jewelry for which both tribes are known. Other cultures that you may interact with are the Swahilis in their small coastal towns.

The Kenya beach areas are also near many of their ancient settlements and ruins. Another intriguing tribe in Kenya are the Turkana, Rendille and Pokot at lakeside shores of Turkana, home to the Cradle of Mankind, alongside the smallest tribe in Kenya – El Molo, and Blacksands Safaris can take you close to their outlandish traditionsand lifestyle.

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