No visit to East Africa is complete without exploring the diverse cultures and traditions of the people of this region.
The idea of east African cultural experience (Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda) sometimes makes us cringe. It brings to mind superficial tribal dancing and local people day to day behaving and ways of performing their duties in their home stages and villages.
There are about 42 different tribes in Kenya-each of these with its own unique culture, but majority of them with intertwining cultural practices brought about by the close resemblance in the languages, similar environment and physical proximity of the tribes.
On Kenya cultural safari, you will come across Swahili people living along the coast, pastoral societies on the north and assorted social groups in the central and western region of Kenya. The maasai culture has become the most widely known due to the popularity of maasaimara national reserve which is the most visited wildlife sanctuary in Kenya especially during the annual migration often called “the greatest spectacle on earth”. On our trips , always you be able to appreciate the un-interfered with culture especially of the maasai, the Swahili at the coast, the Rendille, borana, pokot, samburu and their ways of dressing, building houses called Manyattas; various festivals like food festivals, Christmas, idd-ul-fitr and Ramathan.
Experience the charm of the friendly Tanzania people first-hand. There are several cultural heritage sites scattered throughout the country where you can spend from ½ day to week with one of the 120 distinct ethnic groups making up the population. At the sites you will encounter natural beauty, including; rain forests, big waterfalls, magnificent views, lots of wild life, and of- course, the charming Tanzanians themselves. Your cultural tour will directly support the villages desire to become more self-sufficient, preserve their indigenous culture, and aid environmental conservation efforts.
Uganda is not only rich in nature and wildlife, but also has an undiscovered, fascinating cultural heritage. Four major kingdoms and well-established chiefdoms found in Uganda, all with their own different habits and lifestyles.
Our cultural trips to Uganda you will not miss to interact with the indigenous people of the forests in Uganda and Rwanda famously known as the Batwameaning pygmies, these are believed to have lived in the fantastic diversity of flora and fauna of bwindi forest home also to the endangered mountain gorillas.
The batwa lived in harmony with the forest and survived by hunting small game using bows and arrows and gathering plants for both food and medicinal purposes. This tribe is also believed to live in the adjacent forests of Rwanda and Congo.
While it might have been the gorillas that entice our clients to Rwanda, it’s the people of Rwanda who have always kept on us making safaris back. Ancient traditions of honor and hospitality run strongly here, and anybody who takes the time to discover Rwandan culture for them will always find a proud and unique people, happy to welcome you into their lives and introduce you their traditions. Music and dance play an indispensable role in everyday life here, and performances range from dashing demonstrations of bravery and powers to humorous songs.
The genocide memorial In Kigali is included on every city tour and its must see. Rwanda’s painful past has haunted the country for years; however, their impressive recovery story has turned them into an inspiration. The genocide memorial acts as a humbling reminder to those present and honor’s those lost. This is always a worthwhile visit for clients who want to gain insight into the history of genocide in Rwanda; it will also help them appreciate how far Rwanda has come.
Basically all East African countries have got similar basics they share and in common that is to stay all have common language spoken all country wide Kiswahili language. Also some practices such as circumcision of the male in some tribes such as the bagishu in Uganda and that of Kenya who live adjacent to Mount Elgon.