10 Days Miji Kenda Cultural Safaris.

"Mijikenda" literally means nine homes or nine homesteads (in Swahili), referring to the common ancestry of the Mijikenda people. The nine Mijikenda sub-tribes are believed to be nine different homes of the same tribe. Each sub-tribe speaks its own dialect of the Mijikenda language.

Among the nine Mijikenda sub-tribes, the Giriama and the Digo are the most well known, most populous, and therefore, most dominant along the Kenyan coast. The other seven sub-tribes are the Chonyi, Duruma, Jibana, Kambe, Kauma, Rabai and Ribe. It's very common for other Kenyan tribes to refer to all Mijikenda people simply as Giriama.

Arrive Panafric Hotel (BB).

Day 1. Upon arrival at the airport you will be received by our representative who will later transfer you to the hotel.

Amboseli N/P Kibo Safari Camp (FB).

Day2. Depart after early breakfast to Amboseli N/P at the foot of Mt. Kilimanjaro; Africa’s highest to enter the park by early afternoon. Large concentrations of wildlife occur here in the dry season, making Amboseli a popular tourist destination.

It is surrounded by 6 communally owned group ranches. Amboseli is famous for its big game, its great scenic beauty - the landscape is dominated by MT Kilimanjaro and cultural immersion among the Maasai. Dinner and overnight at the camp.

Taita Hills Wildlife Sanctuary Salt Lick Lodge (FB).

Day 3. Depart to Taita hills sanctuary is a success story in sustainable conservation where wildlife - including elephant, lion, buffalo and giraffe - thrive. Game drives are tightly controlled to ensure that animals are not harassed and some areas are completely closed to vehicles.

This commitment to responsible ecotourism, which has been so well supported by visitors, ensures that the Sanctuary and all its wildlife will continue to prosper.The communities living in the region are predominately Taita with a few Sagalla, Duruma and the minority Taveta’s.

Taita Hills Wildlife Sanctuary Salt Lick Lodge (FB).

Day 4. After breakfast drive to the beautiful Taita hills for cultural immersion and visits.The Taita are a Bantu-speaking tribe, and like others in that group, are mostly farmers. Cattle are still kept, usually as symbols of wealth and to be used for bride payments. They have great agricultural skills, which include sophisticated irrigation systems throughout their land. The tribe has a small population and closely related to Sagalla people and has also inter-married with the MijiKenda. Return to the lodge late afternoon.

Tsavo East N/P Voi Safari Lodge (FB).

Day5. Depart to Tsavo East N/P with savannah grassland thorny bushes, swampy marshland unique landscape because of the Yatta Plateau formed from the lava that oozed from Ol Doinyo Sabuk Mountain. A variety of animals can be seen: lions, leopard, cheetah, zebras, giraffes, serval, antelopes, kongoni, lesser kudu, oryx, klipspringer, impala, stripped hyena, ostriches, gazelles, buffalos, elephants and many more.

Lugard Falls gush through a small fissure, narrow enough for the foolhardy to leap across, before dropping to Crocodile Point below, where the river changes its name to the Galana

Kinango Shimba Hills Lodge (FB).

Day 6. We leave in the morning after breakfast to visit the Duruma people with a population of about 183,000. Their area is marked roughly by the triangle of Taru, Mazeras and Lunga Lunga on the border. Kinango, the main administrative center is about two hours drive from Mombasa.

Visit the Duruma Kayas, several villages where you will be have cultural immersions including dance, history and their day to day social –economic activities. The modern Duruma may be traced back to about the 17th century, along with other Mijikenda groups, to the southern movement of Bantu-speaking peoples from Somalia.

Duruma identify with the Giriama-Mijikenda developed, notably the establishment of a traditional center called a Kaya. The Kaya is a sacred site in the forest, where special gatherings and rites of passage are held. It is the traditional tribal center for the Mijikenda peoples, unique among northeastern Bantu. Proceed later to Shimba hills via Mwaluganje Elephant Santuary.

Mombasa-Msambweni Travellers beach Resort (FB).

Day 7. Depart early after breakfast to Msambweni region to visit Kaya Kinondo. Kaya Kinondo, the senior most Kaya (home) for the Digo people is in Kwale District of the Coast Province. It is found a few metres from the Indian Ocean beach.

It is located to the Diani beach which is internationally recognized as a tourist destination. Visitors are led through the forest and listens to numerous tales and legend about the characters that lived there, their strength, weakness and unique traits. This is an essential part of the experience deepening one’s sense of the Kaya’s living history and Digo traditions.

Mombasa-Kaloleni Travellers beach Resort (FB).

Day 8 & 9. Depart early after breakfast to Kaloleni region to visit the Kaya Giriama (Fungo), Kaya Jibana, Kaya Kambe, Kaya Ribe and the Rabai Kayas. The Mijikenda Sacred Kaya forests are an outstanding and unique African example of how the collective attitudes and beliefs of a rural society have shaped or sculpted a landscape over time in response to prevailing needs.

They contain the traces of historic fortified settlements of the Mijikenda ancestors which serve as a focus of cultural and ritual activities continuing on the sites today.

In a unique way, the intangible aspects of Mijikenda heritage are supported by physical cultural features of the kayas including paths, gate sites, burial grounds, settlement sites, ritual grounds etc representing the material embodiment of their world view and traditional belief systems.

Prominent on hills and other strategic sites, the kaya forests are a highly aesthetic symbol of the interrelation of man and nature, a rich blend of natural and cultural values.
Afternoons will be spent on the beach and historical/cultural excursions.

Mombasa - Nairobi Departure.

Day 10. After breakfast depending on the time of the flight to Nairobi, you will be transferred to the airport. Upon arrival you will connect to the international flight.

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