9 Days Bantus Cultural Safari.

The Bantu are Negroid people who speak languages traced to have come from a same parent stock. This tour involves calling at a tribal village in a remote rural setting, entering a traditional homestead or kraal, walking across farms, fields and settlements, visiting local historical sites, visiting community development projects and even dining with local families.

Arrive -Nairobi Heron Hotel (BB)

Day 1. Arrive this morning or in the evening in the city of Nairobi and transfer to the Hotel. Overnight at the Hotel.

Taita Hills Wildlife Sanctuary Taita Hills Lodge (FB)

Day 2. 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.

Taita Hills Wildlife Sanctuary Taita Hills Lodge (FB)

Day 3. 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. Return to the lodge late afternoon.

Nzambani Rock-Kitui Syomasango Hotel (FB)

Day 4. Depart to Kitui a town situated on the eastern edge of arid region of Kenya. Driving via Kibwezi past scenic landscape and snaking Athi River on its way to the Indian ocean. Arrive in time for lunch check in later proceed for a traditional Akamba cuisine lunch at Riverside Hotel. Participate in cultural activities with these friendly people at Kitui Cultural Center. Visit to Nzambani Rock- a traditional sacred rock that was used as base for holy sacrifices by the Akamba people and with a very rich mythical history. Local myth says that when a Man goes round that Rock for seven rounds, they automatically turn into a Woman.(Not proven) Later drive to Syomasango Hotel for dinner and overnight

Machakos – Wamunyu- Katangi Garden Hotel (FB)

Day 5. Depart Machakos after breakfast with packed lunch and drive to Wamunyu, the origin of Akamba woodcarving to see how woodcarving started in this part of Kenya. Learn some woodcarving skills and participate in Akamba traditional chores. Later drive to Katangi to see a workshop for Women Kiondo weaving and embroidery. Picnic lunch. After this participative and busy day drive to a sacred place where nature has defied science. You see how contradicting when water is poured downhill and climbs uphill causing an unbelievable scene. Later return to the Hotel for dinner and overnight.

Embu & Mbeere Masinga Dam Lodge (FB)

Day 6. Depart to Embu after breakfast driving past scenic landscape to arrive at Masinga dam lodge in time for lunch. Afternoon excursions and games drives Mwea game reserve the ecosystem’s main features are the meeting point of rivers Tana and Thiba, Kaburu and Masinga hydro-electric dams, which harbour variety of biodiversity. The agricultural Embu and Mbeere are one of the few Kenyan peoples whose oral traditions seem to locate their origins within Kenya, in fact very close to their present location to the southeast of Kirinyaga (Mount Kenya). Tradition also speaks of a time when they were hunter-gatherers and used to live in "caves", meaning rock shelters or hollow trees in forests, much as the indigenous Kenyan groups of hunter-gathers.

Thiiri - Meru Museum – Njuri Ncheke Thiiri Cultural Centre (FB)

Day 7. Early breakfast then drive to Meru. This day you will tour the Thiiri Music and Cultural Centre as well as a local school to enlighten yourself on the Meru culture. Afterwards proceed to Njuri Ncheke house which is about thirteen kilometers north of Meru town.

Njuuri Ncheke is the traditional high court for the area. The Meru Council of elders use the house as the venue for settling disputes arising within Meru communities which could not be resolved by the smaller traditional councils(njuuri). The aspects of the cultural and diverse history of the Meru people are well illustrated by the numerous displays.

Two rather unusual amenities of the Meru museum are a garden of indigenous medicinal shrubs and herbs together with a theatre. A compound of traditional huts has been constructed on the grounds, which are included in tours of the museum. An outdoor platform for dancing and musical programs is also there. Later in the afternoon return to Thiiri Cultural Centre for a musical cultural experience and overnight.

Kikuyu Riuki Cultural Centre Heron Court Hotel (FB)

Day 8. This day after your breakfast you will begin your cultural journey to the Northern parts of the country. You will visit the Riuki Cultural Centre that is located in the Kikuyu Heartland of Kiambu. On arrival at the gate you will be welcomed to the centre by a group of elders, all of whom live in the local area, guests and a welcome drink from a horn filled with Muratina, a locally brewed drink.

You will then tour the traditionally built huts with an explanation of how the traditional society operated. Kikuyu weddings and initiations ceremonies. Also simple love and courting songs, traditional hunting songs and chants used when going to work in the fields.

You then have a chance to sample a typical Kikuyu meal- delicious healthy food including sweet potatoes, Githeri (a maize and bean stew), Mukimo (a mashed combination of green peas and potato) with roasted goat and Irio, a great Kikuyu favourite. After this you will drive to Nairobi for overnight.

Nairobi Departure

Day 9. Depart to Nairobi after morning game drives. Arrive Nairobi in time for lunch, afternoon optional shopping and city tours.

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