Tembea Kenya: Experience local adventure at the South Coast
SEE ALSO :Top hotel brands scramble for NairobiYoung people are the future of tourism; I do not know how I can emphasize that point further. Shimba Hills Forest Guides Association (Shifoga) is an example of what young people coming together can bring forth. A community group that is aimed at ensuring that the Shimba hills remains intact and the members of the community are able to co-exist with the animals in order to avoid conflict. When we got to the Lola Rako model village, I felt like I had walked into a scene of a Nigerian movie when the mother-in-law is going to visit the witchdoctor. Only this time I was walking into a model Kaya in Kwale and the Kaya elder was there with incense. He looked like he was in his element. In African culture, I noted that most of the tribes were patriarchal. Would have I loved being in that era? I highly doubt. Immersing yourself in culture is also part of the thrill while travelling. It was something beautiful thing to experience and I believe that we cannot forget our history in the pretext that we are moving forward. Learning about where we come from helps one to appreciate how far we have come. Our guide was hilarious and that made it easier for me to keep up with what he was saying. He was well informed and that was refreshing because sometimes uncle Google does not have all the answers. “Why aren’t women an integral part of the Kaya?”
SEE ALSO :Top hotel brand scramble for Nairobi“Because of bla-bla,” he said. I could not help but laugh. According to him, that meant women could not keep secrets and what happened in the Kaya was to be handled with discretion something that women did not have apparently. The highlight of my tour at Lola Rako was learning how to use the maize grinder to make flour. The song strength of woman was at the back of mind. It looked easy but the moment you started working on it required a lot of strength from me. Chores and music went hand in hand amongst the Mijikenda and I believe that this rings true amongst other tribes in Kenya. I immediately thought of how I needed a playlist for all my chores. I put my dancing shoes more than once during this trip and it was incredible to let loose with people I might never meet again. When was the last time you took a bike ride even in the comfort of your own home? Just dust it out and peddle even if it is just a short distance. We went to Diani Bikes something that almost everyone was shocked to realize was there even though they have to Diani multiple times.
SEE ALSO :Five fun things to do in NaivashaI learnt that demographics are changing even in the aspect of food. Food is an experience in itself while travelling. Hotels are now incorporating local meals just to provide options for their different guests. Tastes vary but we all would like to try something new even if you would never try that again at home. Of course, the vibrant nightlife is part of the thrill. I was too tired to stay the whole night but I got to sample it and I would recommend that you try it out. To make the most of your stay here I would suggest at least two nights because you might find an activity that I might overlooked. The beauty is that we now know that there are travel options whether you are going via train, airplane or road they each have their niche. There is freedom of choice when it comes to accommodation now; you are not limited to a hotel. The buffet experience gets old very quickly and furnished apartments give a different taste and you are given the option of hiring a chef if you would rather not cook for yourself. I would never rule out the beach experience. Even with the scotching heat and fatigue, I still made time to walk to the beach and just hear what it had to say. The beach is always calling and it always will be, it would be remise if I did not answer the call. Promise me one thing that when you decide travel anywhere in the world that you will be more present and observant to what is around you.