A tour to the north-eastern part of Kenya is a tour into territory hitherto hardly touched by tourism. Infrastructure is often poor, especially concerning roads. Participation in this tour requires some endurance and willingness to accept the unforeseen and the unexpected. If you feel ready we guarantee you the experience of a life time. You will get in touch with people still following their traditions as pastoralists, fishermen or hunters and gatherers. You will witness their problems and conflicts and experience their struggles and strategies for survival in our modern world.
You will drive along the largest desert lake of our world (Lake Turkana), cross a salt desert (Chalbi desert), as well as stone and sand deserts and endless plains, you will climb stony and bumpy passes offering breathtaking views into never-ending valleys and you will rest in lush green oasis. And you will still meet with the famous Kenyan wildlife.
On top you will move through that very same area where 3 million years ago already our ancestors roamed around, namely the “Cradle of Mankind”.
Thus this tour offers you a broader insight into the various facets of Kenya than any other tour.
Where available you will stay in 3- to 4 star lodges otherwise in simple but always clean bandas. No camping!
ROADS AND TRANSPORT
The roads in northern Kenya ask for 4×4 vehicles. We use a Mercedes truck which is well equipped for the rough terrain. You have to be prepared for dust, heat and bumpy roads.
Northern Kenya does have a security problem, which is mainly an internal problem between different ethnic groups and rarely directed towards visitors. So far we have managed to control all risks thanks to our good connections to the local population allowing us to decide whether to travel in convoy or in company of two armed policemen. And we always carry a satellite phone.
If not in lodges our cook will take care of our meals. He will surprise you with his cooking skills even under not very favourable conditions.
Each client will be supplied with 2 liters of water per day which we carry with us and which are included in the price.
Your tour guide is a professional historian specialized in African and Kenyan history. She has traveled to the North since the early 1990s. She speaks English, German, French and Spanish.
A tour to the western part of Kenya is a tour into territory hitherto hardly touched by tourism, the reason being that Kenyan tourism is mainly Game Park oriented and game parks cannot be found in Western Kenya or are not popular with the safari specialists.
During the entire tour you will have many opportunities to interact with local people of all walks of life and with different age groups. TEKWA operates within the framework of eco-tourism whose aims are – among others – to create cultural awareness and respect for the people of the host country and to provide positive experiences for both visitors and hosts.
You will visit traditional religious sites and experience how old traditions can peacefully coexist with recently brought in belief systems, how – thanks to these traditional belief systems – forests are more effectively protected than through modern laws and you will simply have to accept that gender equality has not yet penetrated these traditions when the women are not allowed to enter certain sacred caves!
You will witness exemplary and disastrous protection policies as well as young people ready to make their lives a success.
Besides of all these encounters with the old and the new you will travel through a very varied and rich countryside. Rainforest, rich and more meager farmland, rivers, fishing villages, modern cities, traditional and pre-historic settlements and the huge water, which is Lake Victoria, will charm your eyes.
While Western Kenya has developed excellent road infrastructure in recent years, good middle class hotels are still in demand. While you will stay in 4-star hotels in Kakamega Forest and Kisumu, our other two hotels are of good 3-star quality with a local flavour.
Besides of 4 picnic lunches meals will be offered by the hotel or institutions in which we stay. The picnic lunch will be prepared by a cook who travels with us and will be of help in many other situations.
We will carry water, sodas and beer with us which can be bought from the cook.
ROADS AND TRANSPORT
Western Kenya has greatly improved its road system since the introduction of devolution in 2012. We use comfortable mini-vans as means of transport and guarantee every guest a window seat. While on the first and the last day we cover long distances (6 – 8 hours’ drives), during the other days we only spend between 1 and 4 hours on the road.
Besides of the usual pickpocket thefts, witnessed mainly in bigger cities, Western Kenya is a very safe area.
Your tour guide is a professional historian specialized in African and Kenyan history. She has traveled through Kenya since the 1980s. She speaks English, German, French and Spanish.
CULTURE, HISTORY AND ADVENTURE IN KENYA
We offer tailor-made tours for clients interested in history, anthropology and palaeontology.
All our tours are accompanied by a professional historian specialised in African/Kenyan history.