- Join me on a journey through my neighborhood, Africa’s largest slum
- Be amazed by its entrepreneurial and creative vibe
- Interact with the positive and open minded people
- Visit some unique projects
- Shop and bargain at Toi Market
- Taste and smell the local cuisine and sample Kibera’s favorites
- Duration: 3 hours
- Maximum number of people is 6
If you are looking for an authentic and local experience, I invite you to join me or my partner Lemmy to the place where both grew up, the Kibera slum. You will get a glimpse into what life is really like in Africa’s largest slum!
On the outskirts of Nairobi you will find Kibera, one of Africa’s most ‘developed’ cities. Yes, there is a lot of poverty, but there is also a sense of freedom. It is a place where social and artistic enterprises evolve outside the confines of more formal settlement.
I take you on a three-hour tour through this slum, my home. The tour is entirely flexible. You can skip some parts or stay a bit longer at others. We will visit an art gallery, which is a hub of creative talent where eight self-taught artists use this studio to create visions of their world. Gomba, one of the artists, recycles the debris that litters the alleys, giving them a new life in his work.
Another stop is at the Victorious Youth Group. A group of twenty young people who come together every day to make beautiful jewelry, chop sticks, bottle openers and other items- all made from animal bones.
Kibera Hamlets is another place we will visit. Their goal is to empower youths to realize their full potential. You can go and talk to the children and take a look around the classrooms and computer facilities.
Continuing our journey we pass The Pentagon. This is the official home of entertainment in Kibera. It regularly has live bands playing into the night or is a nice spot for an afternoon beer. If beer is not adventurous enough for you, but all the walking has made you thirsty, then a visit to an authentic changaa bar will suit your needs.
What better way to work up an appetite for lunch than in Toi Market; one of the most colorful and vibrant markets in Nairobi. Whether it’s walking boots, bed covers, dresses, football shirts or food you can find it all at a bargain price. You can easily spend hours happily digging to find hidden gems among the vast selection on offer.
If you wish to taste some typical Kenyan food then we will have lunch at Arusha Restaurant in Karanja. Here you can taste and smell the local cuisine and sample Kibera favorites.
With bad weather or just after rain the terrain it can be difficult to navigate. It is suggested to wear strong shoes and if it has rained they should also be watertight!
- Local guide