East Africa is one of the most culturally rich areas of the world. The people of East Africa are usually classified in 3 main major language groups, and these are known as Bantus, Nilotes and Cushites. These major groups of people are then divided into tribes, sub-tribes, clans and all the way down to families. In East Africa, the Bantu group is the most dominant group in most places, although there are reasonably many groups of Cushites as well as Nilotes.

Our cultural safari will take you to the culturally rich areas of the Kenyan Coast, where we will visit a Giriama village, Swahili village, Duruma Village, who are the main representative of the MijiKenda community. North of Malindi, We will visit the Orma people who are the close kin of the famous Boran and Burji community. Occupying the area between Garissa and Garsen, these handsome people are pastoralists and their distinctive herds of white, long-horned Zebu cattle are among the most remarkable indigenous cattle in Africa.

In central Kenya, we will visit the famous Kikuyu, Embu and Meru people who occupy the area between the two major mountains of Kenya; Mount Kenya and Aberdare Ranges. Further north, we will visit the beautiful and famous Samburu people, Boranas and Turkanas who have also most recently inhabited the area within the world's famous Samburu/Buffalo/Shaba Game Reserves.

In the Rift Valley, we will visit the most famous tribe in Africa, the Maasai people. Most people think that the Maasai only inhabit the area within the world's Famous Maasai Mara Game Reserve. However, they are well distributed mostly within the base of the Rift Valley where there is enough pasture for their valued livestock.

The Maasai respect their rich culture, even though much of their cultural practices are encouraged to be abandoned, usually because of the modern life challenges and national developments. Unfortunately, in some places this has not been possible since they have seriously defended their culture. However, a few of their traditional practices have now been affected by natural human pressure and struggle for a basic life; for example, they never roam free in a large territory like they used to be.

These wonderful, strong and beautiful people for thousands of years lived and co-existed well with the wildlife and they will tell us more about their wildlife encounters, rich culture, sing for us and even share with us some of their well defined survival skills.

North-west of the Rift Valley, we will take you to areas like the shores of Lake Baringo, where we will visit one of the minor tribes of Kenya called Njemps or Ilchamus people, who are the close kin of the Samburu and Maasai. It is believed that there was once a very severe drought and epidemic that wiped most of them and hence forced them to split from the Maasai and Samburu to settle by the lake and the lakes islands. Today they are slightly over 10,000 and have settled down near and in the Lake where they still keep livestock, as well as fishing and partial farming. Here we will enjoy seeing them fishing at the crocodile invested Lake Baringo in their coracle-like rafts. Like the Maasai people co-existing well with wildlife, the Njemps people have co-existed well with the crocodiles of Lake Baringo and the last crocodile to eat a man was in late 1970's. Around this region, we will also visit the Pokot and Tugen people who are the immediate neighbors of the Njemps People.

Over to Western Kenya, where we visit the Suba people, who are known to be hippo hunters, professional fishermen, as well as famous boat (canoe) builders. The Suba people are known to stalk the hippos mostly at night as they graze, plunge a harpoon on these dangerous creatures and kill them. They have settled on the southern shore of Lake Victoria, where they paddle their canoes and cast their nets fishing at Lake Victoria.
Neighboring the Suba are the Luo people who are known for their fishing skills and are the kings and queens of Victoria waters in our region. Formally livestock keepers (even now partial livestock keepers), the Luo people virtually occupy every water mass with fish in Kenya.

North of Kisumu, we visit the Luhya community, who inhabit the area within the famous Kakamega rain forest and the fertile highlands of Kakamega area. Long ago Luhyas were excellent hunters, but now they are agriculturalist mainly growing Millet, Sorghum, Bananas, Sweet potatoes, Cassavas and Sugarcane. They are deeply fond of football and music and it's perhaps their famous 'Isikuti' dance that will make you make a mark on them.

The list of the people we can visit on our Culture Safari goes on and on and you need a minimum of two months to be able to see all our tribal communities. However we have a 2 and a 3 weeks itinerary that visits the common people of Kenya. It is also possible to combine a Cultural safari with other tours, e.g. Wildlife safari in the Mara with a visit to Maasai Villages or bird watching safari to Kakamega Forest with a cultural visit to the Luhya people.