Explore the unseen side of Nairobi through Kibera, Africa's largest slum and home to over 1 million Kenyans, accounting for over 40 tribes and various religions that peacefully co-exist in the 2.5 sq. km. area. Recently visited by President Obama, PM Gordon Brown, and UN Sect General Ban Ki Moon, Kibera is the subject of countless UN programs targeting poverty, health, infrastructure, and education.
We have offered hundreds of safe responsible tours since 2009
We are a responsible tour operator for open-minded travelers and aim to benefit Kibera by hiring knowledgable local staff, supporting development projects, and bringing a stream of demand to local artisans. We have worked with notable hotels, travel agencies, film production crews, media, and university researchers to provide best in class tourism experiences.
Explore Kibera Tours offers walking tours that cover major points of interests: the main commercial artery, open-air markets, the Kenya-Uganda Railway, a home visit, "the cow-bone jewelers," local beadmakers, the Kigulu orphanage, the UN upgrading projects, and several schools and places of worship.We are:
Safe and experienced – Visit with a local. We employ trusted and knowledgable guides who are active in community service. We operate during daytime and within safe public areas. We have had ZERO reports of injuries, harassment, or any complications.
Kibera specialists – We specialize in Kibera tours vs. large external operators with only surface level knowledge of the community. We don’t offer disruptive vehicle tours, and aim to travel in discreet groups of 8 or fewer.
Responsible – We know what’s appropriate. We live and work in Kibera and will provide guidelines around photos, donations, etc. We'll shield you from hawkers and can mediate if you choose to purchase local crafts (we don’t take commissions).
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By touring with EKT, you can support the community through donation of tangible items, purchasing local goods, and volunteer opportunities:
Kigulu Orphanage is one of the many ad-hoc orphanages and schools in Kibera. Run by volunteers, Kigulu provides education and food for all those directly or indirectly affected by HIV/AIDS. EKT donates your school supplies and food to benefit 30+ kids.
Kibera Community Youth Programme is a community- based organization (CBO) run by young people in the Kibera slum. Recent projects promoted by EKT have included a solar lamp training and assembly facility designed to reduce costs spent on charcoal for homeowners. Read more at www.kcyp.net.
Jitolee Women's Group is a collective of local women artisans who design gorgeous bracelets, necklaces, bags and other jewelry. Jitolee also acts as a support group for its single-mother members. Explore Kibera Tours bracelets (pictured left) are available for sale with all proceeds directly benefitting Jitolee Women's Group.