Terra Madre Tours & Travel
Terra Madre Tours and Travels is a tour agency whose mission is to provide our clients with an honest, local experience; promoting cultural and environmental immersion through close links with neighborhood suppliers. We consider it our duty to work closely with suppliers, clients and the community at large promoting sustainability through education and preservation of cultural and natural resources in our destinations.
Kenya has no one culture that identifies it. With such diverse regional peoples such as the Swahili along the coast, several pastoralist communities mainly in the North and the different communities in Central and Western regions, having a mutually acceptable cultural identification is difficult.
The idea behind cultural tourism in Kenya is to give tourists and local communities an opportunity to interact, with particular emphasis on giving the tourists brief but valuable insights into life-styles of some of Kenya ‘s fascinating people, without too much negative impact.
And at the same time to provide the communities themselves with a share of the monetary and material benefits that tourism brings.
When properly conducted and managed it allows local people such as the Masai, Kikuyu, Samburu, Turkana, Giriama and others to show tourists something of their ways of life, including their homes, areas of work such as agriculture, farming, pastoralism, hunter-gathering and fishing.
Disregarding the cultural norms and customs of the Kenya is extremely offensive to the local people. Your waiter, taxi driver, tour guide, and the local people will be greatly appreciative of you making the extra effort to understand their culture and demonstrating this.
Even if you think you have already read about the culture, make the extra effort and learn about a certain cultural tradition that they have to make your experience that much better, and gain a deeper understanding of the local people and customs.