Western Circuit Tours
Kenya is a multi-cultural community with 43 ethnic tribes/ groups.
People to People Tourism have links with virtually all of them in different corners of the country, where we take our clients to experience this rich and diverse culture of our beautiful country- Kenya.
In our Western Circuit, that is where you will come face to face with the Abaluhya ethnic group, which inhabits
the Western Province of Kenya. The women in this area are engaged in weaving
of baskets, mats and ropes. The major raw material is
banana fiber. We'll also have you visit the Ilesi
women group involved in making of all types of traditional cooking pots made out of clay.
The Western Kenya region
is well known for their Bull fighting cultural ceremonies.
This takes place very early in the mornings. The World's famous Kakamega tropical rainforest
birds sanctuary is also located in this region.
Tabaka Region (Kisii Soapstone)
This tour will take you to the historical
soapstone mining area, Kisii - Tabaka. These rare stones
are only found in Tabaka region in Kenya where the major
economic activity is soapstone carving.
The soapstone products are famous at all corners of
the world. The trade in soapstone is significant both
to carvers and suppliers in Kenya and wholesalers, retailers
and consumers abroad.
Tabaka is located about 360 KM West of
Nairobi in Western Kenya and is inhabited by the Kisii
ethnic group. The principal activity in this area is
soapstone carving. The soapstone is sourced from local
community farms, and the carving is treated as a family's
income generating activity.
The trade of soapstone comprises of both
men and women, young and old. Traditionally it is the
men who do the digging/mining of the soapstone as well
as carving the products in the required shapes, size
and designs. The women's part involves polishing and
washing finished products as well as applying the shining
wax cream popularly known as cobra wax.
Our Western Circuit Tour will give you
an opportunity to visit the soapstone mines/quarry and
see for yourself the intensive Labour involved in extracting
the soapstone using crude tools. Meet also the carvers
at work/production process and have the liberty of sharing
with them the carving experience. Meet also with the
women involved with smoothening of the products using
sand paper and water and polishing the finished products
using wax. Also visit various shops stocked with soapstone
More interesting are the pick-ups that
are used in transportation of the soapstone from the
A two/three day stay in Tabaka will give you an opportunity
to have a proper insight of the tradition of Soapstone
carving in Kenya. There are three options of spending
your night. For the clients interested in adventure,
you may opt to stay at the producers' homes. By staying
with the host community, you will have the opportunity
to learn in details the usual way of life. After all,
a night in an African home could just be so memorable.
The second option is to spend your night in the local
guesthouse, close to the host community. The third option
is to spend the night in Kisii town in a three star
Hotel. The town is located about 30 minutes drive from
It will be our pleasure to arrange
a village cultural tour for you to meet and share a
face to face experience with the locals.
Lake Victoria Region
This tour will take you to the second
largest fresh Water Lake in the world. The lake is located
about 325 Km from Nairobi city in Western Kenya. The
Luo community whose major economic activity is fishing
inhabits the area.
The Luo people are famous for their strong
traditions/culture of which many of them still adhere
to upto now. We will also have you visit some fair trade organization
in the region that provide
sustainable marketing services to micro and small enterprises
that produce giftware and home accessory items. These Fair Trade Organizations work with local artisans to find new markets for both
existing and new products, thus increasing incomes and
employment opportunities in the area.
Southern Circuit Tours - Wamunyu Wood Carving
The Kamba people are famous in wood carving
in Kenya. This activity is a significant source of income
to the local people who engage in it. Over the years,
carving as a skill has been perfected and passed from generation to
another, producing items of high quality.
This trip will expose you to producer groups who work
together with Crafts of Africa. You will have an opportunity
to intermingle with the producers and learn their traditional
way of life. This will also give you an opportunity of buying
gift items directly from the producers, hence promoting