When it comes to Africa, millions of people are familiar with West African and South African cultures, but draw a blank when it comes to East Africa. It’s not your fault – it’s just a matter of exposure. We don’t exactly learn about Africa in school, and if by some small chance we do, it is often connected to the Trans Atlantic slave trade. The media paints a picture of Africa as disease infected, fly ridden and poverty stricken. Not only is that portrait inaccurate, but there is so much more to this magnificent continent. Allow Afrikabisa Adventures & Safaris to expose you to the beautiful, lush and prosperous Africa that we know. Karibu sana – you’re very welcome.
Maasai Cultural Immersion
The Maasai is a semi-nomadic, pastoral ethnic group that originated in the Nile valley of Egypt. They later came to settle in Kenya and northern Tanzania. After thousands of years, most still lead a very traditional lifestyle by living off the land and only taking what they need. They are a magnificent and welcoming people. Similar to the Quakers in the Americas, they are aware of the world but not in it. Maasai women are world renowned for their beading techniques. You are welcome into their villages as you learn about their food, adornment and way of life.
East African Slave Trade
When most people think of slavery, they often conjure images from their school days of ships passing from West Africa to the Americas. A less known but just as devastating holocaust occurred in East Africa. Chinese, Persian, Indians and Arabs engaged in the capture and abduction of Africans from as far west at Cameroon. The social, political and economic impact on this region is undeniable. Learn about the history of slavery in this region and how the language Kiswahili came to be. See how stick fighting was invented to protect themselves from slave raiders. There’s so much more than meets the eye.
Kiswahili is a creole language that is the most widely spoken mother tongue across Africa. As a result, Swahili culture spans from as far north as Kenya, with traces in Mozambique. It is spoken in Rwanda, Burundi, Zambia, Malawi and along the border of the DRC. Tanzanians and Zanzibaris are known to speak the most authentic dialects. The coming together of various African ethnic groups, along with Asians, Indo-Europeans and Arabs created a unique culture, collectively known as Swahili. Become immersed in the food, language, dress and lifestyle via a Swahili culture tour.
Swahili Foodie Tour
If you like curries, you’re gonna love this tour! Just like creole food of New Orleans is arguable the best in America, Swahili cuisine in Africa is the best the continent has to offer. Sample street food, specialties from well known cafes and indulge in the delicacies of high end restaurants. Open your palette with fresh juices made from local fruit. Give your taste buds a treat with indigenous fruit and vegetables. Learn about the cultures, histories, ingredients and economic factors that contributed to this diverse gastronomy.