Kenya can be an expensive destination for travelers – a home stay is an inexpensive way to visit the Kenya – ideal for travelers with an aim of understanding the local community and the culture of the Africans well. It is also great for single visitors, providing a safe and friendly environment in which to meet people easily.

Staying with a family in their home will allow you a unique insight into the lifestyles and culture of Kenyan people. It is a safe way to meet people and make friends easily. Staying with your hosts will be in a sense like having personal guides and through them you will get to see parts of Kenya and be involved with traditional (and new) activities you might not get to see otherwise on a typical vacation as a tourist. Kenya is a community-oriented place where 'everyone knows everyone' and you will see family life at first hand. Expect to be treated like a member of the family and be included in the day-to-day life of the people in the home and the community.

The aim of home stay programs is to bring people together to learn from one another and share their experiences to mutual benefit. They provide opportunities for learning in specific areas such as traditional arts and crafts, cooking, dance and the environment.

Homestay encourage the villagers to support responsible ecotourism as a viable alternative to sustainability rather than focusing on the unsustainable practices of commercial farming. The stay provides an important income which will reinforce and promote the long term conservation of their cultural identity and their nurturing environment. The bona fide community receive proper economic benefits from the tourism operation and are remunerated for their work in the operation. In addition they are trained in all the different areas related to socially and ecologically responsible tourism. Home stays provide a more sustainable form of livelihood for local communities alongside their established means for earning potential. It also fosters the sustainable use and collective responsibility over land and resources. Communities members are therefore more directly involved in conservation of their local environment. Home stays also help in generation of income acquired from hosting, translation, and transportation services for the visitors. When people are satisfied, there is understanding and goodwill towards other conservation measures such as protected areas, indigenous forests and natural habitats.


Source by Michael Muriithi