Akamba Cultural Tour

Kamba Land or Ukambani is divided in to three administrative county regions namely, Machakos, Makueni and Kitui counties, stretching east of Nairobi along the Mombasa-Nairobi highway towards Tsavo National park and North East to Embu.  It is widely perceived as a region regularly haunted by long drought seasons. Far from this notion, there are green and fertile stretches which make up for a wonderful destination outside Nairobi. Machakos for example, which was actually Kenya’s first inland capital, is surrounded by green hills. The Makongo Valley, right behind the town, also offers a spectacular drive through undulating hills covered by forests and terraces that remind you of Italy.

This region is in many regards a land of vastness and impressive landscapes, such as the Yatta plateau, the longest lava stream in the world and the baobab country beyond Kibwezi. Further north, we have the Ol Doinyo Sabuk Mountain covered by rain forests, the spectacular 14 Falls as well as the Masinga dam which is the biggest reservoir in Kenya.

In any case, Ukambani is worth discovering, so come along!

Machakos County

Starting just 60 km south of Nairobi, Machakos County stretches down along the Mombasa-Nairobi highway and borders Kajiado to the West, Makueni to the south and Kitui County to the East. The intriguing history of Machakos town dates back to early 1890’s when it was established as the Akamba trading administration center. This was back in the days of their early engagements with the Arabs in the pre-colonial era. During the construction of the Uganda railway, Machakos town was identified as the Capital City of Kenya in 1889 but due to conflict of interest between the local traders, the White Settler government and the Uganda railway construction officials. The capital was later moved from Machakos to Nairobi in 1905.

The People

The inhabitants of this region are the Kamba people, also called the Akamba. They are Bantu speaking ethnic group who form 11% of Kenya’s population ranking them fifth among the largest of the 42 tribes in the nation. The Kamba are also known as the Kikamba, Kekamba, Masaku, Ukamba, Kitui and Mumoni. They were originally grouped into some 25 dispersed patrilineal clans or itui of varying size which were often mutually hostile though their social and territorial boundaries were flexible. Their system may have been a response to fluid geographical groupings rather than strictly determined by ancestry or tradition. This may have attributed to the few if any institutions of centralized political authority yet in times of external threat, military action could be coordinated across the whole tribe.

 

Detailed Safari Itinerary >

 

8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS MACHAKOS COUNTY ITINERARY

Day 1 – NAIROBI

Upon arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, you will be met by a Woni Safaris Driver Guide and transferred to your hotel for overnight at EKA HOTEL (Dinner)

Day 2 – MACHAKOS COUNTY

After breakfast, drive to Lukenya area en route to Machakos County and get an opportunity to visit quarry mining and sand harvesting areas and get a chance to interact with the local people and lunch will be served in a local Kamba homestead. After lunch the rest of the afternoon will be spend interacting with the locals getting to learn their ways of living in Africa. Dinner and overnight at NGU-NYUMU HOMESTAY (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 3 – MACHAKOS COUNTY – NGU-NYUMU VILLAGE

Morning visits to agri farms and work with the locals in their farms. After lunch visit a local Secondary school returning for dinner and overnight at NGU-NYUMU HOMESTAY (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 4 – MACHOKOS COUNTY – NGU-NYUMU VILLAGE

Morning walk together with local children going to school to visit the local primary school and experience school life in the local village returning to your homestead for lunch. The rest of the afternoon will be spent at leisure. Dinner and overnight at NGU-NYUMU HOMESTAY (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5 – MACHAKOS CITY

After breakfast depart for Machakos town “the place to be” the town which is now the Machakos County headquarters; on the way make a stopover at the magical hill a famous site where water has defied Isaac Newton’s law of gravity and instead of flowing downwards the hill, it climbs up with an admirable ease . Lunch will be taken as picnic en route to “Iveti hills” the women hill and Kiima Kimwe, a free standing hill with peaks that create beautiful vantage points for scenery lovers. Dinner and overnight at GELIAN HOTEL (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6 – MACHAKOS CITY

Morning tour of Machakos town including the market place returning to the hotel for lunch. After lunch visit the Machakos people’s park for a sundowner. Dinner and overnight at GELIAN HOTEL (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 7 – DAY TRIP TO WAMUNYU

The county is in addition the origin of the famous Akamba woodcarving and the basketry skills. Seeking to tap a collective market from the wood carving, a group of industrious women just 15km from this woodcarving center started a basket weaving society. The group currently commands a membership of over 2000 women who are involved in commercial basket weaving. The beautiful handcrafts and well decorated artifacts found in posh art galleries and gift shops both locally and internationally are product from this area. Lunch will be served at the local Wamunyu town. After lunch drive back to Machakos town arriving for dinner and overnight at GELIAN HOTEL (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 8 – DEPART

After a leisurely breakfast, visit a local orphans school thereafter return to the hotel for a farewell lunch. Later in the afternoon drive back to Nairobi for your out bound departure flight.

 

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