Pro Poor Tourism Gains Momentum in Kenya
By James Asudi
A New Tourism Package is in the making by Victoria Safaris' James Asudi. This is the Propoor TourismPackage. Tourism is a dynamic industry subject to dynamic changes with time. Since time immemorial,Kenya is known to be a safari country and many tourists flock into Kenya to see the big five, namelythe Rhino, Leopard, Lion, Bufallo and Elephant.Today, the number of wild animals is dwindling due to human wildlife conflicts and as such Tour Operators are changing their destinations from wildlife to community and cultural based tourism or both. This includes Victoria Safaris which has started amongst its tour packages - Propoor TourismPackage in Kenya. Many tourists are opting for charitable tours and would also want to know thenature and livelihood of the indigenous people outside the game parks and in this instance, many visitthe slums of Kenya in order to upgrade the livelihood of the Kenyan populace who are living below adollar a day.
Pro poor Tourism in the Kenyan Rural and Slums
This is a new package which was founded by the author who is a Tour Operator Managing VictoriaSafaris. Being an indigenous Kibera slum resident in the late 70s , James Asudi talks in confidence whyand how he does the slum tours of Kibera, Mathare, Mukuru in Nairobi City and Nyalenda, Obunga inKisumu City respectively. These tours are meant for those individuals, both local and foreign who areintending to have a feel of the other side of the out of the ordinary from wildlife to Propoor tours. Thistakes regular tourist to have a feel and taste of the Kenyan populace livelihood. The tours are meant for upgrading livelihood of the poor in the Kenyan rural and urban slums through tourism which includes;tourists buying the artefacts made by the poor populace directly from the poor thereby sidelining themiddlemen,Tourists paying school fees and upkeep of slum kids while staying within or without theurban slum areas and rural set ups, donating school equipment, stationery and other educational itemsinto the slum schools, and donating foodstuff, toys and any other amenities which the slum upgrademay need. These pro poor tours can be combined as an addition to the normal safaris to the wildernessas a pre or post tourism package. The tours are guided by those tour guides who double as communityleaders living within these areas. The tours do not take more than 5 hours but are generally donebetween 2 - 4 hours and are conducted from various hotel residents of the tourists clients from Nairobiand Kisumu Cities. These tours are turning to be Charitable and philanthrothic tours. Touris willing toparticipate in these tours have of been distributing both food and school items to the populace stayingin these areas. Tourist Doctors are setting up free clinic centers for treatment of the sick.
Kibera Slum Tours
Kibera is the most popular slum to visit for those tourists who are in transit or those who are passing byto various wildlife sanctuaries or for those who have finished their trips and have a whole day or a fewhours in Nairobi before they depart. Kibera slums is just 6km from the city centre and has a populationof about 1million residents although the latest census found that the population in Kibera Slums is lessthan half a million people. The Kibera Slum tours is a showcase of what you expect in various slums inKenya both in the rural and urban centres. For a tour of this slum, individuals are encouraged to donatevarious food and non food items directly to the inhabitants and educational centres, not to mention theNGOs.In Kibera, every indivudual minds his/her own business and the presence of foreigners is not a big deal