Cultural tours have been well developed in Kenya and Adventure Upgrade Safaris will help you explore deep down the heart of Kenya’s folklore, customs, fanfare and traditional food of the local people. Most of these trips are blended with wildlife photographic safaris for the African experience of a life time.
Lwanda Magera was a Luo warrior (Luos are the second largest tribe in Kenya)
It is believed that during his time he was a living stone and nobody could spear him to death. At one time war broke out between the Luos and the Kipsigis (a tribe in Kenya), Lwanda (meaning the rock) killed many people during this war.
After peace was negotiated Lwanda was given a wife from the Kipsigis tribe and he married. This woman learned and knew the self secret of Lwanda’s life (His shadow was his true life).
One day when Lwanda fell sick, she was instructed by Lwanda to treat his shadow. War broke out again and the woman sneaked back to her tribe and told them the secret of his life.
On the day he died, he killed very many people before they tried what their daughter had told them. Finally one of the warriors took his spear and threw it at the shadow of Lwanda who fell down but not before killing the person who pierced him. He turned into a stone which can be seen today.
RAMOGI HILLS;( the father of Luo tribe)
Ramogi settled here after a long journey from Uganda with his people. You can visit this home which is now a forest. There is a stone which is believed was previously a bull which turned into a rock.
This is a place of ceremony. Climb the rocks and set the history of these rocks from the local people. It is situated on the western part of Kenya in Kakamega district.
CULTURE IN WESTERN KENYA.
Day 1: Leave Nairobi for Kit Mikayi via Kisumu. Kit Mikayi according to the Luo legendary story is the rock whose mikayi (the mother of the Luo tribe) sheltered herself after a long journey. In the evening visit the famous rock on the surrounding village.
Dinner and overnight at Kit mikayi.
Day 2: Kit mikayi; – Ndere island National Park.
After breakfast trek to the lake shore then catch a boat to Ndere island National Park. According to the Luo legendary story, Ndere (meeting place) is where Mikayi the mother of the Luo rested after along journey down the Nile to the Lake Victoria before reaching her home Kit mikayi. The day is spent searching for the lakes largest crocodiles, monitor lizards, birds, water antelopes etc.
Enjoy fishing in the evening and enjoy your catch for dinner.
Day 3: Kaloka -Kisumu- Kaka mega.
Leave Kaloka by boat, or by road for Kisumu then proceed toKakamega. Spend the evening exploring the famous tropical forest looking for colobus monkeys, many types of reptiles and birds.
Day 4: Kakamega – Nairobi.
In the morning explore the forest and then catch a bus to Nairobi.