Development Tourism in Africa
Africa being a third world continent has
a long way to go in order to reach the levels of the western
continents. In view of this Niche Africa Holidays has come
up with a development tourism package which basically is a
tourism package that bring tourists from all sectors who are
willing to develop the African continent to be a step ahead
from being a third world. This can be done by building the
infrastructure for the community based organizations, teaching
in various schools and colleges, volunteer working in Africa
who would want to create a difference in the both rural and
urban centers, missionaries who would want to involve in community
based development which include among others the building
of infrastructure in the rural centers such as schools, churches,
colleges and other sanitary and water projects. The best example
being; The Non Governmental Organizations.
Niche Africa holidays
prepares the way through for tourists who are willing to improve
and enhance the livelihood of African communities.
Development Tourism in East
East Africa is a part of the African
continent which requires upgrading. East Africa comprises
the five countries which include: - Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda,
Burundi and Tanzania which incorporates Pemba and Zanzibar
islands. In this part of the continent development tourism
is quiet needed among the unprivileged communities or disadvantaged.
Poverty in Africa
Since the natural resources in Africa as a whole are dwindling
due to human activities, East Africa lacks its original natural
resources which included forests which used to create a lot
of rain in the African continent, the unpolluted rivers and
lakes, and the abundant minerals. In view of this poverty
is cropping in due to urbanization and global warming which
is affecting the whole world. The five East African countries
require those individuals through development tourism who
would like to make a difference within the community infrastructure
while at the same time have their leisure in tourism.
East Africa Slum Upgrading
East Africa community has slums where poverty is flourishing
with family households earning less than a dollar a day; the
same applies to some rural and urban centers despite the magnificent
tourism attractions which are present in the East African
part of Africa continent.
Lake Victoria Development
Lake Victoria, being the second largest fresh water lake in
the world is shared by the major East African countries ie.
Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. Despite the fact that Lake Victoria
has fresh waters and the River Nile starts from this lake,
the surrounding communities living along the Lake Victoria
beaches are suffering due to poverty since the diminishing
of various fish species and over fishing in the Lake Victoria.
Diseases such as HIV and Aids also contribute a lot to poverty
along the Lake Victoria beaches. Niche Africa holidays, being
a tour operator based in East Africa – Kenya encourages
development tourists to venture into the East African community
development programs and at the same time enjoying the luxuries
in the lodges and camps, within the East African borders.
The most preferred tourists who can help in the development
tourism are those who would come to East Africa and change
the community livelihood by building infrastructures.
Voluntourism in East
The past development tourists who have participated in the
development of the East Africa include the volunteers from
VSO (voluntary services overseas) and the American Peace Corps
not to mention the NGO world and individual tourists efforts.
The church communities which includes the Christian churches
from the west, the medical practitioners which include the
doctors and nurses who perform free medical Camps facilities
in the rural and slum areas in East Africa, the Agricultural
scientists who have donated their expertise in creating a
difference in East Africa, the industrialists who have come
to East Africa to create factories which create jobs for the
local communities, the hoteliers who have developed Eco- lodges
and Eco-camps within the National parks of East Africa and
lastly, the Conservationists who have donated their lifetime
conserving the wildlife and Nature within East Africa.
Kenya, among the East African countries is the most visited
country by tourists due to its peaceful political atmosphere
since independence, its friendly populace, beautiful beaches
and wildlife lodges within its National Parks. Its sunshine,
and its few infrastructures which encourages tourisms, security,
and its Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport
as a hub for all airlines into East Africa. Despite all those
mentioned above, Kenya still lacks a lot of development initiative,
part of which can be gained from tourism industry.
Niche Africa Holidays
is the first among many tour operators which has developed
Development Tourism package with an expectation of enhancing
development agenda among the Kenyan communities through tourism.
Western Kenya Development
Efforts are being made for Development Tourism Package in
the western part of Kenya which includes:- The Luo Nyanza,
Luhya and the Kisii communities not to mention the Teso, Kuria
and the Kalenjin communities who occupy the Western Kenya
Tourism Circuit - The Virgin tourism treasure, untapped and
unknown to the whole world despite its magnificent tourism
The Maasai Land Development
The other part where Niche Africa Holidays encourages development
tourism is the Maasai land which covers the Maasai Mara and
its surrounding; mostly the Mara west where you will find
a couple from America who has developed a community based
infrastructure among the Masai people for the last 15 years.
This has led to the creation of the Mara West Camp which is
owned and run by Mr. Andrew and Deborah Aho who have since
contributed their energy and time in improving the livelihood
of the Masai people and has created a difference.
Kenya Slums Development
Development Tourism is encouraged also in the Kenyan slums;
the likes of the Kibera slums in Nairobi, Obunga slums and
Nyalenda in Kisumu where medial camps are being programmed
for by medical tourists every other year and other practitioners.
Niche Africa Holidays, is a tour operator willing to enhance
the Kenyan communities livelihood through tourism, thus the
creation of Slum Tourism Package in Kenya by one of its Tour
Consultants; Mr. James Asudi, the founder of slum tourism
Some of the most preferred
development tourism itineraries in Kenya are as follows:-
- Maasai Mara Community Development Safaris
- Luo Nyanza Community development Tourism
- Lake Victoria Community Development Tourism Safaris
- Western Kenya Community Tours and Safaris
- Kibera Slums Community Tourism Tours
- Kisumu Slums Community Tours
- Nairobi Slums Community Tours
- Siaya District Community Tourism Adventure