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Nairobi, Kenya
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Ranked #30 of 38 Attractions in Nairobi
Type: Neighborhoods, Cultural
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Type: Neighborhoods, Cultural
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Nairobi, Kenya
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Manky, horrible crap. I live here, and tourists love to go there. But it's like tours to a Soweto-that-never-was. Everyone who lives there wants out of there. Do-gooders try to make out Kibera (and other African slums like Mathari valley) as launching points or innovation hotspots like Silicon Valley. They're not. They're sad, desperate urban scenes with people playing out... More 

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Silsden, West Yorkshire,Uk
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49 reviews 49 reviews
27 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

But a living, working, vibrant community. My guide, Joshwa (from the locally created NGO Kibera Community Empowerment), was born and bought up in the area, and spent most of the 20 minute walk to Kibera from the Wildebeest Ecocamp explaining the politics of the slum area (his description), its history, and how it worked. Once there, he led me through... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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17 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

I find Kibera slum is very interesting place to visit. Half an hour away from the town where there are banks, expensive restaurants, Kibera is a completely different world. It is a good place to learn more of the other side of Nairobi and different tribes culture. I met some people there and the way they greet was different from... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2014

Did the tour with a lovely guy called Joshwa and the organisation Kibera Community Empowerment Organization (KCEO). They are doing a lot of things to help improve Kibera and they are doing the right things and they seem to be working. It is a good tour, they help you get there on public transport, and they take you around Kibera(you... More 

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Oakland, California
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44 reviews 44 reviews
25 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

First of all, it's a bit ingenuous to say that a shanty town is "excellent" but the experience of spending time in Kibera was amazing and really got me thinking about how incredibly lucky (blessed!) I am (in some ways at least) to be born in the US instead of in Kibera. I went in with local colleagues and connected... More 

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Helsinki, Finland
4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

It's hard to say I "loved" Kibera slums. It is simultaneously a heartbreaking and thrilling place to visit. Make sure you visit with a local - though it's not an explicitly dangerous place, even Kenyans aren't likely to wander through without a guide who knows the area. A microcosm of the greater world around it, if you can see past... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2013

Our family of 8 just recently returned to the United States from Nairobi and we did the Chocolate tour with Octopizzo (Henry). The tour was so worthwhile and life changing. Equally amazing is this young man's willingness to give back to a community that he grew up. Our two small granddaughters ages 9 and 10 were traveling with us so... More 

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Beijing, China
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262 attraction reviews
248 helpful votes 248 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2013 via mobile

We visited here and Muthari (another slum) as part of the We the Change foundation which is focused on providing pre-K education to kids in need who would otherwise be wandering the streets before public education begins. The slum itself is not so different from Rocinhas or others in the world you may have seen (built a little differently since... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

The drainage is not so well done,to start with its not there,its a health hazard especially when it rains you do not wanna visit this place and the area is overpopulated...I hope the government shud take this matter up especially the relevant ministries.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013

As a slum, it should be rated ***** five stars. It is one of thabiggest in Africa and may be in the world. It is an unforgettable experience. But when you undestand that it is the placewhere lovable Kenyans have to come and rest in after a heavy working day, you would cry.

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