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“one of my highlights” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Kibera Tours

Kibera Tours
Starts at Adamsarcade, Java house, Nairobi, Kenya (Nairobi Central Business District)
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Ranked #16 of 103 Activities in Nairobi
Type: Tours
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Owner description: info@kiberatours.com.
London, United Kingdom
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“one of my highlights”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

We had a informative , inspiring enjoyable time with our guides .
Phillip was very informative and took lots of pictures with my camera .
we walked alround the area meeting local businesses and people .

Phillip was awonderful young man pasionate about helping his community help them selves and fight poverty , ignorance and discrimmination .

Visited August 2013
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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“A different side to Nairobi”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013 via mobile

Having spent a few days in central Nairobi my friend and I had found the city a little unfriendly. We decided to do this tour and experienced a whole other side to the city. Phillip and Freddie were our guides and were great at answering a whole range of questions about kibera. Group numbers are limited to six so we felt that the visit was personalised and not intrusive. We visited a range of community based projects where people were happy to explain what they were doing and how it was helping to improve living conditions. Phillip himself was leading a number of community and youth schemes in the area and was happy to chat about these. Many of the projects are inspirational and it is heartening to talk to so many people who have little but are so welcoming. The trip ended with a visit to Freddie's mums house which was surprisingly cosy. Overall, this is an excellent way to speak to people about their lives and country.
I would advise anyone on his tour to wear good footwear as much of the slum has uneven and poor pathways between businesses and housing.

Visited August 2013
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“Kibera with Freddie”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013

A must go. Freddie was excellent, and at no time during the tour did we feel threatened. The people were very welcoming, and all were wearing big smiles. The tour makes you appreciate what you have.

Visited July 2013
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“Kibera tours with freddie”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

I visited with a family with three kids, , mainly from US, their first time in Africa. On day 2 we visited Kibera with Freddie. It was a humbling and amazing experience, we walked from our rendezvous with Freddie in Adam's arcade, through Toi market and into Kibera, visiting 4 community projects (an HIV women's group, a pre school and, best of all, a men's co-operative making jewellery out of bone). Having lived in Nbo for 6 months, and visited other slums and NGO projects, this felt genuine. FReddie is very knowledgeable and we spoke to several residents. In the words of one of the 11 year old visitors, 'it was a humbling experience, people seemed so cheerful in spite of their hardships'. So important to see how most Nairobeans live, and make sure you do this as well as all the other touristy experiences.

Visited August 2013
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“Sad and disturbing experience”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2013

Sad and disturbing experience

December 2012 off to Kenya and full of big expectations that went down after the visit to Kibera by the hand of Freddy our guide.
We have had a similar experience as described by manuelrauch-Baden-Baden,16th december 2011.
Weeks before our trip to Kibera we get in contact with Freddy.We were very interested in knowing the Mamá Tunzas project.
Freddy wrote us saying he had settled a meeting for us with her.
The day of our visit to Kibera arrived.We payed 52€ 2 pax to Freddy for the visit and bought a lot of things,food,hygienic kits....
to give to Mamá Tunza for their children.
We were in a very good mood but the 4 hours Freddy´s guided walk through Kibera "streets" become at first a shopping tour....the showroom of a
HIV-Support place with girls making stuff and selling it.It´s not compulsary buying but we were under pressure tu buy.
Then another showroom which had nothing to do with any humanitarian project was a handicraft workshop making accessories and souvenirs for tourists
trying to sell you stuff there,and so on....
We were worried as the time was flying over without really visiting Kibera.Well at last we were able to walk throuhg "the streets" of Kibera and seeing as the people lives.We were impressed and sad.At the end of the tour Freddy took us to "her mothers home living room",so he told us,invited to Coca Cola and
tried to sell us some T-shirts.He should not have done it as we were there not for shopping.More,he also told us that he was taking a toll of 4€ per month
to poor people living in each one of the Kibera´s huts.Incredible,humiliating and shameful!
We were all the time awaiting to meet Mamá Tunza as promised but in the end he said it was not possible.We were very astonished.He asked to give him
all the food and hygienic kits we bought for Mamá Tunzas children.We didn´t like but he said that he´ll make a photography with Mamá Tunza receiving
our present and straightaway he´ll send us the pic.
Till now,june 2013,we´ve not received that photo....So we think that our gift never reached the Mamá Tunza´s hands.
Briefly whaty a pity all that.

Visited December 2012
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