Explore Kibera Tours
Explore Kibera Tours
4.5
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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Linda C
32 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
Abzed took us through Kibera: which is where he and his family live. He showed us a number of initiatives that he is involved with to improve the life in this neighborhood. The visit was eye-opening and left us with a lot of hope that things can improve over time.

The visit was planned for 4 hours. After 2.5 hours of walking through the muddy, uneven streets, we needed to cut it short. Unfortunately, we missed a couple of great initiatives for women. We did see a school, an apartment for a few orphans and Abzed's initiative to add sanitary toilets for the community.

Go to Kibera. There is no way to truly understand the suffering and the beauty of the neighborhood without being there!
Written August 17, 2023
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nicole j
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2013
Alistair and Robert were excellent hosts on our tour through the Kibera slums in Nairobi. My boyfriend and I spent most of our day walking through the slums with Alistair. On our walk, we visited a bead/jewelry factory and an HIV/AIDS orphanage school, both of which offer opportunities for volunteering and donations. Come prepared! If you want to help, ask what supplies you can bring before you go. I wish I had brought more (money & supplies) with me on this tour so that I could have helped more. This is a great way to ensure that donations actually go to the people that need it. It's also an unforgettable opportunity to understand poverty with a more well-rounded perspective. If you have the time, let your guide know that you would like to volunteer and they will set it up. I went on this tour as part of an around-the-world trip that included 12 countries. I have been on 6 continents and have been on countless tours, and I have to say that Explore Kibera was one of the most unforgettable experiences I have ever had. It's hard to believe the extent of poverty in any city without seeing it with your own eyes. What I liked most about the tour is that it was personal - just my boyfriend and I and Alistair. Alistair is knowledgeable, genuine, approachable and committed to improving his community. I especially appreciated that I didn't feel like we were voyeurs - we weren't behind any sort of screen "protecting" us from reality. We were right there in the thick of it, shaking hands with people, chatting with passersby that recognized Alistair and playing with kids walking home from school. We ate lunch with locals at a place Alistair brought us, called a "hotel", which looked like a food tent with picnic tables inside, but don't be fooled. Food and experience were just as authentic, great and memorable as the tour. Dress humbly and wear close-toed shoes. Be prepared for shocking sights and bad smells, but it's all worth it and will surely help you appreciate every thing and opportunity you have. Don't pass this up! Caution: don't get on the wrong matatu (bus) like we did! Follow your guide's instructions for the meeting place. Don't get on a matatu without verifying your guide is there. Matatu drivers are very friendly and wave you onto the bus to get their fill on fare. We were lucky, and ended up getting dropped off near a bank that was able to call Alistair and let him know where we were. Aside from the minor setback, this mistake gave us a little adventure and a good story to tell. In all, Explore Kibera is the perfect company to give you an authentic and memorable experience learning about culture and economics in Nairobi while also offering a chance to give back and improve our global community.
Written December 4, 2013
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mjr1965
Denver, CO16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2014 • Family
Our Kibera tour was remarkable. It definitely gave a glimpse into a world that was far removed from anything you find back home. Almost 1 million people living with essentially no services in 1 square mile. Our guides were very helpful, friendly, and took us to see some remarkable businesses trying to make their way in desperate conditions. Being able to spend some time in their family homes made it even more remarkable. I would recommend this trip highly.
Written July 7, 2014
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jacintalim
Singapore, Singapore73 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2014 • Solo
I'm very interested in development so on a six week work trip to Nairobi, my top priority was visiting Kibera and scheduled a tour with Explore Kibera for my first weekend.

The tour was good but there are are two things people should note about the tour.

The first thing is that whilst the tour confirmation stated that the tour would be for three hours, my tour only lasted for two hours for the same price. I was told later on that because the tour was on a Sunday, the orphanage and another of the stops were closed and therefore my tour cut short. I do think this is something that should have been disclosed by Explore Kibera - that if one booked on the weekend, one would get a much shorter tour than someone who booked on a weekday, so I was a little disappointed. Other than that, the tour was great and it didn't feel vouyeristic. It was a great insight into how people lived and it was a great way (I thought - see caveat below) to give back to the community in Kibera.

Before I get into the second point, I should explain the background of my findings. After a few more weeks in Nairobi, I decided to go back to Kibera with a friend, independently of Explore Kibera. The reason for my second visit was that I was keen to visit the orphanage as I heard many lovely things about it. Along the way, I spoke to many people in the community in Kibera. The stories I heard alarmed me somewhat as although I was told by my Explore Kibera guide that USD$5 of my trip fee would go to the orphanage (and another USD $5 would go to another of their local community partners - I can't remember which), the people I spoke to were adamant that this was untrue and the orphanage did not see any of the money.

If that were true, whilst Explore Kibera is still doing a great service to the community by opening outsiders' eyes to how people in the slum live, and bringing people to the orphanage so that such people can choose to individually help or volunteer at the orphanage, it's still not right that tourists are being misled on how the tour fees are allocated. These allegations may equally be untrue but people should be aware in any event that there's a possibility their tour fees do not get donated to the relevant causes in the community as they purportedly are.

I would still recommend Explore Kibera with the above caveats as it is nevertheless a great way to see the slum for those who feel unsure about venturing around on their own (and it is a bit of a maze!). I would also highly, highly recommend seeing the orphanage one way or the other as it's an absolute joy to behold. The place has clearly been upkept with love and pride as it is clean with lovely murals on the wall and doors. It is very capably run by a passionate and impressive young lady named Lucy and her tiny team (of two others) and there's so much scope for people who want to help there. I would also recommend jbuying some supplies in Kibera (e.g. maize or sugar etc from the shops) before you visit the orphanage as every little donation counts and makes a huge difference to the children and the incredibly team who work at the orphanage. Do also feel free to contact me if you would like Lucy's details so you can get in touch with her directly.
Written February 10, 2014
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Richard B
9 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2015 • Solo
The slum is well worth a visit and you get a good insight into what life is like but EKT don't bring much enthusiasm, give much of a commentary or take you right inside the dwellings and shops...you have to ask all the questions in order to get any information. They also drag you to a couple of places that make trinkets that you feel obliged to pay 5 times what they would cost at any of the other good markets that are around.

It's hard to tell where the fee goes and whether it goes to the places it's supposed to but I certainly got the feeling I was just another mzungu to fleece, particularly when I paid the final amount at the end of the tour and the guide, Alisher (?), just grabbed the money, turned around and walked off with not a word despite including an undeserved tip.

I suggest trying someone else...no idea if they will be any better.
Written July 8, 2015
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Shazam77
NYC6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2013 • Friends
I had a walking tour of Kibera with Sande. I had looked into several of the "slum tours" through tourist operators and this was an easy choice. For one, it's a local organization and a non-profit. The other places charge A LOT of money and they go to a big commercial tour group operator with all kinds of tours. This one is special. They are a non-profit and have a slight focus on the non-profits working in there. You'll see an orphanage, a craft group, or whatever you'd like to see. All of your fee goes to non-profits - either the non-profit who organizes it, or the other needy orgs. My guide, Sande was friendly, knowledgeable, and good company. He's got a great, upbeat personality and it was a pleasure to walk around with him. And at the end he takes you to the huge open air market where you can do some shopping for crafts, clothes, whatever you'd like. Great experience overall!
Written November 18, 2013
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InekeN
Amsterdam, The Netherlands34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2011 • Friends
First time I took the tour was in February 2011. I was invited to do a tour of The Kibera with Freddy Otieno Omondi. What a fantastic experience!!! If you're ever in the neighbourhood I would highly recomend this (don't go if it rains or has just rained though!). The tour takes about 3 hours and starts at 10:00AM or 2:00PM and will cost you KES 2.500,00. The money is split between the projects you visit during the tour and ends at Freddy's mom's house in the Kibera, where you'll get a refreshing soft frink and can ask any questions you might have. I was pleasantly surprised by the friendly & happy people I have met during this tour & whenever I am in the Nairobi area, I try to visit.
Written May 7, 2012
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PhotoBugTraveler
Denver, Colorado26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2014 • Friends
A Kibera tour should be mandatory for all tourists visiting Kenya. It is such an essential reality check for everyone who never thought twice about having electricity, running water, sanitation, trash removal, and other basic services. The Women's Power Center, Victorious Group, Kibera Widowed Mothers and other groups have all managed to find a way to make beautiful crafts out of sheer poverty. Take lots of extra cash as these items are beautiful and make priceless keepsakes.

We took a Kibera tour with another guide in October 2013 and then with EKT in January 2014. EKT hands down had the better service. We knew where we wanted to go and some craftsmen that we wanted to locate. Our guide, Alistair, did a great job taking us everywhere we wanted to go, and to a few new spots. We took the local bus when we left Kibera and were glad for his guidance on the process (it is a bit confusing).

Don't miss this as you will be forever changed by the experience
Written February 12, 2014
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Flava_In_Ya_Ear
The Netherlands50 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Couples
We did a tour with Explore Kibera Tours, this was a really great experience because we were able to have a peak inside the daily lives of so many people living in the slums of Nairobi. We learned about the hardships and troubles of the people living here and learned about all the amazing projects that are happening now to improve the situation.

During our trip we visited the local radio station which was very interesting and learned about their role within the community and visited a local entrepreneur making beautiful jewellery.

To make it clear, we felt safe the entire time and did not get bothered by anyone.

As approximately 20-25% of Nairobi's population is living in Kibera I believe it is a must-do to visit these slums. I think Explore Kibera Tours did a great job and can definitely recommend doing this tour through them.
Written March 10, 2019
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jackod100
Sydney, Australia13 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2015 • Solo
This was a really interesting, insightful and sobering experience. The people we visited were welcoming and friendly, and I felt completely safe the whole time. It is by no means a "go and take photos" type of activity, just walk around and see what life is like in one of the largest slums in Africa.

The only drawback was that my guide, Alistair, was quite uninterested and distant. He walked way too fast (I had to keep telling him to slow down) and it was as if he was just going through the motions and wanted to get to the end of the tour.

Furthermore, I thought the USD 29 was too much. Basically, we went for a 2 hour walk around a Nairobi neighbourhood. Very little history and information was provided.

In saying this, it was safe, the route taken on the walk was interesting and we right into the depths of the slum and I definitely WOULD NOT recommend doing this on your own! Go with EKT!
Written August 19, 2015
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