Kibera

Kibera, Nairobi: Hours, Address, Kibera Reviews: 3.5/5

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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3.5
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Tracey B
Nairobi, Nairobi Area, Kenya88 contributions
Kibera can be confronting at first to foreign visitors, but witnessing first hand the positive development work Amani Kibera performs the community leaves one feeling inspired. Amani Kibera are a community-based organisation established by a group of young people who have grown up in the slums. Thus, they know exactly what their community needs, and they are working hard to deliver that. They have set up a public library where students can study in a conducive environment, they run a women's economic empowerment group which makes crafts to help raise money for school fees so the girls can go back to school, and they have a value-based sports program, which aims to promote peace mainly through football tournaments. Visiting the slum with Amani Kibera is not about a voyeuristic slum tour; rather you are visiting to see their projects, but of course as you walk and talk with your hosts you learn about everyday life in the slums as well. They are so welcoming and friendly and it's an inspiring experience to engage with these amazing people and their projects.
Written January 13, 2013
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Quach T
London, UK39 contributions
Friends
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 what I've known before.

The man who is running a community centre there took me for a tour. They are doing some project to improve living condition in that area such as building public toilet, and farming.
I would not try to walk around the area alone. It is very big and you could easily get lost, plus, you should be extremely careful in that area.
Even if you take picture, it'd better to be careful.

Tip: Do not go there when it is raining or after the rain.
Written June 6, 2014
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Jackie
Rijeka, Croatia92 contributions
Friends
Kibera has organized tours if you want to meet and walk around people living in the biggest slum area in Africa. I was walking stunned by surroundings, houses, people, children, filth and smells all over, entered one of the houses and there is was, the best bar with 5-6 flat TV screens!!! Didn't consume anything just wanted to go to the rooftop to have a better view. Interesting yet sad at the same time. It was informative with our guide, but I can't tell I have enjoyed looking at their way of life.
Written July 3, 2019
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We thank all our guests for their adequate and honest opinions. The Seed Foundation would have very much wished to have made these community better. Your support and open ideas will very much help us through. Our work with the communities and children will help in changing this reality. That is why we humbly request guests to book "See Kibera through a Non-Profit Leader" To see the reality that beckons.
Written July 27, 2019
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Mick Wilson
Ottawa, Canada44 contributions
Family
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 all the anxieties of striving for their kids to get ahead with just a little money to cover their schooling and healthcare.

There is nothing idealistic or brave to be seen here.

It's brave people simply being brave. TV docos don't help them one iota.
Written September 3, 2014
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Mark H
Fond du Lac, WI2,567 contributions
Business
I saw this listing on this site when looking for stuff do during an eight-day work trip to Nairobi for work. I was shocked this was listed as an attraction.

Kibera is the largest slum in Nairobi, in fact about 60 percent of the city's three million people live in one.

I was working in the slums with Kenyan scientists working to solve public health issues. It had taken them some time to develop relationships and trust with the people who live in slums like Kibare, Korogocho, Kawangare and Mukuru,

If they had work to do in the slums, they would call the chief and let them they'd be visiting and the chief would provide a local resident and police officers to watch their back.

The people I met were friendly, invited me into their homes and shops, etc, because I was with people they knew and trusted.

A few weeks prior these researchers were in Mokongeni and a mob of people high on glue and weed surrounded their truck and demanded payment. Even the chief had a hard time diffusing a bad situation. These native Kenyans were rattled by it.

If you want to visit a slum, I'd recommend finding a group you could do some aid work for. That's my $.02.
Written January 14, 2017
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Pierre P
nairobi15 contributions
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.
Written March 28, 2013
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Virginia
Nairobi, Kenya27 contributions
This is rated as the one of the world's largest slum. People have no access to basic amenities such as bathrooms. Because of that the residents have invented "flying toilets" where one puts the waste in plastic bag and tosses away in the river which is heavily polluted or on the narrow streets where the people walk.
Many non-governmental institutions target this area for development which makes some difference. There is a project where they recycle human waste into energy. Another project is that of using the solar heat to purify water for drinking. The water is poured in clear plastic bottles and placed on the iron sheets all day long. Other projects involve education children and especially the girl child who is venerable to early pregnancies because of the conditions of living there.
Written February 23, 2013
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Cosima
7 contributions
Nairobi is a big African city, very dynamic and modern, but has also a different face that is important to know to understand the ecosystem. But if you want to see and understand how the life is in the slums, without making tourism or voyeurism, there is a specific way to make it and I had the chance to experience it. So, in the tour proposed by Moses, who were born, raised and still live in Kibera, one of the largest continuous slum in Africa, you are going to discover how people really live, and most of all how the inhabitants are creating a difference in Kibera through their social mission-driven, small businesses. Instead of feeling sad in front of this poverty, you will spend a positive day because of the hope and dynamism of these actors who are mobilizing to improve the living conditions of their community. you won't see the day go by and will be a little sad when it comes to saying goodbye to Moses, this admirable and very endearing man who will be showing benevolence and kindness throughout this afternoon. You can book your tour with Moses via Instagram @moseskiberatour, a phone number +254715184389 or send an email: njulemoses@gmail.com
Written December 4, 2019
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killercaribou
Toronto, Canada67 contributions
Couples
I visited Kibera with Maurice (Live Like a Local Safaris). I read a lot of reviews that indicated this experience was a cash grab. Mine was not and was sincerely a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Maurice grew up in Kibera and still has friends and family who live there. No better person to show you the ins and outs. I will never forget my visit. If you are reading this, Maurice--You are the best!!! :-)
Written November 29, 2018
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Metti N
6 contributions
Solo
There is no reason for tourists to go there unless they have something to contribute like money or gifts to help families. Otherwise it is making a mockery out of poverty.
Written June 14, 2017
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