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Kibera

Nairobi

The Basics

While the thought of visiting one of the world’s largest urban slums might sound overwhelming, the experience of spending a few hours in this vibrant, multifaceted community is an educational one. With its maze-like network of unmarked streets and narrow alleys, Kibera is best visited on a small-group or private tour led by a guide from the community who can shed light on the inspiring creativity, resilience, and ingenuity employed by Kibera residents to survive under challenging circumstances in what they call the “city of hope.”

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Recent reviews from experiences in Nairobi

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Truly Educational
David_P, Aug 2021
Kevins Kibera Slum Tours
Kibera is not for the faint of heart; it’s an overcrowded district where some of the poorest people in Kenya struggle to make life work for them. Kevin makes it all come alive for you, giving you a sense of the challenges and possibilities for its residents; he’s a generous and thoughtful host. Truly eye opening and well worth the time. As a note, wear shoes that you can afford to get dirty as this is a tour that’s heavy on the walking.
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Great!
Alice_C, Jun 2021
See Kibera with a Non-Profit Leader
Great cause and experience with excellent guides! Thank you! Would recommend everyone to do it!!!!!!
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Kibera
Ion_B, Sep 2021
Kibera Slum Guided Tour from Nairobi
We booked last minute and it was a great decision. The tour guide Paul was awesome !!! We went to Kibera and it was a lot of fun to see how people leave there and have their small little businesses . Also we asked if we could ride on the local bus that has very loud music with lots of TVs screens , he was able to arrange it and it was a wild drive to experience it with the local people . If you never seen the slams you definitely should consider using this company and definitely request for Paul.
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Very good, a must see
Florian_N, Jun 2020
See Kibera with a Non-Profit Leader
It was really perfect and felt very save, even if I was alone. If you want a really genuine experience book the tour. There wasn't any point where I felt wrong and I glad I did even if originally thought it would be a bit unfriendly to the people who live in kibera to do a "slum tour". In the end everybody was nice to me and I don't want to miss the things I have experienced there.
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Great Tour
mannyatlga, Feb 2020
Memorable Daily KIBERA Slums/Toi Market Tour with Locals (2 hours)
Great tour, very informative and eye-opening. As mention in other reviews, make sure you dress appropriately (good sturdy shoes that can get wet/muddy).
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Inside kibera
PrinceKareem_L, Mar 2020
Kibera Slum Guided Tour from Nairobi
Wow! Is the only way I can describe my experience touring kibera. TOM my tour operator was outstanding in proving background history and knowledge of kibera. Tom linked us with Willie, our local kibera guide and my experience elevated even more. Willie is still a resident and his presence allowed me to see and interact with the community in a way that I wouldn't have been allowed to do without him. Willie even took me to his home, introduced me to his family and allowed me to the essence of how the people in kibera live day to day. Highly recommend
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most expressive experience in Kenya
Meri_N, Feb 2020
Cross cultural exchange in Kibera
It was my most impressive experience in Kenya. This tour shows not only the outline of Kibera but also how people live in reality. The environment may be shocking to people from developed countries. However, smiles of children are heart-warming. I was really surprised at the fact that people in Kibera were friendly. From the point of view of security, I felt it was safer in Kibera with the reliable coordinator of the tour rather than in the central of Nairobi. Above all, Lucas, the coordinator of the tour is reliable and gentle person. I strongly recommend this tour.
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A Different View of Nairobi
Ernest_F, Feb 2020
Full Day Kibera Slum Tour
Take a break from the 4 star hotels and museums for a day and experience an eye-opening, heart-tugging day to learn how some of the less-fortunate citizens live. My guide Lucas was a pleasant, intelligent and lovely young man who showed me the obvious poverty and struggle of the slums, but also introduced me to many of the lovely people who live there with pride and struggle daily to make it better. Highlights were meals with the locals, and a visit to a new school dedicated to educating the kids in the hope of a better future for them. This tour is not for everyone. But if you want to learn, feel and perhaps make a small difference in the lives of others, this is a profound and unique opportunity to do so. Thank you Lucas, my new friend!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • A Kibera tour can be an education experience, allowing for a better understanding of Nairobi and its history.

  • Wear closed-toed shoes suitable for walking over uneven surfaces.

  • It’s best to leave unnecessary valuables like jewelry and large cameras in your hotel room.

  • Profits from Kibera tours sometimes go toward funding community projects.

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How to Get There

Catching a bus or matatu from center city to the outskirts of Kibera is easy, but without a tour guide, finding a bus for the return trip can be difficult. Travelers can walk the streets alone safely, but traveling with a tour guide familiar with the narrow passes and abandoned railways can make navigation easier and the experience more insightful.

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When to Get There

The best time to visit the Kibera slum is during daytime business hours when it’s possible to see the neighborhood’s inventive industries in full swing. January, February, and July through October are the driest and most pleasant months weather-wise.

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A Note on the Ethics of Slum Tourism

We are sensitive to the issues and concerns surrounding slums, and we understand that tours of them may not be suitable for everyone. We strongly believe that these tours are educational and allow for a better understanding of life inside Kibera.

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