Exciting new forms of travel are developing in the world that sustain and enhance the unique character of a destination, its environment, culture, heritage, aesthetics and the wellbeing of its residents.
Eco-cultural tourism is a concept in which ecological and cultural aspects of a landscape are packaged as a tourist attraction site. Eco-cultural tourism creates a win-win situation in that it helps the locals by carefully developing them into tourism products that generate considerable people recognize and preserve the immense value of their own unique culture and heritage income thus enhancing livelihoods and sustainable development.
Getting There (Western Kenya, Siaya County)
Lake Kanyaboli is the second largest ox-bow lake in Africa rich in flora and fauna. It is surrounded by Got Akara ranges and Yala swamp which is a wet land that serves as a home to several endangered species of wildlife, tree species unique to semi saline environment and lies on a migratory path of many birds. It is also adjacent to rocky hills of Gang and Kalenjuok that have massive rocks ideal for rock climbing sports and home to caves of the famous laughing hyenas of Got Ager, the dreaded `Awl`and the Columbus monkey.
The Luo people and their culture
The Kenyan Luo tribe is a subgroup of the larger Luo community that spans across Uganda, Tanzania, Sudan, Congo and Ethiopia.
The luo tribe is the third largest community in Kenya and makes up close to 13% of the entire population. History suggests that the Luo travelled along the River Nile from Sudan. They made entry into Kenya around 500 years ago and established settlements in the lands surrounding Lake Victoria- Africa’s biggest fresh water lake. Luo people are among the few Kenyan tribes that do not traditionally circumcise their males as an initiation to manhood. Instead, in Luo traditions, initiation involves the removal of six teeth from the lower jaw which is rarely practiced today but can be found practiced in some pockets of the rural communities.
Another unique Luo custom is widow inheritance whereby, if a man dies, one of his brothers or close relatives inherits his widow and must meet all of her marital requirements. The Luo mourning ceremony, tero buru, is still widely practiced. This is a unique, elaborate and dramatic ceremony that symbolizes the departure of a loved one.
While most Luos are now Christians, many still uphold most of their traditional cultural customs. This is especially true for those living in the rural areas where some of the Luo cultural practices now regarded as retrogressive are still practiced, such as polygamy and widow inheritance.
Perhaps one of the most interesting and noticeable attributes common among the elite, educated or urban Luo people is their flamboyant character and sense of style, in addition to their polished and eloquent command of the English language, otherwise known as The Queen's Englis
Medicinal Trees and Shrubs
- Rock climbing
- Traditional rod&hook fishing
- Boat rides
- Nature walks
- Bird watching
- Sports activities
where to stay around Lake Kanyaboli