Small village with a big heart 

 
 1 Review

1 Review

"The Makuyu village was extremely welcoming and the people super warm. We were really able to experience some authentic village life; visiting several villagers during their daily duties, schools and markets."

 
 
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COMMUNITY

Small village, friendly people and exotic fruit

LIVELiHOOD

Farming, teaching, running small shops/bars

FAMOUS FOR

Red soil and mangoes (when the season is) 

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RELIGION

The village is  Christian

LANGUAGE

Kikuyu, Swahili
and pretty fluent English

TRAVELLERS

Unlikely to meet other foreigners

We recommend this village for those who wish to engage in conversations about gender roles, generational differences and small scale economics in Kenya. People in Makuyu are aware of societal issues and inspiring to talk to! This place is also a great fit for those who love organic, locally grown food and fresh fruit and veggies, especially during mango season (December-February).  


3 nIGHTS IN MaKUYU VILLAGE

140 EUR

ACCommodation: 

  • Private room in a local home, mosquito nets and bed sheets included

  • Home made breakfast, lunch and dinner daily

  • Shared toilet and washing facilities

activities:

  • Learning to cook local food and eating together with your host family

  • Working in the fields and learning how everything is grown     

  • Milking a cow and feeding animals

  • Picking and learning about local fruit

  • Visiting the local primary school 

6 nights IN MaKUYU VILLAGE

240 EUR

accommodation: 

  • Private room in a local home, mosquito nets and bed sheets included

  • Home made breakfast, lunch and dinner daily

  • Shared toilet and washing facilities

activities:

  • Learning to cook local food and eating together with your host family

  • Working in the fields and learning how everything is grown     

  • Milking a cow and feeding animals

  • Picking and learning about local fruit

  • Visiting the local primary school

  • Visiting the local market 

  • Going to church on Sunday with locals

  • Fetching water from the river in a traditional way

DUARA CONTACT: HARRIET

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Harriet is your responsible English-speaking contact person in Makuyu. She contacts you with further instructions and makes sure you find your way to the village and your host family. You can contact her in case you have questions before or during your stay.

"My name is Harriet. I have studied Marketing. I am friendly, love to have a good laugh. I enjoy travel to natural areas, hanging out with friends, dancing and eating new types of food. A visit to Makuyu will provide you with a new insight on different ways of life that you cannot experience anywhere else. Karibu Makuyu!"

 

 Are you hesitating to book directly? Salia from Duara is ready to answer your questions via email: salia@duaratravels.com

Are you hesitating to book directly? Salia from Duara is ready to answer your questions via email: salia@duaratravels.com


HOW TO GET THERE

Taxi: From Nairobi a taxi ride takes about 1,5 hours and will cost you 35 euros. Harriet can help in arranging a driver to take you directly to the village.

Public transport: From Nairobi’s Tearoom bus station, you can take a bus towards Nyeri and get off at Murang’a Teacher’s College. Your host family will meet you there. The ride takes about two hours and costs about 4 euros per person.

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TRAVELLER RATINGS (1 REVIEW):

Communication with the local contact:

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Hospitality of the host family:
 

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Sense of the security in the village:

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Facilities in the house you were staying at:

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TRAVELLER REVIEWS:

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MIMOSA & JANI,
FINLAND
JULY 2018

"The Makuyu village was extremely welcoming and the people super warm. We were really able to experience some authentic village life; visiting several villagers during their daily duties, schools and markets. One of the highlights was to learn how to cook with our local family, we enjoyed plenty of chapatis and avocados during our visit. Our family even held a small going away party with cake and music, with was extremely heart warming! The village is very lush and green with narrow trails, so be sure to take good and protective shoes with you (there are known to be quite a few species of snakes in these areas)."


SAVINGS GROUP

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In Makuyu, 10% of your payments goes to a local savings group, comprising of mostly women, but some men as well. The group saves up money together and meets on a weekly basis. Some of the funds are spent collectively on various projects, such as supporting some needy villagers, rearing chicken or giving each other micro loans. Part of the purpose is just creating a mechanism encouraging people to save money for their own use.