Community-based tourism around Mida Creek

With its beautiful creek and mangrove forest, Mida Creek is the perfect area to experience community-based tourism on the tropical Kenyan coast.
Community-based tourism around Mida Creek

Responsible tourism: Mida Creek nature camp

Mida Creek nature camp is a non-profit organisation, that supports the local Giriama Community around the Mida Creek. It’s led by Harrison Hare Karise, a Watamu native and member of the community.

The camp has the aim to use tourism as a source of income for the local community. The area is beautiful and they built the camp for travellers to experience the local Giriama life.

Responses

  1. This is an excellent idea of CBT. I have learnt many new ideas I can reciplicate within our organization – LENACO. Also a non-profit organization working with the indigenous Maasai community on the slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro, LENACO faces more less the same challenges as Mida Creek nature camp. With more restrictions on getting materials from the nearby forests, the community is seeking alternative ways of generating sustainable incomes.
    A community that traditionally depended on livestock herding, they are slowly adopting different livelihoods like small scale farming for the women, establishing small enterprises(self- help groups) for business and selling the home-made products and handcrafts. The Maasai community however faces continuous challenges because of the seasonal draught in the area, which was severe this year, leaving many families with shortage of food. Encouragement of wild animals on the little food that is left in the fields, makes the situation even worse.
    Its therefore under such hard conditions that LENACO is trying to open the area to tourism as a way of generating alternative incomes for the local community. Fortunately we have identified a number of attractive packages for CBT like, hiking, walks, cycling in the wide, camping, picnics, game drives, taking part in local activities like milking/ grazing goats, singing and dancing with the maasai women, weaving and crafting even experiencing a traditional Maasai wedding of your own. All this goes to supporting the local community especially women.

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