Its true lots of people of European descended people own a lot of property in nicer areas in Nairobi and Mombasa but im sure u can find a nice place in Nairobi or Mombasa owned by a local.Who profits off of Kenyan tourism sector?
I was going through airbnb, looking for a nice place to stay in Kenya. Preferably calm and atypical for a great experience and I was shocked by the amount of people from European descent owning most of the places I was interested in.
Cottages, treehouses, container homes, refurbished buses... I mean nothing against European people but if I'm travelling to Africa I would prefer to give my money to locals in order to transfer wealth rather to give it back... The problem is that I just don't want to rent a plain apartment for the entirety of my stay.
I feel like in french overseas territories where the tourism sector is totally owned by some Families and where natives are somewhat exploited for folkloric usage...
In places like Diani which probably has one of the top 3 beaches on the continent locals are for sure not gaining when it comes to tourism.
And locals dont benefit from tourism in most places Ive visited from Amboseli where there are Maasai people to Diani where there are coastal communities locals do get employed but doing mostly menial work and it doesnt pay much.
Kenya should stop focussing on mass tourism at least until it becomes more developed. I would say that Kenya needs to focus on African tourists (because they have the same income levels and wont distort prices to much) and high end tourism (charge higher fees for natl parks for non-Africans). For 2 -3 years tourism will drop but the end result will end up being better.
And I will say that u will find many Kenyans/Africans who agree with you but that shouldnt keep you from visiting Kenya.
- I would recommend a day or 2 in Nairobi
- 3 days in Diani
- A day tour of Mombasa
- A visit to either Maasai Mara or Amboseli National Park (I did a tour with Kudu Hills Safaris and it wont be cheap because u arent an EAC citizen but it'll be worth it)