Tired of looking at animals?

February 26, 2007 at 9:00 am 4 comments

Hungry Namibian cheetahIf you’ve spent the last few holidays aimlessly wandering around the Masai Mara in Kenya or the Kruger National Park in South Africa looking for that elusive cheetah or that darting shadow of a leopard, then you can look forward to a new type of holiday. Forget the cheetah and the leopard and take a tour around the Kibera slum in Kenya. Whip your digital camera out and snap poverty-stricken human animals in various stages of despair; tread the well-worn slum paths strewn with rubbish and take a whiff of that intoxicating “eau de sewerage” smell.

Honestly, I have not come across a more bizarre or disturbing article than this on slum tourism in Kenya. What on earth??? I’m not sure I can truly imagine anyone who would want to tour the slum so they could proudly say they’d been close to poverty! not to mention the embarrassment, humiliation and indignity that residents of Kibera must suffer as tourists (presumably dripping with accoutrements of global brands) rush through the area asking residents to line up so their photo can be taken.

As a quote in the article said: “…… how do Kenyans themselves feel about this back-handed compliment as the custodians of backwardness, filth, misery and absolute deprivation?”.

We can only hope slum tourism is not about to become the next big tourist thing and that people can come up with far more constructive and helpful ways to alleviate poverty.


Entry filed under: Bizarre, Social problems, Society.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Darren  |  May 4, 2007 at 5:03 pm

    A great web blog thanks for this info. I will tell a few friends about this site as its a great read.

  • 2. thinkingshift  |  May 4, 2007 at 9:44 pm

    Hi Darren
    Thx for visiting ThinkingShift and leaving your comment! Hope you and your friends keep visiting. I’m one of many who are trying to raise awareness of stuff that’s happening in our environment (along with other things I’m curious about). Feel free to leave me a comment if you want to read about anything specific.
    Kim Sbarcea

  • 3. got_u_shook  |  June 19, 2007 at 3:17 pm

    as a Kenyan resident, i am in rage! Slum tourism! We have much more to offer than just animals. Do your homework dude!

  • 4. thinkingshift  |  June 19, 2007 at 9:45 pm

    I have been to Kenya 5 times and of course there is much more to Kenya that the Kibera slum area. The point of the post is to point out that poverty still exists; attention needs to be brought to this. Kenya is a very beautiful country, we know this, no argument. Check out one of my later posts about the good news re pink flamingos on Lake Nakuru https://thinkingshift.wordpress.com/2007/05/02/thinkingshift-good-news-story-2/#comments


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