As part of our extensive eco-interface, we offer cultural visits to local villages. Here, our visitors are invited to enter a typical ethnic home, watch a dance display, or beading and handicrafts being done. You will have the opportunity to see how the farmers manage diverse crops such as dry land beans, Aloe Vera plants and pastoral activity, such as cattle and goat maintenance. Often they will also be invited to purchase locally-made items- much more authentic than those available in the usual gift shops. Part of the eco-cultural revolution, cultural visits play a vital part both in ensuring that the people of East Africa benefit from the national tourism income, and that Africa’s ancient cultural heritage is sustained and supported for the future. All the members of the visited village will receive a payment from the conservancy, which helps to provide benefits such as clean water, health, education, jobs etc. Village members are, therefore, more than happy to cooperate with the scheme. A naturally welcoming and friendly people, the East Africans are genuinely delighted to welcome guests and meet people from other countries.
For those that have the time to go further afield up into the Taita Hills there is much to see; skull caves, waterfalls, natural tropical forest, rock climbing.
We can arrange to drive you to Wundanyi, about an hour and a half from Lions Bluff, have some refreshment at the Lavendar Hotel and acquire a guide to take you to the skull caves, 5 minutes drive away at Mwasungia. The caves are collapsing but the skulls remain. The youngest dates back to the 1920s. People travelled vast distances to these caves to commune with their god and offer sacrifices in return for their health. Their God was believed to be responsible for creating rain and taking the water back to the skies. This, it was believed, was where everyone went when they died. Nearby one can visit the small waterfalls and enjoy the beautiful landscape, once forested, now farmed in this area, dubbed ‘ little Switzerland’ because of its stunning hilly terrain and breathtaking views.
From there it is about half an hour’s drive through more stunning scenery with some challenging driving to reach Ngang’ao forest. Untouched rainforest under the care of the Forestry Commission, one can be guided through thick, dripping vegetation in the hope of seeing rare birds and butterflies which only exist here.
About 45 minutes drive from here one can climb Wesu Rock, either as a real rock climber where one will need ropes and equipment or a brisk stroll to the top to enjoy yet another panoramic view for miles over the Taitas.