Why Stay with a Host Family

By Kenya, Travel

“A nation’s culture resides in the heart and soul of the people.” – Gandhi

When one decides to explore a new land, the best way to truly learn the country, it’s people and culture is to experience it like a local, with locals!

Highly vetted and exclusively curated, our host families are hand-picked from a large sampling who have extensive experience and training, while undergoing a rigorous background check each year through the Kenyan Directorate of Criminal Investigations. Think you’ll be uncomfortable? Think again. Luxuriate in residences which are inviting and feature creature comforts including nourishing hot showers, accessible broadband WIFI, lovely private bedrooms – your home away from home! 

A host family shares the wonder and secrets of Kenya providing an in-depth experience beginning the minute you touch down on the African continent. With open arms they’ll welcome you as family with warmth and affection. Delicious domestic cuisine is shared so you can truly enjoy the pleasures of homeland food. At each turn, you are genuinely cared for. While this experience might not be for everybody, living with a host family affords you opportunities unavailable and unlike any other. To richly explore areas which are inaccessible to others visiting multiple indigenous villages engaging with the elders while unearthing their vibrant heritage, shopping the colorful, artisan street markets unknown to tourists, learning the craft-making skills of the natives, negotiating the best price for that perfect gift to bring home, all of it confidently overseen by your host mother. Family certainly doesn’t get better than this!

Perhaps the most compelling reason is the uniquely sustainable gift realized by the host family benefiting from your excursion. Not only are they fairly and well compensated, but all the numerous touch points along the way benefit from your engagement. From the host family to the private driver who ensures safe passage, to the landmark experiences, to the craftspeople, to the tribal elders and villagers. All of it, every last step, is dedicated to ensuring a more authentic, charismatic and decidedly sustainable type of travel.

This is the SKYIN way of travel and we can’t wait to share it with you!

Last modified: December 8, 2021

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