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Ruiki Kikuyu Cultural Centre Day Tour of Nairobi
Rioko Nairobi Day Tour That Provides Vocational Entertainment and Cultural Education about the Kikuyu Traditional Culture for Locals, School Teams and International Visitors

(Riuki Cultural Centre is located in Githunguri, Kiambu. The Centre portrays Kikuyu rural life and culture both in outlook and activities)

 

 

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Kikuyu Hut

Kikuyu Traditionally built hut


 

Riuki Kikuyu Culture & Traditional Centre

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Riuki Cultural Centre is located about 25 km's outside of Nairobi, Kenya in the Kikuyu Heartland of Kiambu. To get there you drive via Kiambu, Central Province District Headquarter past Ndumberi, Tinganga and Ikinu Villages to Karia Village through lush green agricultural Gikuyu country until you reach Riuki Cultural Centre.

 

You will be received by Dr. Kinuthia Njoroge in person, the guide and a host of children. Riuki Cultural Centre is run by Dr. Kinuthia Njoroge, who built a traditional Kikuyu village homestead to show local children the history and customs of the Kikuyu community.

 

The Kikuyu are the largest community in Kenya, and have always played a central role in the development of the independent Nation. Kenya is famous for its 42 cultures, but other than the nomadic Masai and Samburu, not many of these are widely known to the outside world.

 

Riuki Cultural Centre is devoted to the Kikuyu, Kenya’s largest tribe (forming approximately 25% of the total population or 7 million people) and offers a unique experience of this tradition rich culture existing in a modern world.

 

For this reason, many may believe that modern influence has eroded the traditional way of life for the Kikuyu tribe who mainly live around the capital city and the highlands.

 

Now visitors to Kenya can come to Riuki Cultural Centre and spend a day learning more about the Kikuyu tribe and their culture. Some of the cultural activities available include a guided tour of the Kikuyu village, Kikuyu traditional doctor cleansing ceremonies, Kikuyu traditional food and drinks tasting, Kikuyu traditional dances, a lecture on the Kikuyu tribe traditional lifestyle.

 

 

 

Riuki Cultural Centre Lunch Tour (2.5 Hour Tour)

Riuki Cultural Centre Lunch Tour gives you the opportunity to enjoy traditional Kikuyu food while being entertained by Kikuyu Traditional Dancers. The lunch tour is normally between 1200 Hours and 1430 Hours.

 

Return transportation from Nairobi Included

2015 Departures Price: 200 US Dollars Per Person (Non-Resident Rate | Request for Resident Rates)


Riuki Cultural Centre 4 Hour Tour (Morning or Afternoon)

Riuki Cultural Centre 4 Hour tour includes a guided tour of the village, traditional doctor cleansing ceremonies, traditional dances, traditional food tasting, a lecture on Kikuyu traditional lifestyle, visits to tea/coffee farms, factories, church, a local school.

 

The morning tour departs Nairobi city at 0900 Hours and returns back at 1300 Hours. The afternoon tour departs Nairobi at 1400 Hours and returns back in city at 1800 Hours.

 

Return transportation from Nairobi Included

2015 Departures Price : 300 US Dollars Per Person (Non-Resident Rate | Request for Resident Rates)


Riuki Cultural Centre Overnight Home-Stay

A guided tour of the village, traditional doctor cleansing ceremonies, traditional dances, traditional barbecue lunch, a lecture on Kikuyu traditional lifestyle, visits to tea/coffee farms, factories, church, a local school, time to include overnight at Riuki Cultural Centre with evening experience of culture with people. Accommodation on banana fiber as in the past with a bonfire.

 

This is a Home stay with a Kikuyu family for a complete African experience where you interact and dine with a Kikuyu family and enjoy African hospitality. Guests meet with community and participate in homestead activities by living and sharing with them.

 

Return transportation from Nairobi Included

2015 Departures Price : 500 US Dollars(Non-Resident Rate | Request for Resident Rates)

 

 

 

Riuki Kikuyu Culture Day Tour Itinerary

Riuki Cultural Centre tour departs daily in the morning (African Spice Safaris) will pick you up from your hotel or residence in Nairobi) and travel to Kiambu Town then through Ndumberi, Tinganga and Ikinu Villages to Karia Village along lush and green agricultural.

 

The Kikuyu country is rich with banana plantations and coffee trees. Upon arrival you will be received by Dr. Kinuthia Njoroge in person, the guide and a host of the Centre.

 

Riuki Cultural Centre tour begins with exploring a traditionally built hut with an explanation of how the traditional society operated. Communities always remained bound by strict and strong ties of clan loyalty and an even stronger sense of tribal unity - There was an age set system among young men, known as Mariika, but all clans and villages (itura) always paid deference to the wisdom and law of the tribe.

 

After the hut tour follows Riuki Cultural Centre traditional Songs, Proverbs, Dances, Myths and Legends of the Kikuyu to life. A group of local women perform for visitors, with a series of dances traditionally performed at weddings and initiations and to sing songs.

 

These are simple love and courting songs, traditional hunting songs and chants used when going to work in the fields. The highlight of the tour is a chance to sample a typical Kikuyu meal - delicious healthy food including sweet potatoes, Githeri (a maize and bean stew), Mukimo (a mashed combination of green peas and potato) with roasted goat and Irio, a great Kikuyu favorite.

 

Riuki Cultural Centre food is prepared by Dr. Njoroge’s two wives. Riuki Cultural Centre also displays of traditional medicine, healing and divination.

 

Riuki Cultural Centre Tour can include extended programs to visit local farms and schools, or even spend the night under the stars by a campfire on a traditional banana fiber mat, or to spend the night in a specially arranged Home stay in a typical Kikuyu home.

 

For anyone with a free day in Nairobi, the Riuki Cultural Centre is an excellent way to discover more about the Kikuyu culture as you make many new friends on your safari. Kindly contact African Spice Safaris for a special arrangement to the above excursion.

 

 

Kikuyu Woman

Kikuyu Woman

The Kikuyu Culture History

According to Kikuyu mythology, all of creation began at the summit of Mount Kenya. The icy peak was the realm of Ngai, the Supreme Creator, who descended from the heavens to his mountainous throne to survey his newly created lands.

 

The mountain became Kirinyaga, his resting place, and it was from here that he called forth Gikuyu, the father of the Kikuyu people. Ngai told him that all of the lands around Kirinyaga would be the home of Gikuyu and his children forever.

 

He sent Gikuyu to grove of Fig trees, where he found a woman called Mumbi. This grove would become known as Mukuru wa Nyagathanga, the birthplace of all Kikuyu, still revered as a sacred place.

Among the fig trees, Gikuyu and Mumbi produced nine daughters - Wanjiku, Wanjiru, Wanjeri, Wambui, Wangari, Wacera, Waithera, Wairimu, and Nyambura. (Traditionally all Kikuyu girls should be given one of these names).

 

The girls grew into beautiful young women, who each full moon wandered the lands around Kirinyaga in search of men so that they could bear children. They begged their father to appeal to Ngai for help. Finally he bowed before the Mountain, and Ngai commanded him to make sacrifice among the figs and light a fire.

 

The sacrifice of a goat beneath a fig tree is still considered a way to call rain in times of drought, but in this first case it was a different form of life sustaining rain that Gikuyu sought. After the sacrifice he plunged nine sticks into a fire, and prayed. The fire erupted into an inferno, from which nine strong young men emerged.

 

Giving thanks, Gikuyu took them back to his daughters, and the nine marriages were blessed by Ngai.

 

Each of the daughters made her own homestead, and nine separate clans of the Kikuyu were born. the unity of these clans was known as the Nyumba ya Mumbi, in honor of their Mother. The peak of Kirinyaga has since remained the sacred home of Ngai. As at Riuki, all Kikuyu homesteads were traditionally built to face this Holy Mountain.

 


 

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