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Homestays Kenya is a marketing initiative of The Kenya Community Based Tourism Network (KECOBAT) . It's an iniative that connects travellers with local communities for an authentic travel experience in Kenya.
KECOBAT was launched in August 2003 as a membership umbrella organization representing the interest of Community Based Tourism (CBT) Organizations in Kenya. It aims to facilitate information sharing; delivering appropriate technical support and advisory services; mediating and lobbying their interests to government and other relevant institutions and thereby integrating community concerns into national tourism.
With travel trends becoming more about experiential holidays, Kenya stands a better chance of reaping from the enthusiastic travellers seeking to touch and enjoy the warmth of rural community lifestyles in the simplest of pleasures sharing in the tradition and cultures of the people. This makes the potential for homestays in Kenya, providing affordable and secure accommodation options for today’s enlightened tourists.
The development of homestays does not only bridge the gap of quality accommodation but also provide a unique opportunity for visitors to immerse themselves into the rich and diverse cultural exchange and enhance the spread of the benefits of tourism to the local communities around the country.
Kenya Community Based Tourism Network Accredits Homestays Operators. This is after Homestays Operators go through a rigorous process to ensure they meet minimum requirements to host visitors.
KECOBAT has in place a database of 1,670 Homestays Operators. Up to 200 Homestays have been accredited. However, we profile and upload on our website verified Homestays Operators only.