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What are Homestays?

Posted on 6 March, 2018 by Administrator

What are Homestays?

What exactly is a homestays?

A homestay is not a hotel, motel nor a typical B & B. It is a non-commercialized, private residence with paying guests who enjoy staying in the comfort and security of a family home. Further, these guests will stay in the family home for an extended period of time. Home stay is a home owner-occupied private residence where the primary aim is residence, and the secondary purpose is providing accommodation to a few paying guests. It is safe, affordable housing for visitors looking to experience and learn the host’s lifestyle.

Homestay is a home-away-from-home

A homestay is typically located in a residential area where the Home stay Host welcomes one or more guests to share their home. The home owner may have one or more rooms to rent. It is usually a very relaxed type of accommodation, keeping the majority of space for the Hosts family.

Criteria for Identifying Homestays

Identification of Homestay units is carried out by the Ministry of East African Affairs, Commerce and Tourism in collaboration with the Kenya Community Based Tourism Network for the purpose accreditation, approval and licensing based on categorization into types of Homestays namely Community Homestays, Farmstays and Modern urban private homes and grading into classes following Five (5) broad criteria:-

  • Location and accessibility of the house.
  • Premises quality in Terms of Facilities and Amenities for Offering to Tourists.
  • Hygiene and Sanitation
  • Safety and Security.
  • General Services