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Cultural Safari

This region is the sacred centre of Kikuyu culture. For full information on Kikuyu culture and the significance of Mt Kenya, go to Mountains and visit the Cultural Safari in the Mt Kenya section.

The forests of Mt Kenya are also the lands of the Embu and the Chuka people.

The Embu are closely related to the Kikuyu, and believe themselves to be the descendants of close knit family clan. Embu history shows a gradual progression from a life of hunter gathering in the forests to formalized agriculture. This process is matched by a change in lifestyles, from life in caves and rock shelter within the forest to established homesteads with rounded huts and granaries.

The Embu have a traditional clan system, based around the extended family, and all Embu clans belonged to either of two groups, theIrumbi and theThagana.

Today, the Embu remain a strongly agricultural people, working fertile farmlands throughout this area.

The Chuka may appear to be closely related to the Embu, however they are considered part of the Meru collective.The closest relatives of the Embu are the Mbeere, with whom almost all cultural traditions are shared. The Mbeere, are also a highly agricultural community, known for their beekeeping and wild honey production.
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