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The average Kenyan has opinion that all whites are loaded with the money, having it much more then really needing. They are convinced that white tourist should share some money with them, wheter buying something or just giving money on request. Some of them could really exaggerate with the prices, in particularly if estimating that tourist just arrived and have no idea about the prices. In such a cases some knowledge of swahili could be very helpfull; "wapenzi" is for expensive while "ghalli" for too expensive. The best is telling them ghalli no matter what price they asking.

What to buy: Usual local craftwerk, the best is if buying it in the villages, when exploring around.

What to pay: Kenyans aren't very skillfull traders, not in a way Arabs or Indians are. Most of them starts with very arrogant price demands, no matter if selling goods or offering services. If you found something very attractive, never showing too much interest for it, just let them know that it might your target. They must sell their goods while you could pick from whom to buy, and thats your advantage. You must cut drastically the first asked price and never be too sentimental about it. If they asked 1.000 and you finally paid 200, it is always big question wheter it was a good trade for you.

Theme: Local Craft

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Aug 27, 2011
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