Kenya is a country with diverse ethnicities. The country has thirteen main ethnic groups and 27 smaller groups. The majority belong to the 'Bantu', 'Nilotic' and 'Hamitic' tribes. Even though every tribe has its own culture, there are some similar local customs you should be aware of when visiting Kenya.
Getting to know the local customs of Kenyans
Just like the climate in the East African region, Kenyans are very warm people. Communities are very welcoming, with extraordinary happy dances and entertaining traditional songs when visitors come to town. The people there love the outdoors, and when they encounter familiar people, it always starts with a warm greeting. This particular warm-greeting scene can be applied to almost every other situation: a person enters a store, before he does anything else he shakes the shop attendant's hand and would engage in some small talk, before he goes on with the business that brought him there. Before the customer leaves the store, a warm goodbye, as well as greetings to be passed to his family and relatives, are exchanged.
When women meet other women, they also start by shaking hands. Though there are still some communities in Kenya that restrict women from greeting men by shaking their hands. In a sophisticated context, this restriction does not carry as much weight.