Homestay Experience

Six sterling signs that you should start a homestay

by Mugalavai Ngosiane on January 8, 2015


The New Year is here and with it come all new year resolutions like making new friends, earning more money, travelling all over the world, quitting whatever poison one indulges in and so on. Instead of latching to the clichéd resolutions like everybody else, try homestays which encompasses most of the above. For the superstitious folk; signs from the stars, tarot cards, reading palms or mumbo jumbo are not on the cards, just cold hard facts that will point you in the direction of being a host family. On to it then… [Continue Reading…]

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Hello Homestay | First Annual Homestay Index from Homestay Booking

by Mugalavai Ngosiane on December 31, 2014 recently released a report on the documenting the rapid growth of homestays in the accommodation market. The Homestay index documents how homestays are changing the accommodation market, the future of this segment and views of homestay guests and host families. [Continue Reading…]

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Guest Review – Glenda’s stay

by Mugalavai Ngosiane on August 18, 2014

Glenda St Dorcas students “A search over the internet for a homestay in Nairobi during January/February 2014, led me to Msengoni Homestays. This organisation creates ‘made to order’ homestays. When travelling to Kenya I enjoy staying in homes with a Kenyan family, rather than a hotel (which can be so impersonal). I was travelling alone and told them that my main goals were to learn Swahili, and to volunteer in a school for disadvantaged children. [Continue Reading…]

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5 Reasons that make Homestays Family Friendly

by Mugalavai Ngosiane on November 11, 2013

homestay dancersWhen travelling on holiday with the whole family, one of the primary concerns that you face is getting family-friendly accommodation. This becomes essential if the kids are young and need playing space, if you intend to keep costs at a minimum while not forgetting a comfortable place which will allow you to relax and enjoy yourself in the knowledge that the children are safe.

Towards this end, homestays offer all the above and much more which makes them suitable kid-friendly spaces. Continue below as l list out the 5 major reasons as to why you should stay with a host family during your family vacation. [Continue Reading…]


Why homestays are king for business travellers

by Mugalavai Ngosiane on August 13, 2013

homestays business travellersThe transformation of homestays from being just alternative accommodation options to professionally run enterprises has helped increase the number of beds in Kenya which has led to host families searching for guests to fill them. Hence, Kenyan host families are focusing on wooing business travellers who are different from their regular clientele by offering incentives such as peace & quiet, free Wi-Fi, all-in-one copiers and other necessary amenities.
Despite all this effort, not many business people are opting for homestays but read on if you want to know whether you are part of the exception. [Continue Reading…]