Experiencing Kenya: An Inside Look at Remote Work Amidst Vibrant Culture and Wildlife

July 26, 2023

At OnTheGoSystems, a global company with team members spanning the globe, we take pride in our diverse team working passionately from different corners of the world.

As part of our blog series highlighting the countries where our team members reside, QA tester Javed Hassan takes us on a journey to his home – Kenya. Get set to discover the wonders of this East African country, where wildlife, history, and coastlines converge to create an unforgettable adventure.

Javed, what is Kenya known for?

Kenya is well-known for its amazing wildlife, breathtaking landscapes, rich cultural heritage, long-distance athletes, delectable coffee and tea, and much more.

Amboseli National Park from where you can see Mount Kilimanjaro
In Kenya, kahawa (coffee) is drunk from cups like this one
A remote nomadic settlement in Kargi in their traditional wear
Kuku Wa Kupaka – Chicken In Coconut Sauce

What are the two most unique and unforgettable places to visit in Kenya?

While they may not be considered the absolute top two destinations, these places are are up there and very popular among tourists:

1. The world-famous Maasai Mara National Reserve where you can see the “Big Five” (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino), as well as other amazing wildlife like cheetahs, hyenas, giraffes and antelopes roaming freely in their natural habitat.

Balloon safari
Giraffe spotted on a game drive
Wildebeest at sunset

2. The coast, which showcases a blend of African, Arab, Indian, and European influences in its culture, cuisine and architecture. You’ll also find beautiful white-sand beaches. 

Lamu Old Town, found on the East African coast, is particularly special thanks to its intricately carved wooden doors, coral stone buildings, ancient mosques, and bustling markets. It is the oldest Swahili settlement in East Africa, and is situated on Lamu Island just off the shore of Kenya, approximately 150 miles from Mombasa.

Lamu town
Typical attire worn in the coastal region

You can explore the island on foot or by traditional dhow boats, which locals still use for transport and fishing. There are no cars and the atmosphere is tranquil. The town hosts the annual week-long Lamu Maulidi Festival in June, which attracts thousands of visitors from all over the world.

What makes Kenya unique?

Here are a few distinctive aspects of Kenya:

1. Food: Ugali, a maize porridge, is a staple, along with nyama choma (grilled meat).

2. Art: Traditional Kenyan art features intricate beadwork, wood carvings, pottery, and colorful textiles.

3. Culture: Kenya is home to over 40 different ethnic groups, each with its own unique language, culture and traditions! Historically, this diversity had at times given rise to conflicts and tensions between tribes. However, when the Arabs interacted with the locals, the Swahili language was developed. It draws from Arabic and local languages, playing a crucial role in bridging divides, facilitating communication, and nurturing a sense of unity among the diverse tribes across East and Central Africa.

You’ve probably heard the phrase “hakuna matata” from The Lion King. It’s Swahili for “no worries,” and it’s all about keeping positive, no matter what.

Javed on horseback, 5 minutes from his home
There are more than 10,000 of these crocodiles 2 minutes away from where Javed lives
Diani beach

What do you like best about working remotely from Kenya?

What I appreciate most about working remotely is that I don’t have to commute. I save time and energy, and avoid the hassles of traffic and long journeys. Remote work also provides me with the opportunity to collaborate with colleagues from all over the world, offering a chance to engage with diverse perspectives and enhance my overall learning experience. And, of course, there’s the notable absence of fire drills :)

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