Incredible Authentic African Wooden Masks on a Worldwide Gifts Fridge Magnet
This beautiful souvenir from Kenya shows one of the locales most iconic and historical traditions, wooden masks hand-carved by woodworkers who have passed down their skills from generation to generation over centuries. A wooden mask from Mombasa is perhaps the most representative keepsake one could acquire during an African vacation, and this picture perfectly represents the age-old Kenyan mask-making tradition.
The Akamba tribe of Kenya is world-renowned for its skills at mask making and carve most of their masks out of the wood of the mahogany tree. Masks are used to mark a boy's transition from childhood to adulthood, they are used in many ritual ceremonies and have been worn by African warriors for hundreds of years. Each type of mask represents certain spiritual elements and are fantastic works of art endowed with powerful meaning in African culture. Kenyan masks have been desirable to art collectors since the first non-African visited Kenya.
Interesting Sites to Include in Your Kenyan Vacation Itinerary
Diani Beach is one of the main attractions in the Mombasa vicinity, a beautiful beach resort on the Indian Ocean that is a tropical paradise. Pristine white sands, crystal clear waters and gorgeous coral reefs make this beach a wonderful place for a relaxing vacation. Diani Beach is also known for being a popular kitesurfing destination.
Nearby is the Shimba Hills National Reserve, a nature preserve for many endangered wildlife, woodlands and grasslands. It's an elephant sanctuary, the home of the Sable Antelope, and also a bird and butterfly sanctuary. The Arabuko Sokoke Forest Reserve is another special place for a Kenyan photo safari, with breathtaking waterfalls, and an incredible wildlife population that includes the Terek Sandpiper, the Golden Elephant Shrew, baboons, elephants, mongoose, and Vervet Monkeys.