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People of Kenya: Taveta

Taveta tribe

The tribe is one of the Bantu ethnicities in south central Kenya in East Africa’s district inhabiting mainly the lands between Tsavo National park and the Tanzania border, up to the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro.

The people are sometimes referred to as the Wataveta, which is the plural name of the people in their own language.

The population of the community people is around 15,000. They are often agriculturalists, though many have turned to cash crops in this modern age. Many Tavetans are occupied by commercial and subsistence farming with the main cash crop being bananas, cotton, sugarcane, exotic and tropical fruits especially mangoes, avocadoes and many horticultural produce.

The religion of this Kenya tribe is mixed, with some having converted to either Christianity or Islam, and some have retained their traditional spiritual ways.