These are the Kalenjin, Kamba, Luhya, Mijikenda, Luo, Teso, Embu, Kisii, Kikuyu and Maasai communities. Interesting facts demonstrating peaceful and cohesive living among the diverse Kenyan communities are curated well with the presence of a hall outside the village, a modern day version of a court, where it is said that the communities met to solve their differences and take on indiscipline cases. Traditional tools including horns for communication, gourds, grinding stones, traditional stools and pre-colonial identifications and money are all displayed at the facility. And have you ever wondered if there existed a ‘civilised’ community before the colonialists came? Then you have to visit Mijikenda village at Bomas of Nakuru.
Tucked away in Berea Village in Subukia sub-county along the Nakuru – Nyahururu road, Bomas of Nakuru has continued to woo cultural lovers and tourists alike. The facility serves as a hub of information on the culture and heritage of diverse Kenyan communities. The facility is a replica of the Bomas of Kenya, a tourist village found in Nairobi County, that displays communities’ traditional villages with the aim of preserving and promoting the rich and diverse cultural values of Kenyan tribes. At the Nakuru facility, well-tended flower gardens and gorgeous botanical gardens with more than 22 indigenous and medicinal trees adorn the beautiful expansive lawns.
Traditional huts known as Villages of different communicates at Bomas of a Nakuru at Berea Village in Subukia
“This is a one of a kind facility in Nakuru where tourists are able to get information on diverse Kenyan communities as well as enjoy hot afternoons under the trees away from the town’s bustling streets,” said Stephen Waweru, the facility’s owner. Visitors to the premises can expect to be treated to the traditional way of life of ten ethnic communities with ‘villages’ in place complete with their tools of communication, hunting, storage facilities and colonial documents.
Here, you will discover there was a community that was already way ahead of its time. The people never slept on floors but had make-shift beds in their Makuti-thatched houses, they even had guests’ houses, watch towers and workshop halls within the homestead. This is unlike other communities who mainly concentrated on the arrangement and decoration of huts. Apart from being a cultural hub, the facility is home to a number of tortoises, guinea fouls, ostriches, crocodiles and fish ponds. One can also expect to be treated to camel rides and fishing expeditions at the facilities’ ponds.
The facility serves as an ideal out-of-town venue where one can enjoyed the grilled nyama choma or ‘fish’ for their own delicacy. Out-door camping and bonfires are also major attractions to the site.
Source: Standard Group