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Bomas of Kenya

Duration: Half Day

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If you want to experience the rich culture and traditions of the local people during your holiday in Kenya, this tour will give you a fascinating insight into traditional village life and the diversity of its tribes.

Visiting Bomas of Kenya is like experiencing a miniature Kenya in one main complex. Located in Langata, just outside Nairobi National Park, this unique cultural centre is a fascinating attraction for tourists and school children looking to learn more about traditional life in this beautiful part of the African continent. The centre was set up as a tourist attraction by the Government of Kenya in 1971, in order to promote and preserve the wonderful diversity of cultures and values of different ethnic groups throughout Kenya. This has successfully been portrayed through vibrant shows and interesting exhibitions to both educate and enlighten visitors.

The complex hosts a traditional village where visitors can explore different Bomas (meaning "African homesteads") to gain an insight into Kenyan rural life. Each Boma represents one of Kenya's main ethnic tribes, which fall into three major cultural groups: Bantu, Nilotic, and Cushitic. The Bomas are built in the traditional architectural style of a typical African home, similar to that of their ancestors before them.

Bomas of Kenya also boasts the biggest amphitheatre in Africa, which can seat over 3,000 people. The theatre is equipped with state-of-the-art sound and lighting equipment for special effects on stage. A series of colourful tribal cultural shows are performed here every day, enabling visitors to enjoy a celebration of traditional dancing, music, songs and theatre, as well as fashion shows, crafts, exhibitions and seminars. Seeing the world famous Harambee Dancers, the only resident dance company in Kenya, is one of the highlights of the day. Watch the dancers moving across the stage in a blaze of vibrant colour, to the rhythmic beats of the African drums. The rich array of artistic talent will surprise and delight you.

Other facilities in the centre include a gymnasium, children’s amusement park, nature trails, picnic sites and various sports facilities for volleyball, table tennis, football and badminton. There is also a restaurant which serves a range of traditional African dishes, hot snacks and refreshments.

This fascinating living museum will make you want to celebrate Kenya’s rich heritage, culture and traditions just like the locals do.

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