The famed Bomas of Kenya is nothing less of all the praise it receives.
The cultural centre, located near The Nairobi National Park, about 12 Kilometres(7 miles) away from the City Centre is not only a domestic tourist site but also an international site. It attracts people from all walks of life. From solo travelers to just married couples and prominent people from various states around the globe.
We live to tell people about the amazing experience we had during our visit to Bomas of Kenya.
Quick Note: The entry fee is Ksh.50 and Ksh.100 for children and adults respectively.
Well, Bomas is a unique tourist site.
Once you set foot there, you will see a couple of traditional villages that are a replica of what was built in the past. That is in different cultures. That explains the name Boma, a Swahili word meaning homestead. When Bomas was established by the Kenya Tourist Development Corporation, one of the main aims was to conserve the different tribes’ cultures.It is an interesting place to visit as best friends, friends, family and also as a couple. A school’s administration can also plan a trip to this EDUCATIVE SITE for its students.
At Bomas, we had the chance to learn a lot about different tribes in our country. In case you are wondering, ‘Why not just attend a History & Geography class?’ or ‘Why not borrow a History book from the library?’ you should know that most of the knowledge one gathers during the tour would probably not even be found in most books. To add on that, it is also a fun and relaxed way of learning. Don’t you think so?
Literal explanation and site seeing is what we treasured most.
It opened up our minds on our view of our country’s cultural history.
Besides the traditional homestead, The Bomas of Kenya also offers a platform for one to listen to traditional songs and watch traditional dances from different cultures in Kenya. The traditional songs and dances livened up our day as we tried to sing along to some familiar songs. It was hilarious!
It wasnot just the melodies and familiarity that captivated us but also the messages brought out by the dances.
As a tourist, one gets the opportunity to know the songs sang during the birth of a child and the difference between the songs sang for a girl and those sang for a boy by the different Kenyan communities. By watching the dances, one can also learn the social activities of each tribe and you can actually see a distinct difference between them and at times convergence points of each of those cultures.
The tour guide we got, made the experience even better since he explained everything in detail.
In Kenya, most people in the villages have transitioned from the culturally built houses to the modern structures and therefore, chances are that, those born in the near future may not have a chance of seeing what traditional houses actually looked like.
However, history at Bomas cannot be erased and that is why people who hear about it are intrigued. For us who have seen our traditional homes back at the village, we gain from Bomas by seeing a VARIETY. Not only our tribes’ cultures but a variety of different tribes too. PS – It is also an opportunity to learn about who slept where in the cultures where polygamy was allowed.
Once you begin planning a tour to Bomas of Kenya, you donot have to worry about WHERE YOU WILL EAT. At any point during your tour, you and your party can walk into a restaurant that is within the ground of Bomas and have decent meals at an affordable price.
SET A DATE FOR YOU AND THE FIRST PERSON YOU THINK OF (they say, the first person you think of, is the right person) TO VISIT BOMAS OF KENYA. WE BET YOU WILL THANK US LATER FOR THE DELIGHTFUL INSIGHT.
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