Bomas of Kenya: Culture Preserved

Bomas of Kenya
Bomas of Kenya. Picture by fletchstix via flickr

A tourist village in Kenya’s capital Nairobi, Bomas of Kenya was established by the government in 1971 to preserve, maintain and promote Kenya’s rich diverse cultural values from different ethnic groups. The Bomas of Kenya is also a popular tourist attraction centre that displays and presents Kenya’s culture and heritage in its purest form.

Luo traditional dance
Luo traditional dance

Bomas of Kenya is one of Kenya’s establishments that is striving to promote cultural tourism. Using the abundant cultural resources as a tool for creating economic development, the establishment is also preserving Kenya’s diverse culture for future generations.

Attractions at the Bomas of Kenya

Cultural shows

There are daily cultural shows centred on the diverse cultural backgrounds of Kenya’s 42 ethnic communities including music, dance and exhibitions.

The Bomas Harambee Dancers perform daily a cross section of traditional dances and songs from different Kenyan ethnic groups in traditional costumes with an array of accompanying traditional instruments.

Meru Dancers
Meru Dancers

Traditional villages

The word “Boma” refers to “African homesteads”. There are several traditional villages each representing one of Kenya’s major ethnic groups and built to original architecture of African homesteads, hence the name Bomas of Kenya.

Kamba VIllage
Kamba VIllage

Visitors can take a guided tour of the traditional villages and experience the traditional Kenyan lifestyle.

Kuria Village
Kuria Village
Mijikenda Village
Mijikenda Village
Masai Village
Masai Village
Kikuyu Village
Kikuyu Village