About 10 kilometres from the Nairobi central business district, at the junction of Lang’ata and Magadi roads, is one of Kenya’s veritable repository of culture, the Bomas of Kenya. Its mandate, so well articulated in its brochure, is to “preserve Kenya’s rich and diverse cultures”.
Lush and serene greenery welcomes you as you make your way from the main entrance to the auditorium. All around, wild hogs from the adjacent Nairobi game reserve graze unhurriedly on the grass.
For many, the first stop is the main auditorium, where one can watch dance and skits from diverse ethnic groups of Kenya. On weekdays, the show is on from 2.30pm to 4pm, while on weekends, it’s from 3.30pm to 5.15pm. An entrance fee is charged.
For matters culinary, Utamaduni Restaurant offers both Kenyan and international cuisine. Though the menu does not list cuisine from every ethnic group of Kenya, with prior arrangement, any Kenyan delicacy that is not on the menu can be prepared.
A visit to Bomas of Kenya is incomplete without a walk through the traditional homesteads.