A Guide To Bomas of Kenya
Bomas of Kenya is a tourist village in Nairobi. Bomas (homesteads) displays traditional villages of Kenyan communities. It was established in 1971 as a subsidiary company of the Kenya Tourist Development Corporation as a tourist attraction.
In a nation so rich in culture but whose heritage is threatened by modernity, celebrating culture is perhaps the only way to safeguard it. Bomas of Kenya has a series of cultural shows that promote Kenya’s rich cultural diversity. The fetes create cultural ambassadors from all communities to promote The rich culture beyond borders. The popular bonanza brings together Kenyans from diverse cultural backgrounds in the display of talent in music, dance, theatre, drama, fashion show, poetry recitals, comedies, sports and games, exhibitions, seminars, beauty contests and body building. Bomas of Kenya also aims preserve, maintain and promote rich and diverse cultural values of various communities.
With the growing interest in cultural heritage, growth in cultural tourism has, increased. As the premier institution in cultural resource preservation and management, Bomas of Kenya plays a big role in the development and promotion of cultural tourism in Kenya.
Bomas of Kenya Location
It is 10 km from the capital city and it is accessible from international hotels and conference facilities in Nairobi. It is near the major international and local airports — Jomo Kenyatta and Wilson. It is also next to Nairobi National Park.
Facilities at Bomas of Kenya
Bomas of Kenya has capacity and flexibility to host almost any type of function and comfortably cater for up to 3,000 guests. The facilities include The Auditorium an African model amphitheater that comfortably sits up to 2500 persons. The auditorium is equipped with state of art theater lighting and a sparkling wooden floor suitable for stage shows as well as for ballroom events. A raised stage can be availed for stage shows and VIP functions. The auditorium is equipped with a PA System and 24 channel sound consolable to audio record live proceeding.
International standard gymnasium indoor games (volleyball, badminton, table tennis and darts), soft-carpeted hall that can sit 2,000 people, a mini-hall of international standard ideal for workshops and a soft-carpeted hall arranged to sit 300 people for stage shows.
There is also a children amusement park, an outdoor football, volleyball and tug-of-war field, a filming and picnic sites, a secure car park for 3,000 cars and traditional costumes for hire.
Bomas boosts of an executive lounge and 3 meeting rooms that are suitable for holding AGMs exhibitions, end of year functions, wedding reception and official government building and award ceremonies for both local and international, and conferencing.
Located in the Utamaduni Restaurant, Simba room can be arranged to sit up to 80 persons for seminars, workshops and AGMs.
Located in the Utamaduni Restaurant, Ndovu room can sit up to 12O persons for seminars, workshops and exhibitions.
Multi Purpose Hall
The hall is soft carpeted and is ideal for conferences, workshops, seminars, exhibitions and social gatherings. The hall can be used as an international standard gymnasium for indoor games such as volleyball, badminton, table tennis and darts.
At the Bomas of Kenya there is Utamaduni restaurant that serves a wide variety of delectabe meals of International and Local cuisine. We have two operational bars in the restaurant.
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This is a best place to enjoy a cross section of different Kenyan traditional dances and songs from the 42 tribes of Kenya. Others include: traditional villages, an acrobatic team and a children’s amusement park. Sports activities include: outdoor football, volleyball, tag of war, Indoor volley ball, badminton, table tennis, scrabble and darts. Bomas of Kenya is also a wonderful filming site. Secure and ample car park with a holding capacity of up to 3,000 vehicles. Plans are underway to introduce nature trail excursions, camping sites, picnic sites and cycling tracks.
Bomas of Kenya Entry Fee
School parties for nursery and high schools students are charged Ksh. 50 per pupil, while university and college students pay Ksh. 100.00 per head.
Adult Ksh. 200
Children Ksh. 50
Resident/East African Community
Adult Ksh. 300
Children Ksh. 200
Students Ksh. 200
Adult Ksh. 1, 000
Children Ksh. 500
University/College Students Ksh. 500
How to get to Bomas of Kenya
By road: Bomas of Kenya is located 10 km from Nairobi city center, and about 1 Km from Nairobi National Park. Bus or matatu 125 and 126 run here from Nairobi train station (KSh 80, 30 minutes). Get off at Magadi Rd, from where it’s about a 1 km walk, clearly signposted on the right-hand side of the road. A taxi should cost KSh 1500 to KSh 2000.
A Map to Bomas of Kenya
Bomas of Kenya Contacts
Attraction Type: Culture
Category: Community Tourism, Cultural Centre
City / Town: Nairobi
Road / Street: Langata Road
Telephone: 254 20 889 1801
254 20 889 0793
Fax: [+254 20] B91409
Cell: [+254] 7 1 9 075000
Email: [email protected]
Entrance Fee: Yes