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Bomas of Kenya

Langata Rd | Mageso Chember, Nairobi 00200, Kenya
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Ranked #11 of 43 attractions in Nairobi
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Performances, Specialty Museums
Owner description: Each boma (homestead) in this cultural village was built using traditional specifications of myriad Kenyan tribes; through architecture, crafts, music... more » Owner description: Each boma (homestead) in this cultural village was built using traditional specifications of myriad Kenyan tribes; through architecture, crafts, music and dance this village serves to preserve Kenyan culture. « less
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Nairobi, Kenya
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

We really liked this place as it gives a nice idea how different tribes build their houses in Kenya. We also enjoyed the show that last for more than two hours. The fee is not big and gives value for the money!

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

I would recommend Bomas if you need some down time. There were traditional villages to visit and take pictures of. They all started looking the same after awhile. We then went inside to watch the dancing. You were able to buy cold drinks for the show. The show was interesting, some dances were better than others. The acrobatic team though... More

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San Jose, CA
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

I like to learn more about local culture when I travel, but unfortunately, the dance performance seemed staged and the dancers unenthusiastic.

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Nairobi, Kenya
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19 reviews 19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

There are 3 things here - 1. several example villages for some Kenyan tribes (First wife's grass house, 2nd wife's grass house, young men's grass shack, cattle corral etc.), 2. a large circular theatre with a domed roof that handles conferences and has a rather disappointing heritage musical show aimed at tourists (but with great acrobats), 3. A restaurant (average).... More

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Baltimore, Maryland
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118 helpful votes 118 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

We went to Bomas of Kenya to see and hear the traditional dancing and music. Before the performance we had lunch (pleasant outdoor setting with adequate food) and strolled though the villages on display. There are many, many village compounds from lots of tribes all over Kenya, and we found them fascinating -- although we could have benefited from more... More

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Dubai
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

A must for the traveller who likes to enjoy the culture of the place. Wildlife surely is the reason people travel to Kenya but missing the dances would be missing a big part of this cheerful country. And then the 'Acrobat' performing. A must see.

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New York City, New York
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014 via mobile

The dancers at Bomas of Kenya look as though they don't want to be present. Everyone looked sad. Considering how empty it was and that it only cost about 7.5USD, the abusive pay is probably the issue. The dancers kept messing up and had no energy. The shop there was a bunch of crap. None of it has hand made... More

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Kuwait City, Kuwait
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2014

it's one of the most enjoyable place around Nairobi. The tour there can be divided into two main attractions: the traditional dances and the tribal villages. the traditional shows starts at 2:30 on weekdays and 3:30 on weekends. my advice it to start your visit by the shows , Reach bomas 10 minutes before the shows and buy your tickets... More

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Nairobi, Kenya
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4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2014

I enjoyed the view at Bomas of Kenya, with the historical background given by my guides on the lifestyle of the ancient Kenyans from different tribes. Obama's tribe is also represented in one of the settlements built. My observation is all the doors are way too low, and I wonder why they ever built their doors low! Tip: You'd enjoy... More

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Nairobi, Kenya
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2014

I have driven past the Bomas of Kenya many times, but this week-end my family and I finally paid a visit. Make sure you time your visit to see the traditional dance and song performance which was very impressive. Equally impressive was the main auditorium which was an architectural marvel made from wood. We didn’t see all the villages since... More

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