Discover The Western Heritage Circuit- National Museums Of Kenya
Discover The Western Heritage Circuit
This 78 acre site dates back to about 19million years ago, with evidence of a large variety of animals living here. The fossil hominoids collected from this site range from small to bigger apes. With enough evidence that the proconsul africanus lived at this site, so far eight species of hominoids have been identified.
2. KIT MIKAYI
According to the Luo history, these famous rocks are the place where Mike (the mother of Luo tribe) sheltered herself after a long journey down the Nile. The local people still believe that Mike could be spotted around this place today. These huge stones were naturally made on top of one another leaving a cave believed to have been the house of Mikaye.
3. SIMBI NYAIMA SITE
Simbi Nyaima means the village that sank. Simbi Nyaima is actually a crater lake a few kilometers from the shores of Lake Victoria. The Luo attach great importance to the site because of the legendary story. It is said that the people of Simbi were celebrating their success at the chief’s home. An old woman appeared at the scene looking for shelter and food. But the chief threatened to beat her up if she stayed. She was forced to leave and one lady sympathized with her and gave her food and a warm bath. A violent storm swept away the entire village which is believed to have sunk.
4. KISUMU MUSEUM
Kisumu Museum is located in Kisumu town along the Kisumu – Kericho highway. It was opened to the public in 1980. The museum stores and disseminates information on cultural and scientific issues with emphasis on Western Kenya. Exhibits include cultural history. The museum provides educational services to schools in its neighbourhood.
Striking features of the museum include a diverse collection of flora and fauna species. The most notable animals are reptiles and amphibians, collected from Nyanza and neighbouring counties. A traditional Luo homestead and other traditional Luo artifacts constitute part of the exhibits the museum keeps.
5. IKHONGA MURWI (CRYING STONE)
It’s a mother nature’s marvel as the stone is seen to be “crying” all through even in dry season. It is associated with good harvest by the inhabitants of this region. it is found on the Kakamega-Kisumu highway.
6. THIMLICH OHINGA (A WORLD HERITAGE SITE)
Thimlich Ohinga literally refers to a “frightening dense forest” in Dholuo language, a Nilotic group who occupy the region. The stone structure enclosure has walls ranging from 1.0 to 4.2 meters in height were built of loose stones and blocks without any dressing or mortar.
Archaeological record of materials found within the site goes beyond 500 years ago. Since the present inhabitants of the area arrived probably some three centuries ago, it seems most likely that Bantus who initially occupied this region prior to the arrival of Luos first built the stone structures. Abundant rocks on the hilly areas provided them with building materials to meet their security requirements.