Museums and Monuments in Kenya: Top places to visit in the Rift Valley, Kenya
Rift Valley Region is famed for farming and agriculture, Athletics, Cattle rearing, Great geographical features which offer tourist and travelers attraction sites including the Great Rift Valley. The region has since been divided into 14 counties which include: Turkana, West Pokot, Samburu, Trans Nzoia, Uasin Gishu, Elgoyo-Marakwet, Nandi, Baringo, Laikipia, Nakuru, Narok, Kajiado, Kericho, and Bomet.
The Rift Valley region is important since it offers visitor’s places to Hike, Bird watching, take photographs, see the escarpments and geysers, and visit local community farms, people, and nature.
The Top 5 places to visit and things to see in the Great Rift Valley Region
Lord Egerton castle: Tatton, Nakuru County.
The Lord Egerton castle is a splendid architectural masterpiece that the British nobleman Lord Maurice Egerton of Tatton built between 1930 and 1940.
Several kilometers from Nakuru town, the majestic castle where Lord Egerton retreated in the final days of his life has 52 rooms, unfortified by the moat of the garrison.
Kabarnet Museum: Kabarnet, Baringo County.
Kabarnet Museum is located in the house previously occupied by the District Commissioner of Kabarnet. The main attractions in the Kabarnet Museum are the material culture of the local communities in the region.
These communities include Kipsigis, Nandi, Pokot, Keiyo/Marakwet and Samburu.
The Museum is near Lake Baringo and is also surrounded by beautiful scenery of the Lake Bogoria, Lake Baringo, Kerio game reserve & park, and the Tugen Hills.
Tuluap-Sigis: Kericho County
Tuluap Sigis (Mount Blackett as the British used to call it) is a cultural site for the Kipsigis community people. It is a forested area surrounding Tuluap-Sigis Hill in Kipkelion measuring approximately three hundred and seventy-five hectares.
It is on this site that the Kipsigis community used to worship their God, Assis and offer prayers for different purposes.
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Lanet Pre-Historic Site: Nakuru, Nakuru County.
Lanet Pre-Historic site is a pre-historic archeological excavation site that contains excavations of the most extensive works known in Kenya. It is located in Nakuru and covers an area of about 34 acres.
Close to this site is the Hyrax hill museum to be covered in part two of this series.
Kapenguria Museum: Kapenguria town, West Pokot County.
It was officially opened in 1993. Kapenguria museum was dedicated to Kenya’s independence struggle. It is located in the building where the six founding fathers of the Republic of Kenya were detained for their struggle for independence.
The building which is located in Kapenguria town, in West Pokot County, was constructed with two prisons, District commissioner’s House and a building that was used as a courtroom during the trial of the Kenyan Heroes.
The Main attractions in the museum include the heroes’ cells and the Uhuru memorial library which has newspapers and magazines articles of the Mau Mau movement, exhibits of Kenya during the colonial Era and cultural exhibits of the Cherangani and Pokot people as well as cultural materials of some people of Western Kenya.
There is a lot to see in the Rift Valley Region and Kenya. In the next post, we will post more places to visit and things to see in the are.
As Kenyans let us embrace more on domestic travel, let’s bring out the best of our amazing land and nation.
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