In Summary
  • The little-known caverns in Migori County offer an ideal environment for anyone seeking some peace and quiet

  • The caves are large enough for a human to enter comfortably. Love birds also spend quality time on the bushy and rocky surroundings after a visit to the caves.

  • On top of the caves are big flat stones that offer, not just a panoramic view of Lake Victoria, but also a glimpse of the famous Migingo Island in the distance.

Close to the shores of Lake Victoria in Mihuru Bay, Migori County, are two sites worth visiting: the Nyumba ya Mungu and Mugabo caves, which make for the perfect hiking site. The area above the Nyumba ya Mungu caves offers a kaleidoscopic view of the lake.

But the Mugabo caves are not well known and therefore not frequented by tourists. The two sites are located less than three kilometres apart.

CALM

Nevertheless, they offer a perfect place to spend time alone, whether it is just to enjoy some peace and quiet, to meditate or to pray. The caves are large enough for a human to enter comfortably. Love birds also spend quality time on the bushy and rocky surroundings after a visit to the caves.

On top of the caves are big flat stones that offer, not just a panoramic view of Lake Victoria, but also a glimpse of the famous Migingo Island in the distance.

Depending on the time you visit, the lake’s waters might be calm or rough, but viewing it from the top of the rocks produces a calm feeling.

The people of Mihuru Bay, the custodians of the caves, say that Suba artefacts were preserved in the caverns until the early 1990s, but they gradually disappeared for lack of care at the time.

“Our grandfathers preserved the artefacts of our community, but visitors would come and steal them, until there was nothing left,” said Mr Eliakim Ajenjo, an elder from the community.

Mr Ajenjo further reveals that before and after the colonial era, they would hide in the caves from their enemies. 

“No warrior from the invading party would pursue our fighters once they entered the caves,” he said. “It was an unwritten rule! Women and children also sought refuge there in times of trouble.”

VANTAGE

But with no wars today, the caves are frequently used by those seeking a quiet place to pray.

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