The mysterious Nyamira rainmaker caves

Keera Falls in Nyamira
Keera Falls in Nyamira

Four kilometres from Nyamira Town is a site whose rich history continues to draw visitors in by their numbers.

A few metres from the Keera waterfalls is a cave where rainmakers once gathered to make their sacrifices.

Visitors gather to watch the waters cascade, even after all these years it is still fascinating, and the myths surrounding Keera falls only serve to pique their interest further.

When they were children, these residents of Nyamira often brought bundles of firewood here to appease a creature they had heard of in stories told by their grandparents.

“We have never seen the mysterious animal that lives here, but we have heard stories about it,” one resident told Citizen Digital.

Under the waterfall is a site where traditional rites were performed. Whenever there was drought, old men would perform a traditional dance at the site and carry bundles of firewood into the cave. This, they believed, would lead to rain.

“We used to throw firewood in a hole then the next day we would only find ash,” said another resident.

But nobody brings firewood here anymore, those who gather here simply enjoy the scenery and the retelling of the stories surrounding the site.

“Once upon a time a white man’s dog went into the cave and never came out,” a resident tells us.

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Story By Wilkister Nyabwa
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