Indian Coolies huts in Rongai, Nakuru

Somewhere in Soin Ward, Rongai Constituency in Nakuru County. Four stone-built round huts stand conspicuously to travellers using the dusty route.  While the locals have grown used to the huts, visitors in the area are intrigued by the presence of those huts that look more like ancient kilns

Indian Coolies huts
Indian Coolies huts in Rongai, Nakuru

That the huts lie on Kenya Railways land could be a hint as to who built them. according to the locals, the two pairs of huts were put up in the early 1900s by Indian coolies who were building the Lunatic Express. What many may not know is that the Indian coolies also suffered from wildlife attacks in Rongai just not as high a scale as had happened in Tsavo.

Indian Coolies huts Rongai, Nakuru
Huts built by Indian Coolies in Soin Ward, Rongai in Nakuru County

To keep safe from the wildlife attacks at night, they had put up these two pairs of stone huts. The huts in each pair are attached to each other by a low build annexure which locals say was used as a kitchen.

Indian Coolies residence
Indian Coolies residence in Rongai, Nakuru.

The huts still stand strong and even their roofing was stone build. There were no windows but they had several small openings that helped in lighting and ventilating the interiors.


Martin Gichinga
Author: Martin Gichinga

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