Author Archives: WW1 Secretariat

About WW1 Secretariat

100 Taita Taveta is a program formed by the County Government of Taita Taveta, to commemorate the First World War Centenary through a range of activities starting from August 2014 to August 2018

Bura Catholic Mission

Established in 1892 by the ‘White Fathers’ from Alsace (then part of Germany) and was the first Catholic inland mission in British East Africa (now Kenya). During the First World War the Mission staff were interned in India and the Wajomba people who were originally freed slaves that originated in German East Africa who were the porters that carried the materials for the construction of the mission they were deported to Lamu. The Mission Station was used as a hospital for Indian and African troops Continue reading →

Lake Chala

A crystal clear fresh water sheer sided crater lake to the north of Taveta straddling the Kenya/Tanzania border and in the foothills to Mt Kilimanjaro. The Germans maintained a Machine Gun emplacement on its eastern rim facing the direction from which the British forces would appear from

Mzima Springs

Mzima Springs are a series of four natural springs in Tsavo West National Park, Filtered over many years, the pure water gushes forth at a steady pace of more than 50 million gallons (190 million litres) a day from four springs,The source of the springs is a natural reservoir under the Chyulu Hills to the north The natural filtration process gives rise to Mzima’s famously clear stream, which flows through a series of pools and rapids to join the Tsavo River. Mzima is one of Continue reading →