Thimlich Ohinga, an ancient fortress in Kenya’s western Migori region was inscribed on the World Heritage List at World Heritage Centre’s (WHC) 42nd annual meeting in Bahrain on June 29. Thimlich Ohinga, loosely translated as frightening dense forest, is made up of stone walls ranging from one to four metres high and three metres wide at its thickest point. The ruins resemble those found at Great Zimbabwe. It has been dated to the 16th century and it is thought ancient inhabitants used the site to guard against attacks and protect their livestock.
According to WHC, the site is worthy of preservation because “it is the largest and best preserved of these traditional enclosures. It is an exceptional example of the tradition.”