Every time Kuria region is mentioned, what readily comes to mind is the conflict pitting the warring clans of the Bwirege and the Banyabasi.
But, unknown to many, this region has a beautiful environment, resplendent with geographical features to behold.
As you travel from Kehancha through Maeta, you are ushered into Kuria East with the breathtaking view of undulating landscape, with lush green vegetation dotted with human settlements.
The volcanic hill at Chinato, which comes into view as you head to Ntimaru Township is one such feature.
The hill is situated about 20 kilometres from Kehancha town.
At the top are two rock boulders in close geographical proximity with vegetation outgrowth in between. Curiously, the rocks spew out streams of fresh water.
The jagged boulders bring out a picture of two human beings conversing.
That is why the locals fondly refer to the boulders as two lovers engaging in a romantic escapade. Indeed, locals believe many love affairs in the region are brewed on the hill.
The boulders provide a vantage position for climbers to relax at the top of the hills as they take in the picturesque view of the surrounding area which stretches as far as the eye can see.
It is from this point that one can have a glimpse of the Rift Valley in the distance.
The hill is home to various small animals, colourful butterflies and birds which make a visit to the place memorable.
The hill is also considered a shrine of sorts with the residents living around it against any form of human abuse.
That is why Kuria dancers, popularly known as the Litungu music groups, have composed various songs in reverence of the hill.
‘This hill is a natural treasure to this community. We believe it is God-send and no one is allowed to desecrate it. It is a wonderful site to relax and have a quiet moment with yourself,” says Mr Chacha Nyamori.
Another key landmark adjacent to Chinato hill is Kebaroti, which is the highest point above the sea level in the whole Nyanza region.
Also nearby is the Komotobo Mission, a historic place where the Maranatha missionaries pitched camp as they spread the gospel.
They also set up a children home and other projects that have helped many.