Kisumu

Set on the sloping shore of Lake Victoria’s Winam Gulf, Kisumu offers a relaxed setting for your elective

Stretching from the Nandi escarpments in the east to the Kano plains in the middle all the way to the hills of the west is Kisumu our destination. This county sits right at the shores of Lake Victoria. The fishing Adventure, the sandy beaches, the evening bird watching completes this destination as the supreme tourist destinations in the western circuit of Kenya.

Kisumu is a quite pleasant city and there is a much more relaxed atmosphere with much less traffic than in Nairobi. The proximity to Lake Victoria gives the town a special feel and it is fascinating to wander along the shoreline to explore the daily life of the people here.

It is the stronghold of the Luo tribe. It neighbors Siaya County, which became the center of attention as the American President Barack Obama was elected, as his father was a Luo and came from this part of Kenya. It is easier to do a day trip to Kogello village, the home area of Mama Sarah Hussein Obama, the grandmother of the US President.

Kisumu highlights:

  • Ruma National Park is the only terrestrial park in Kenya’s Nyanza Province. Dubbed the “Last Retreat of the Roan Antelope”, the park protects the only indigenous population of rare roan antelopes within Kenya.
  • Hippo Point – A wonderful spot to watch the Hippos in Lake Victoria at sunset.
  • Kisumu is the largest city in western Kenya region and second most important city after Kampala in the greater Lake Victoria basin.