Feb 07

Hotels in Kisumu City | Accomodation | Kenya

Some links to hotels and accommodation services in Kisumu.Click through to access their websites for more info:-

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Jun 16

Kisii Connect | Kisumu City

Kisumu is Kenya’s 3rd largest city after Nairobi and Mombasa. It is also Africa’s first millennium city. It is about 113 Km or a 2 hour drive from Kisii town. Kisumu is also the provincial headquarters of Nyanza province. Kisumu is located on the shores of Lake Victoria and is largely inhabited by the Luo community though a considerable number of other tribes inhabit the town especially Indians. Kisumu is connected to Kisii by a tarmac road. To get to Kisumu from Kisii, you will use a matatu or buses plying the route, the route is well served by passenger vehicles so travelling won’t be a problem. Some notable towns along the route are Nyakoe, Mosocho, Ruga, Oyugis, Kadongo, Chabera, Sondu, Katitu, Ahero in that order. Most are small shopping centres along the route. Passenger fares from Kisii normally range between Ksh 350-500 depending on the season with festive and holidays pushing the fares even higher. Kisumu boasts of an international airport.Kisumu is also a connecting town to other towns in the region i.e. Busia town on the Kenya-Uganda border, Kakamega (headquarters of Western province), Siaya town. Because of its location on the shores of the lake it also enables access to other Lake Victoria towns and Islands e.g. Kendu Bay, Homabay, Luanda Kotieno, Rusinga and Mfangano Islands. Though with the prevalence of the water hyacinth which affected the region for sometime led to a decline of the usage of water transport from the town. The town’s business sector is diversified with majority of Kenya’s leading companies having branches and outlets in the town. The town was also a major casualty of Kenya’s 2007 post election violence which drove most companies out of the town but is fast picking up with the upgrade of the town’s airport to international status. These has led to the growth of new sectors in the town especially related to the travel industry i.e. hotel rentals and bookings, car hire and tour guide services. Another also notable factor catapulting its growth is its connection to Kogelo (US president Obama’s father birthplace) which has since become a major tourist attraction in Nyanza. Kisumu’s is also prominent for its fish market, a local delicacy for the locals sold in most neighborhoods by fishmongers. Kisumu’s Kibuye market is also a popular market for the towns local for trading of a wide range of commodities especially second hand clothing. On the manufacturing sector, Kisumu was once home to the now defunct KICOMI (Kisumu Cotton Mints).Other notable companies in the region are a molasses plant on the outskirts of the town, Equator Bottlers (a Coca Cola Franchise) and United Millers.

Institutions-It is home to Kisumu Polytechnic and the Great Lakes University of Kisumu though a large number of institutions exist. It also hosts a campus for Maseno University

Hotels and restaurants-A considerable number of hotels and restaurants providing a variety of services exist in the town. Visitors can also sample various fish delicacies (‘Omena’, Nile Perch, Obambla, Tilapia) on the shores of the lake from. Some notable hotels include Imperial Hotel located with the town centre, Milimani resort, Sunset Hotel, Lake View and New Victoria hotels.

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