Aug 11

Kenya, Western and Nyanza province Tourist Attractions

Kisumu Museum-This museum founded in the early 1900s is located in Kisumu city. It has a series of outdoor pavilions. Some of the pavilions contain live animals like mambas, spitting cobras, puff adders and other venomous Kenyan snakes. The museum has also a snake pit and a crocodile container.

Hippo Point, Kisumu- is a 600 acres (240 ha) viewing area on Lake Victoria. Despite its name, it is better known as a viewing point for its unobstructed sunsets over the lake than for its occasional hippos. It is located near the village of Dunga, a few kilometres South West of the town. The village also has a fishing port and a camping site.

Crying stone of llesi  This is one of the most striking feature of Kakamega in Western province .its resemblance to a gowned figure, perpetually in tears flowing from ‘head to toe’ the stone is of great cultural and spiritual importance to the Abaluhya, especially the Isukha sub-group. Residents say when the stone cries it is a good omen, signaling a bumper harvest. When there is a drought the community carries out a ritual at the stone to persuade the Gods to bring rains. Other rituals are performed to allay disaster and cleanse victims of incest.

 

Bull Fighting in Kakamega-   Practiced mostly among the Isukha and Idako people, bull fighting is one of the most important cultural sports in Kakamega county in Western province.The event is held every month at Lubao and Khayega markets though due to popularity new venues are also emerging. By the way, it is the only activity that rivals football in the county. This is an excellent particular for those who like energy-charged events. It is also kind of similar to the Rodeo inMexico only this is beast vs beast not man pitted against beast.

Got Kwer-For those of you who love religious tourism, Legio Maria headquarters and center is thevillage ofGot Kwer, a community that adherents refer to as “Calvary”. This village of about 600 is approximately 15 km west of the southwesternKenya town ofMigori and is recognized by adherents as containing Messiah Simeo Ondeto’s homestead and tomb, which is viewable as a long, cloth-covered plinth with numerous devotional objects scattered around. Both are maintained by local community followers.

Kit-Mikayi (also spelled Kit Mikayi, Kitmikayi, and Kitmikaye) is a rock formation — a 70 meter high tor — on the Kisumu-Bondo road in western Kenya. It is situated about 29 kilometers west of the town of Kisumu. Kit-mikayi means “Stones of the first wife” or “First Wife Rocks” in Dholuo, the Luo language. This is one of the perfect spots for sightseeing in Nyanza

Ndere Island meaning means “meeting place” is a a small island (4.2 km2 or 1.6 sq mi) in Winam Gulf of Lake Victoria in Kenya. It was gazetted as the Ndere Island National Reserve in November 1986 and has since that time been uninhabited. with a variety of Fauna notably African fish eagles, swifts, hippopotamus, and Nile crocodiles, impalas in the island

Kakamega Forest  National Reserve (“Canopy of Natural Beauty”)  is situated in the LakeVictoria basin, about 50km north of Kisumu city and 415km away fromNairobi city. The forest is home to over 400 species of butterflies, about 300 bird species and 27 species of snakes. The park also supports more than 350 species of trees and 7 primate species including the endangered DeBrazza monkey, black and white colobus monkey and vervet monkey. The Potto (the world’s slowest mammal on earth), duikers and Dik diks are also found in Kakamega Forest National Reserve.

Ruma National Park  (“Last retreat of the roan antelope”)-is the onlyTerestialPark in the entireNyanzaProvince. It is situated inLambweValley in South Nyanza, 140 km from Kisumu, 10 km east of Lake Victoria and South West of Homa Bay,65Km fromKisii Town and 425 km west of Nairobi.

Kisumu Impala Sanctuary- The Sanctuary, grassland and woodlands ecosystem is located about 3km from Kisumu city. The ecosystem hosts leopards, hyena, olive baboons and vervet monkeys. It also provides grazing lands for Hippos, habitat for numerous small mammals including the threatened Sitatunga, and supports a variety of reptiles and birds species.

Simbi Nyaima – this is a sunken lake located in Kendu bay on the shores of Lake Victoria in Nyanza province. According to locals existence of the lake is explained by myths of an old woman going to a village to ask for food and accommodation but the villagers chase her away. As she goes, she tells them that a tragedy will befall the village because of their unaccommodating behavior. True to her word, the entire village sinks into the ground and everyone perishes. Well, it’s a myth and the story has been used to teach values in Luo communities. However scientifically it is classified as a crater lake. The lake’s water is also said to have medicinal value.

Kanam prehistoric site -  is situated along the shores of Lake Victoria on Homa Peninsular aroundHomaMountain. In 1932, Louis Leakey’s expedition discovered a fossil human mandible together with Pleistocene fauna and pebble tools in the early Pleistocene Kanam beds at Kanam West. Recently, researchers found palaeontological bones dating between 1 and 6 million years ago at the site.

Tom Mboya Mausoleum-it was built in honour and remembrance of Tom Mboya. It is located inRusingaIsland in Luo Nyanza. The site is a rich source of information on Luo culture and history.

Thimlich Ohinga is a unique architectural stone structure situated in Nyanza province 181 km south of Kisumu in Migori district. The site lays on a gentle sloping hill some 46-km northwest of Migori town near Macalder’s Mines. Its exact geographical location on map is at grid reference 019 474 on sheet number 129/4.


Kisii Tabaka Soapstones-located in the the Tabaka Hills of Kisii Nyanza lies the home of skilled soapstone carvings artisans.The centre is located about 30Km from Kisii Town and is predominantly a soapstone economy powered by revenues from their trade which is largely exported and sold locally.Get the chance to see the entire process from the stones extraction to polishing.In this place,you will be amazed at the ingenious skills of these local villagers.

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Nov 10

Tourism

one thing that is undoubtedly eye catching to a person visiting the town for the first time is the captivating hilly and vegetation sceneries. Being a hilly town one can have a perfect scenic view of the town from key points e.g. Nyanchwa, Manga Hills. The most outstanding attraction in the region is the soapstone carvings in Tabaka center about 20kms from Kisii Town along the Kisii- Isebania highway. One can sample amazing designs and carvings from small carvings to king size carvings from the skilled artisans. The carvings can go for a paltry ksh 100(about $1) to Ksh10, 000 (app. $150).To purchase or order for soapstones.The town is an easy gateway town to some good attractions in the region. Ruma National Park in Lambwe, South Nyanza is about 3 hours drive from the town, Maasai Mara national Park is also accessible from the town via Kisii-Kilgoris road, Sirare border town Tanzania which is about 3 hours drive from the town, Kisumu Town Museum about 2 hours drive from the town.

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