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Kenya's finest Attraction sites

Mt. Kenya National Park

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Mt. Kenya National Park is located to the east of the Great Rift Valley, about 175km North-East of Nairobi.  The ecosystem lies in Central and Eastern provinces of Kenya.  At 5,199m the mountain is the second highest peak in Africa. Mt. Kenya is an important water tower in the country. It provides water for about 50% of the country’s population and produces 70% of Kenya’s hydroelectric power.
UNESCO inscribed Mount Kenya as a World Heritage Site.  Its described as one of the most impressive landscapes in Eastern Africa with its rugged glacier-clad summits, Afro-alpine moorlands and diverse forests that illustrate outstanding ecological processes.

SIZE / LOCATION

  • 2800 sq.km
  • East of the Rift Valley. Mt. Kenya lies about 140 km North, North-East of Nairobi with its Northern flanks across the Equator

CLIMATE

  • Climate, flora and fauna on Mt. Kenya varies with altitude

MAJOR ATTRACTIONS

  • Pristine wilderness, lakes, tarns, glaciers and peaks of great beauty, geological variety, forest, mineral springs, rare and endangered species of animals, High altitude adapted plains game, Unique montane and alpine vegetation with 11 species of endemic plants.

WILDLIFE

  • Include Elephants, tree hyrax, white tailed mongoose, suni, black fronted duiker, mole rat, bushbucks, water buck and Elands. Animas rarely seen include leopard, bongo, giant forest hog and rhino.

BIRDS

  • Over 130 bird species have been recorded.

ACTIVITY OPTIONS

  • Game viewing
  • Camping
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Cave Exploration

Kakamega Forest National Reserve

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The Kakamega Forest National Reserve is situated in the Lake Victoria basin, about 50km north of Kisumu city. Being the only remnant in Kenya of the unique Guineo-Congolian forest ecosystem, the park offers unique wildlife and scenic beauty. For bird and butterfly watchers, this is the place to visit.  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.

MAJOR ATTRACTIONS

  • Birdwatching: Over 300 bird species,
  • Butterfly watching: over 400 species of butterflies
  • Massive Trees, Scenic Spots and Waterfalls: Over 350 species of trees, the forest holds mostly indigenous vegetation.
  • Snakes: 27 species of snakes, ,
  • Primates Watching: Home to Debrazza monkey and other primates.

WILDLIFE

  • Wildlife: Bush Pig, Duikers, Bushbuck, Clawless Otter, Mongoose, Giant Water Shrew, Squirrels, Tree Pangolin, Porcupine, Bats and Primates.
  • Birds: 330 species of which some are found nowhere else in the country. The common one being the Blue turaco.

ACTIVITY OPTIONS

  • Forest Walking
  • Camping
  • Hiking
  • Primate Watching
  • Bird and Butterfly Watching
  • Game watching
  • Self-Guided nature walks

kogelo village

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Kogelo village

A visit to the ancestral home of US President Barack Obama in Nyangoma village, Siaya County is a treat. Prospects of the village becoming a major tourism attraction site are even higher because of the interest the place has attracted among prospective tourists from not only Kenya but also countries abroad.

The tiny semi-bushy and dusty Kogelo village, which is located about ten kilometers in the south east of Siaya town has become the biggest of intensive business activities in the recent past. The village is frequented by businessmen, especially those involved in the tourist operation, hoteliers and others. Apart from businessmen, the village is witnessing the trooping of a battery of journalists from both locally and internationally.

The village of Kogelo was described by US President Barack Obama during his inauguration as the "small village where my father was born", but to residents it is no longer a simple matter. The once sleepy village has been catapulted into the international limelight, in proportions beyond its wildest dreams, thanks to the election of Barack Obama as the US President in 2008, the highest political office in America and the World. Today, Nyangoma Kogelo is among must visit tourist attractions in the western tourist circuit.

Cultural Centre

The Kenyan Government recently gazetted Kogelo village as a protected area under the National Museums and Heritage Act.

The government is also already setting up a cultural centre that includes a museum in honour of President Obama at his ancestral home in Nyang'oma Kogelo village in what will further open the region to more local and foreign tourists.

The proposed Museum, which will accommodate the history of the Obama family background, is also to be stocked with the artefacts from the local community and souvenir shops where visitors will be able to buy Obama's memorabilia. It will also house a library, self contained cottages, an amphitheatre, a restaurant and many more.

Currently majority of visitors to the area seek to see the grave where Barack Obama Snr was buried and have a chat with his surviving widow Mama Sarah Obama.

Others marvel at the two schools in the village — Senator Barack Obama Primary and Secondary School, formerly Nyangoma Primary and Kogelo Secondary — that sit on land donated by the father of the US President.

Nyang'oma Kogelo from a mere village to a major Tourist Attraction

Following the declaration of Kogelo village as a protected area under the National Museums and Heritage Act in a Kenya gazette notice, Nyang’oma Kogelo now enjoys the government's keen watch and publicity, joining the league of other tourist attractions in western Kenya where Kogelo is located.

Western Kenya prides of several tourist attractions sites and features such as the Kakamega "crying" stones, Kit Mikayi rocks in Kisumu, Maasai Mara Game Reserve, Kakamega Forest, Ndere Island, Impala, Saiwa Swamp, Ruma national parks among others. Zaira tours and travel will be glad to guide you through these most exciting attractions.

Kisumu Impala Sanctuary

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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.

ACCESS

  • Roads: Kisumu is located 355 Km North of Nairobi, the sanctuary is 3 km from Kisumu near Hippo Point.
  • Air: The Flight from Nairobi takes around one hour to kisumu and there are regular scheduled flights.
  • Water: Kisumu is linked by ferry with Kendu Bay, homa Bay and Mbita

Ndere Island

  • Ndere Island: 355 km from Nairobi. You connect by boat to the Island.
  • Ndere Island: the papyrus swamps around Lake Victoria contain a unique selection of water birds.

 

WILDLIFE

  • over 115 species have been recorded
  • impala, leopard, hyena, jackal, ostrich and vervet monkey

NDERE ISLAND

  • Wildlife includes; impala, hippo, baboon, vervet monkey, sitatunga antelope, crocodile, monitor lizard and a variety of snakes

 

ACTIVITY OPTIONS

  • Game viewing
  • Picnicking
  • Lake Victoria Viewing
  • Bird Watching

 

Lake Victoria

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At Kenya’s Western frontier lies the great expanse of Lake Victoria. This massive lake, commonly known as Nyanza, is twice the size of Wales, and forms a natural boundary between Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. 

The lake is the heart of the African continent, the source of its mightiest river, the Nile. In the 19th century the riddle of the Nile was one of the great enigmas of African exploration. After many expeditions failed, John Hanning Speke finally reached these shores in 1858. The Nile flows northwards, carrying the waters of Nyanza to Egypt and beyond into the Mediterranean.

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