Kisumu is the third largest city in Kenya and the area is known for the beautiful lakeside viewpoints at Dunga Hill Camp and Hippo Point and various tourists destination. If you want to fulfill your spirit of adventure either as a tourist or a local, Kisumu has got amazing places that can blow your mind.
- Kisumu Impala Sanctuary
The Kisumu Impala Sanctuary lies on the shores of Lake Victoria, covering less than kilometer square. Over 115 species of birds have been recorded, it also boasts for all the big 5 animals except the elephant, a number of nature trail circuits are also available for those who visit the sanctuary.
Annually, the sanctuary conducts the Kisumu Impala Conservation Boat Race event in November to help create awareness of wildlife, especially the endangered Sitatunga antelope.
Apart from nature viewing and boat riding, the sanctuary is a key site for ecology and wildlife research and education.
It’s located opposite Kisumu South Water Company, along Harambee Road.
- Kit Mikayi
Kit Mikayi is a rock formation of around 120 meters high situated about 30 kilometers west of Kisumu town and arround 1 km from the Kisumu-Bondo road. The sign board is on the gate of Kit Mikayi primary school and entrance is via N’gop-Ngeso primary school.
There’s a legendary story behind Kit Mikayi, which in Luo dialect means “the stone of the first wife”, is that: Long time ago, there was an old man by the name Ngeso who was in great love with the stone. Every day when he woke up in the morning, he could walk into the cave inside the stone and stay there the whole day, and this could force his wife to bring him breakfast and lunch everyday. The old man became passionately in love with this stone to the extent that when people asked his wife his whereabouts, she would answer that he has gone to his first wife (Mikayi) hence the stone of the first wife (Kit Mikayi).
- Kisumu Museum
Kisumu Museum which was openned in 1980, exhibits focus on the natural and cultural history of Western Kenya. It features a collection of local flora and fauna, as well as a traditional Luo homestead.
The Museum also inhibits various aquatic animals and reptiles like snakes.
- Hippo Point
Magical Kenya descripes hippop point as Hippo-point is an open viewing point for Lake Victoria, Africas largest fresh water lake. It is also a fishing port and has a camping site in the vicinity. Hippo Point is a fantastic centre for organised boat racing or taking a boat tour of the lake.