1 Day Ndere Island National Park Safari From Kisumu
Kisumu Day Tours Ndere Island National Park 1 Day Trip is an affordable, short safari to Ndere Island National Park – hidden in Lake Victoria about 50 km from Kisumu off the Kisumu Bondo Highway. Ndere Island National Park can also be accessed by speed boat taking forty-five minutes from Kisumu. This small island is 4.2 km²/1.6 mi² and is a birdwatchers’ paradise with over 100 different species of birds. Other wildlife includes hippos, zebras, warthogs, monkeys, impalas, the rare sitatunga antelopes, water bucks, zebras, baboons, snakes, crocodiles, and several fish species.
Ndere Island National Park activities include hiking, walking, and picnics – the park has well-maintained walking trails that afford you breathtaking views of Lake Victoria. You will also see wildlife including hippos and crocodiles which inhabit the shore waters. There are over a hundred species of birds living on Ndere Island including common water birds like the African fish eagle, hammer kop, and goliath heron. With prior arrangements, visitors can also enjoy team building, camping, sport fishing or do traditional fishing with local fishermen or take a boat tour to the nearby Island of Magere.
1 Day Ndere Island Tour from Kisumu is a day excursion to Ndere Island National Park – a small tourism destination situated in the Winam Gulf of Lake Victoria. Ndere is a Luo word that means “meeting place”. The park was established in 1986 and covers an area of 4.2 square kilometers.
The park is located 50 km from Kisumu which is the third largest urban centre in the country and the native home of the Dhuluo community. By road from Kisumu city: The drive to the Island enables you to enjoy a shorter boat ride (as opposed to taking a boat from Kisumu). Ndere Island National Park is easily accessible by water from Kisumu.
By water from Kisumu: It will take about 45 minutes with a speed boat direct from Kisumu city to Ndere island national park. The boat ride to Ndere Island National Park will provide you with an opportunity to spot a variety of animals that inhabit the lake.
These include crocodiles, hundreds of fish species and hippos, De brazza monkeys, Olive baboons, Sitatunga antelopes, Impalas, Monitor lizards, a variety of fish species, Dikdiks, Aardvarks, Jackals, Geckos, and Vervet monkeys.
Apart from the lake, Ndere Island National Park is richly endowed with small games such as baboons and antelope. This makes the park ideal for game-watching. Apart from the hippos and crocodiles that are found on the shores of the lake, the rest of the animals inside the park are harmless and therefore you will get an opportunity to walk around the park with the company of a Kenya Wildlife Service ranger.
Ndere Island National Park is also popular for having a variety of bird species including fish eagles, ibis, and hawks. This makes the park an ideal destination for bird lovers.
Other activities that can excite you visit to Ndere Island National Park include; hiking, camping, and photography. The beautiful scenery provided by the lake and landscape also makes Ndere Island National Park an ideal destination for taking photographs.
Kisumu Day Tours Ndere Island National Park 1 Day Trip Itinerary
0730 Hours: After breakfast at your Kisumu hotel/ residence, our 1 Day Ndere Island tour from Kisumu transfers you to Kaloka Beach to take a boat ride to Ndere Island. The park is an island covering only 4.2 square km² and is located off the northern shores of Lake Victoria.
A boat ride from Kisumu takes about 2 hours. If you travel by boat from Kisumu it is a nice experience to be on the water but remembers to bring sunscreen and a hat. By road, the park is about an hour’s drive outside of Kisumu through the most beautiful/ interesting area about 50 km away from Kisumu City (an hour’s drive).
0930 Hours: Arrive at Ndere Island and take a walking/ hiking tour of the small Island accompanied by an armed park ranger. Ndere Island is generally a hill (maximum Elevation: 1,228 meters/4,028 feet). After a kilometer of hiking, you will get to the top of the hill. Looking around, a 360 view of Lake Victoria views are overwhelming. From this viewpoint, one can see distant Kisumu skyscrapers and parts of Uganda.
Ndere Island has among the most beautiful views over Lake Victoria. The major attractions in this park include good views of Homa Hills. The park also offers great scenic views of 7 surrounding mini-islands namely Mnara, Maboko, Kagera, Mageta, Rambungu, Imra, and Ochola amongst others.
During your nature walk you will encounter wildlife such as De brazza monkeys, Olive baboons, Sitatunga antelopes, Hippos, Impalas, Monitor lizards, and a variety of fish species. There are Dikdiks, Aardvarks, Jackals, Geckos, Vervet monkeys, over 100 bird species, and a variety of trees, shrubs, herbs, and grass.
1300 Hours: Enjoy your picnic lunch box.
1400 Hours: You will continue with your hike. Other attractions in the park include hiking, walking, optional traditional fishing, and optional boat safaris at a cost.
1500 Hours: We transfer by boat to Kaloka where you will be transferred further to Kisumu by your driver to end your 1 Day Ndere Island National Park tour.
Kisumu Day Tours Ndere Island National Park 1 Day Trip Prices
1-Day Ndere Island National Park Trip Rates Include:
Professional English-speaking guides + Private boat to take you over to the island (20 minute ride each way) +
Full-day guided hiking tour to Ndere Island + All entry fees, guide fee service charge, and taxes & Pickup from your hotel in Kisumu City and drop-off to your hotel
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* If you travel by boat from Kisumu remember to bring sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, and clothes/ an umbrella in order to avoid getting sunburned from sitting in the boat under the strong equatorial sun for hours. Also, you should wear safety jackets, as winds on the lake can take up during the afternoon and waves can become high.
Kisumu Day Tours Ndere Island National Park 1 Day Trip Rates Do Not Include:
* Tips or gratuity
* Travelers Insurance
* Communication charges
* Visas, international airfares, and airport taxes; meals
* Sightseeing not included in the package; optional activities
* Personal expenses such as transfers to/ from the airport (supplement airport transfer cost applies for tours starting from the airport)
FAQ's (Frequently Asked Questions)
Where is Ndere Island National Park?
The park is an island on Africa’s largest inland lake, the stunning Lake Victoria and the island is a haven for birds. Covered mostly in grassland, Ndere Island provides beautiful scenic views of the Homa hills to the south, Mageta Island to the east, and glimpses of Kampala in Uganda beyond the southwest horizon.
It is accessible by boat from the shores of the Lake. The park is accessible from Nairobi by road or flight to Kisumu City. From Kisumu City, you will take a speedboat directly to Ndere National Park.
What are the activities or things to Do at Ndere Island National Park?
Hiking the rolling Homa hills, see wildlife such as hippos, impalas, monitor lizards, Nile crocodiles, monkeys, baboons, Sitatunga antelope, zebras, warthogs, and waterbuck. Go Bird watching – the park has over 100 species of birds including a Hamerkop, kingfisher, Gonolek, and fish eagle.
With prior arrangements, visitors can also enjoy team building, camping, sport fishing, traditional fishing with local fishermen, or take a boat tour to the nearby Island of Magere.
What hotels are near Ndere Island National Park?
There is no accommodation in the Park except a KWS campsite called Bao Campsite which has standard amenities including water, toilet/bathroom, and kitchen area.
Hotels near Ndere Island National Park include Ciala Resort Hotels, Vittoria Suites, Galore Luxury Resort, Sovereign Hotel, Acacia Premier Hotel, Sunset Hotel, Parkview Safari Hotel & Apartments, Royal City Hotel, Kisumu Hotel, and Kisumu Beach Resort
What’s the weather like at Ndere Island National Park?
Because of the proximity to the lake, the climate in Ndere Island National Park is humid and hot. Ideally, park some light clothes for your trip to Ndere Island.
Things to bring include a camera, comfortable hiking gear – shoes & clothes, first aid kit, sun protection, sunscreen, sunglasses, insect repellant, hats, bottled water, snacks for energy, and a pair of binoculars for the view and bird-watching.
Is the Ndere Island National Park hike strenuous?
No, the walk is easy (maximum elevation: 1,228 meters/4,028 feet) approximately 2 hours.