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The Kakamega Rainforest Day trip takes you to the Kakamega Forest National Reserve situated in the Lake Victoria basin, about 50 km north of Kisumu city.
Being the only remnant in Kenya of the unique Guinea-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 (home to Africa’s largest and most aggressive Cobra.
The Kakamega forest Cobra – reputed by locals to spend a lot of time in the trees, stories abound of fearsome attacks on unsuspecting passers-by. Other snakes in the area include the forest adder, black mamba, and green mamba).
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.
The forest has resident populations of primates, including the rare red-tailed monkey, butterflies, chameleons, and stunning birdlife, such as the giant Blue Turaco. Kakamega Forest National Reserve activities include; Forest Walking, Hiking, Primate Watching, Bird and Butterfly Watching, Game watching, Self-Guided nature walks, and Camping.
Kakamega Rainforest National Reserve Attractions | What to Do and See
Kakamega Rainforest Snakes: 27 species of snakes
Kakamega Rainforest Butterflies: over 450 species of butterflies
Massive Trees, Scenic Spots, and Waterfalls: With over 380 species of trees, the forest holds mostly indigenous vegetation. Some of the species include Orchids, woody trees, fernce, and vines.
Kakamega Rainforest Bird-watching: Over 360 species of which some are found nowhere else in the country e.g. the Blue turaco.
Other rare bird species include the Great blue turaco, Blue-headed bee-eater, Turners Eremomela, Yellow-bellied wattle-eye, African shrike-flycatcher, Petit’s Cuckoo-shrike, and many others.
Kakamega Rainforest Wildlife: Debrazza Monkey, Blue Monkey, Black and white colobus Monkey, slow-moving Potto, Bush Pig, Duikers, Bushbuck, Clawless Otter, Mongoose, Giant Water Shrew, Squirrels, Tree Pangolin, Porcupine and Bats.
Guided Tours in Kakamega Rainforest enable you at first hand to enjoy all these with a professional tour guide who will explain or interpret Tropical rainforest Biodiversity including; Birds, Primates, Medicinal plants, Butterflies, and cultural activities of local people staying around the forest.
Kisumu Day Trip Kakamega Rainforest 1 Day Tour Itinerary
0800 Hours: After breakfast at your hotel in Kisumu/ residence you depart by road to Kakamega Forest National Reserve just 30 miles north of Kisumu in the Lake Victoria region of western Kenya about an hour’s drive.
0900 Hours: Once at the park, we proceed for our full-day walk which takes about 5 to 7 hours. We walk through the forest watching birds and various species of monkeys, massive native trees marked as the “Big five” and their medicinal values, butterflies, and birds, climb on the canopy watchtower and tour the natural grassland.
Along the way we see primates, birds, and some animals e.g. bushbuck, blue duiker, and red duiker then we proceed to Isiukhu River where we see the waterfalls, then we proceed to Buyangu hill lookout where we view the Kakamega forest from the top.
Birds include Great blue turaco, Blue-headed bee-eater, Turners Eremomela, Yellow-bellied wattle-eye, African shrike-flycatcher, Petit’s Cuckoo-shrike, and many others.
Guided tours in Kakamega forest reserve are done with a professional tour guide who explains/ interprets the tropical rainforest biodiversity including; birds, primates, medicinal plants, Butterflies, and cultural activities of local people staying around the forest.
The guide will also tell you about Luhya cultural practices such as circumcision and bullfighting, and give information about the medicinal plants in the Kakamega forest.
1300 Hours: We enjoy our lunch break at Rondo retreat centre.
1400 Hours: We visit the Luyha community and the market around the forest and see the local thatched community bandas, community homestays, indigenous vegetables, and community land cultivation.
1700 Hours: Arrive back at your hotel/ residence in Kisumu.