Explore the great geographical, agricultural, cultural & natural diversity. This beautiful region is virgin, an undiscovered world of wonders, with huge contrasts. Endlessly diverse, Western Kenya has lush green highlands, the tropical rain forest of Kakamega, the great water expanse of Lake Victoria, which is the source of the Nile & much more for it is a vast area. A safari to western Kenya is a guaranteed journey of discovery and experience of the wild, wonderful and welcoming Western Kenya.
|You’ll visit Kericho (town), Homa Bay, Kisii(town), Kisumu(city), Kakamega Forest NR|
|This tour starts in Nairobi (Kenya) & ends in Kisumu (Kenya)|
|You’ll go to Kenya|
|Activities: game drives & walking safaris (with an armed guide)|
|Game drives: pop-up roof 4×4 vehicle and minivan|
|Getting around: bus|
|A transfer from and back to the airport (or hotel) is included|
Kerio Valley is a natural tourist attraction of its kind. At the edge of the vast Kerio Valley, you take in some of Kenya’s most incredible views, descending the valley wall to the floor of the rift valley; you pass beautiful Torok Falls, the deep chasm at Chebloch Gorge & the plains of little explored Rimoi reserve, an important area for elephant migration. The tour ends high in the Tugen Hills at Kipsaraman, where one of Kenya’s first community museums has been opened. The museum houses exhibits on biodiversity & conservation, as well as important local human fossil finds & a fascinating exhibit on the possible prehistoric origins of a local mythological creature, the Chemosit or Nandi Bear.
The museum is perched on the edge of a precipitous drop, the view from Kipsaraman is an incredible panoramic vista of the Rift Valley, distant Lake Baringo that literally takes the breath away. Visitors are welcomed with an impressive display of traditional dance & song by the local communities.
The hills are centered upon a forested escarpment and surrounded on three sides by sheer cliff faces. They are crisscrossed by walking paths & ease of direction & undemanding slopes make this excellent country for relaxing hill walking.
Wildlife enthusiasts can also visit the nearby Saiwa Swamp National Park. This is one of the few parks that permits walking & is an ideal place for a day’s hike. This wild country is home to many and varied species, the best known being the very rare Sitatunga. This semi-amphibious antelope lives in the depths of these swamps. Rimoi National Reserve, in the Kerio Valley, is an important area for elephant migration.
The Western Highlands have become a major draw for sporting tourists. The home of many of Kenya’s world famous runners. The finest place for high altitude athletic training & many Int’l athletes visit training camps around Iten & Kaptagat.
The real beauty of these Highlands lies in the solitude, peace & isolation to be found in the hills.
Kericho Town is at the heart of the tea-growing zone of the Rift Valley. Here you find the lush green carpet of tea bushes which is literally a gold nugget as tea remains one of Kenya’s biggest foreign exchange earners. This region produces one of the world’s finest quality teas. Agritourism and agro tourism has become popular, and perfect base to launch a tour of the tea plantations. There are also horticultural farms producing cut flowers. A tour of the Finlay company flower farm will make even the ordinarily dull person appreciate the smell and beauty – and even value – of flowers.
Lake Victoria, the largest lake in Africa, is a sight to behold. It has sandy beaches and is dotted with about many small islands. The lake is an endless expanse of blue, stretching as far as the eye can see and beyond into Tanzania & Uganda. The islands are also tourist sites, each with unique features:-
• Ndere Island National Park: is a gazetted National Park inside Lake Victoria. Antelopes and crocodiles are in plenty. This Island is 10 minutes on boat from Kaloka beach.
• Rusinga Island: is accessible by road, is the burial site of political genius Tom Mboya. At the site is the politician’s mausoleum. There is also the Mary Leakey archeological site. Although the site is not developed, plans are under way to return the excavated fossil and construct a proper archeological site. The Rusinga Island Club is built right on the beach and can accommodate 18 visitors. It offers lots of activities including, fishing, sport fishing, sight seeing and water skiing.
Mbasa and Mholo Islands: are a few meters apart &famous for abundance of bird life. Uninhabited by man, the islands have many bird species including egrets & the fish eagle. There are also many monitor lizards, which feed on eggs and birds. Thousands of birds fill the air, literally carpeting both islands in life as they descend to roost among the rocks and trees. With the last rays of the sun turning the waters of the Lake to gold, this is one of Kenya’s greatest natural spectacles.
Takawiri Island: is a sandy beach, likes of Mombasa beaches inside Lake Victoria. It is famous in fishing activities & the amazing sunset on Lake Victoria. You can enjoy walks through lush vegetation on top of the hills or along the lakeshore. For those interested in culture, there is the possibility to visit a Luo family and experience their day-to-day life or the school in the next village.
A mosaic of landscapes, ranging from riverine woodland & rolling savannah to magnificent escarpments & towering cliffs, Ruma National Park, home to the rare Roan antelope, Jackson hartebeest & the tiny Oribi antelope. This little visited park comprises 120 square kms of savannah & gently rolling hills.
Ruma National Park promises undiscovered wildlife treasures & undisturbed peace. It is also Kenya’s last remaining sanctuary for the endangered roan antelope. It lies on the flat floor of the seasonally watered Lambwe River Valley bordered by the Kanyamwa Escarpment to the South-East & by the volcanic plugs of the Ruri Hills to the north. The birdlife is exceptional. The park is the only protected area in Kenya where the globally threatened blue swallow, a scarce intra-African migrant, is regularly recorded. Blue swallows, which depend upon moist grassland for both feeding & roosting, arrive in Kenya from their breeding grounds in Southern Tanzania around April & depart again in Sept.
From the heat of Ruma, you move on to a relatively cool area of the beautiful Western Highlands; Kisii land. First stop is at Tabaka near Kisii, home to Kenya’s finest stone carvers. The community are renowned for their artistic skill with the local soapstone. They have a long tradition of carving ornate decorative art and jewelry, together with functional items such as plates and bowls. The stone is found in a series of large open quarries throughout the Gucha area, which have also proved equally rich in uncovered fossil evidence and prehistoric artifacts. Cooperative workshops have been formed to produce work for the international market. Kisii stone is sold worldwide, and several works by Tabaka artists have found a place in major international art collections. Tabaka soapstone graces the UN HQ in New York, and the UNESCO HQ in Paris, in the form of a massive 7- ton “bird of peace” or Enyamuchera.
Luanda Magere was a warrior, believed to be made of stone. Nobody could kill him. When war broke out between the Luo and Kipsigis tribes, Luanda killed many Kipsigis. The Kipsigis came up with a strategy. Luanda was given a woman from the Kipsigis tribe to marry.
The woman learned the secret of Luanda’s life when he fell sick and asked his wife to treat his shadow. When fighting broke out again between the two tribes, the woman told her people the secret of Luanda’s life. A warrior threw a spear into Luanda’s shadow, killing him. Luanda turned into a stone, which still lies on the spot. It is believed by hunters around this place that if you sharpen a spear on the rock, you can make a kill easily. This story is compared with the biblical story of Samson.
Songhor Paleontology Sites: The Miocene site dates 19 million years. There is evidence sofa large variety of animals that lived here. The fossil humanoids collected from this site range from small to big apes.
Kanjera Prehistoric site and Kanjera hot springs (Bala Rawi) These hot salty springs where eggs can be boiled is where Doctor Louis Leakey in 1932 found cranial and funeral fragments of hominids. These were estimated to be 500 years old. Local people collect salt from the evaporated salt water.
Jaramogi Qginga Odinga, 60 km from Kisumu town. It is final place of the late Jaramogi Oginga Ondinga Kenya’s first vice-president. The Luo Heroes’ Exhibition Centre on in Bondo; Western Kenya holds it cultural symbols and traditional artifacts and regalia of the African tribes.
Kanam Prehistoric site is on the shores of Lake Victoria on Homa peninsula near the Homa Mountain. Louis Leakey’s expedition in 1932 discovered a fossil human mandible and Pleistocene fauna including prehistoric stone tools. Recent finds are paleontological bones dating between 1 and 6 million years ago.
Kakamega Town, the heart of the land of the Luhya community. The Luhya community is known for the vibrant traditional dance known as the Isikuti. The dance is performed by groups of paired men and women to the accompaniment of bells and whistles.
Among the Luhya, the most important traditional sporting event is bull fighting. Two large bulls are brought into a large open field to fight. The bulls are spurred on by an excited throng of onlookers, blowing traditional horns. Bull fights are held throughout the year and are fast becoming a commercial venture, with the champion bull’s owner winning money. Such events are an important event for the local Luhya community, these are pitched battles between two bulls each one representing an individual village. Thronged by excited supporters, the bulls lock horns and fight until one bull turns and runs. The winning bull is led around the field in a victory lap, accompanied by a chanting, jubilant crowd.
|1||Parkview Inn Limited Hotel||All Meals Included|
|2-3||Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge||All Meals Included|
|4-6||Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge||All Meals Included|
|7-8||Blue Ocean Safari Villa||Breakfast & Dinner Included|
|9-10||Rubondo Island National Park Government Owned Bandas||All Meals Included|
|11-12||Ruaha River Lodge||All Meals Included|
|13-14||Sea Cliff Resort Spa||All Meals Included|
|End Tour||Meals at own expense|
|1-4||Kerio View||All Meals Included|
|5-9||Karibuni Eco-Cottages||All Meals Included|
|10||Sovereign Hotel||All Meals Included|
|11-12||Sovereign Hotel||All Meals Included|
|13||Golf Hotel Kakamega||All Meals Included|
|14||Golf Hotel Kakamega||All Meals Included|
|15||End of tour||Breakfast Included|
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