Kakamega Forest is a tropical rainforest situated in the Western Province, of Kenya. It is Kenya’s only tropical rainforest and is said to be Kenya’s last remnant of the ancient Guineo-Congolian rainforest that once spanned the continent.
Kakamega rainforest has over 360 species of birds, 380 species of plants, 400 species of butterflies, 7 species of primates and 80% of the forest plants are highly medicinal that traditionally local people use them to cure Malaria, prostate cancer, common cold and many others.
Kakamega forest is an Ornithologist’s dream where many different rare birds species are found including Great blue turaco, Blue headed bee-eater, Turners Eremomela, Yellow bellied wattle-eye, African shrike-flycatcher, Petit’s cuckoo-shrike and many others.
The Crying Stone is one of Kakamega most unique features it is about 40m high. For anyone at the foot of this phenomenon, the most striking feature is that it resembles a gowned figure, perpetually in tears flowing from ‘head to toe’ — an image spiced-up by myth and folkfore. It is so revered that folk has it that it even fought wars for the Luyha. The crying stone is an acid plutonic rock consisting mainly of quarts, alkali, feldspar and mica.