Strictly speaking, Nairobi, Mombasa and Eldoret are the only towns in Kenya that receive international travelers into Kenya arriving by air. They are the only towns with international airports. However, “touristically-speaking”, only Nairobi and Mombasa receive tourists. Eldoret town will come later. That means most tourists and other wildlife safari enthusiasts gain entry into Kenya and begin their safaris from Nairobi or Mombasa. Kisumu is not mentioned.
However, with a lot of international travelers with activities in and around Kisumu, it has become necessary to look at Kisumu – Kenya’s third largest city as a possible safari base. Many of Kenya’s popular wildlife safari parks and cultural safari sites are also accessible from Kisumu City.
Safaris to Masai Mara Reserve
The Masai Mara – the world famous game reserve is only 260 kilometres away from Kisumu. You can enjoy the splendour and beauty of the Masai Mara if you have at least 2 nights to spare from your busy schedule. You then either go back to Kisumu or drop off at Nairobi if your safari is the last item on your Kenya visit, and you intend to fly out from Nairobi.
Safaris to Lake Baringo and Lake Bogoria
From Kisumu and the areas around, like Rongo and Migori, you can also visit the rift valley and enjoy the great landscape, wildlife and the culture. About 4 hours of driving gets you to Lake Baringo. This is a 130 square kilometer fresh water lake that is located in the semi-desert Baringo district. You can enjoy a boat trip across this lake and get the opportunity to see great wildlife, including crocodiles and hippos. Fishing is also possible on Lake Baringo. There is also a snake park in Baringo from where you can have a closer of the reptiles.
Farther down, you can visit Lake Bogoria, located in the Ngendelel escarpment and marvel at the hot water springs. You can boil maize or eggs in these springs. There is plenty of bird-life and wildlife including the greater Kudu.
Safaris to Lake Lake Nakuru
Another interesting site accessible from Kisumu and the surrounding areas is Lake Nakuru National park. Only 200kms from Kisumu, it is home to millions of pink flamingos, the fish-eating pelicans as well as over 450 species of birds. It is also a good location for game viewing of the black rhino, the lion, the waterbuck, buffalo and antelopes. It is one of the best places to see the leopard as well as the endangered Rothschild Giraffe.
Safaris to Serengeti, Tanzania
Visiting the Serengeti National park in Tanzania is also an option for visitors of Kisumu. A 1-hour drive to the border post of Sirare followed by another 2 hours drive to Musoma town and onward travel to Serengeti national park. Serengeti is Tanzania’s oldest and most popular park. It is a UNEESCO World Heritage Site and is famed for the annual migration when 6 million hooves – not only wildebeest but also zebra and gazelle – march as one in search of fresh grazing. And when the migration is not taking place, the Serengeti offers scintillating game viewing: great herds of buffalo, smaller groups of elephants and giraffe, and thousands of eland, topi, kongoni, impla and gazelle.
Visit To Barrack Obama’s Roots
Barrack Obama is the president of the USA. Can one say any more? Anyway, it was said that Barrack Obama’s presidency would bring many tourists from the US, and possibly other countries to visit Kogelo. Kogelo is THE village from which Barrack Obama’s father, Barrack Obama Sr, came from. Barrack’s father is buried in the village and some of their family members, including the president’s paternal step-grandmother Sarah Onyango Obama still live in the village. You might want to visit Kogelo village.
It is a rural village where most of the residents still live in a modest way through small-scale farming. The village has a primary school – Senator Obama Primary School and a high school – Senator Obama secondary school. Barrack Obama Snr donated the Land for both schools.