Top 8 attractions / sites to visit in Kisumu : Kisumu Town is one of the beautiful towns to visit in Kenya while on a safari, the town is a capital of Nyanza province and it lies on the northern shore of Lake Victoria the largest fresh water lake in Africa.
Kisumu is one of the largest cities of Kenya and a great place to consider during a Kenya safari, Kisumu has various tourist attractions and this article highlights the top 8 attractions or sites to visit and these include
- Dunga Hill Camp
Dunga Hill Camp is a beautiful camping site at the shores of Lake Victoria at Dunga south of Kisumu Town, the camp is a leisurely destination in Kisumu City perfect for camping, picnic or lazy afternoon. Dunga Hill Camp is set to change the unwinding objective the city of Kisumu and it is an ideal site for outdoor, cookouts and a relaxing together with your family.
Dunga Hill Camp has a good restaurant and bar with outlook over the Lake, clean ablutions and cold shower. While at the camp, you can take boat tours, rent kayaks and catch the spectacular views of the sun as it sets.
- Kiboko Bay
Kiboko Bay is a people friendly resort offering striking views of Lake Victoria, the Bay is on the shores of Lake Victoria and is in a jogging distance from the high street, Impala Park and the Dunga Fishing Village and about 5 kilometers from Kisumu Town.
Kiboko Bay is rated as one of the best resorts in Kisumu Town, the resort is a perfect location for travelers seeking for luxury stay in Kisumu and allows travelers to embrace the feel of Kenya safari adventure.
Kiboko Bay / Kiboko Bay Resort is a popular destination for activities such as hippo spotting, sandy beaches, bird watching, boat rides and nature walks.
- Kisumu Impala Sanctuary
Kisumu Impala Sanctuary is a wildlife sanctuary nestled on the shore of Lake Victoria the largest fresh water lake in Africa, the sanctuary is one of the smallest wildlife protected area and home to the various species of wildlife including the threatened impalas “the rare Sitatunga antelope”
Other animals found in the Kisumu Impala Sanctuary include cheetahs, lions, leopards, giraffes, buffaloes which can be spotted. The sanctuary has 5 campsites where you can do camping, other activities to do at the sanctuary include nature walk, game viewing, bird watching and sailing in a glass bottomed boat.
- The Kisumu Museum
The Kisumu Museum is located in Kisumu Town on Nairobi Town, south of the Town center, the museum exhibits culture and natural history of the Western Rift Valley and Nyanza Province and it features a vast collection of local flora and fauna (live animals, numerous aquaria, outdoor exhibits and a snake park).
Kisumu Museum has three prominent sections, the first section exhibits the 3 key linguistic groups of the western Kenya that are Kalenjin, Luo and Bantu. The second section is a traditional homestead of Luo and displays the fictitious life of Onyango as he undergoes the rite of passage which was used to establish his own family compound. The third section is a small aquarium which displays the aquatic assets of the nearby lakes and reptile house which presents examples of all the local snakes thus Top 8 attractions / sites to visit in Kisumu.
- Hippo Point
Hippo Pool in Kisumu is a ideal place to visit if you are wishing to spot various species of wildlife and birdlife, Hippo pool is an exquisite private wildlife conservancy that lies on a isthmus between the Lake Oloden and the Lake Naivasha, the pool also lies at an altitude of 6200 feet.
Hippo Pool is famously known for its unobstructed views of the sunset, the pool is also a fishing port and a camping site. Hippo pool hosts more than 1,200 residents wandering around the grounds and about 350 species of birds. Some of the animals you will see include hippos, zebras, and hyenas among others.
Boat rides are also offered at the Hippo Point.
- Kit Mikayi
Kit Mikayi is a tor, a rock formation that is about 40 meters high above the surrounding rocks in Kangeso village, Kit Mikayi lies in western Kenya about 29 kilometers west of the Kisumu Town and 1 kilometer from the Kisumu-Bondo road.
Kit Mikayi means the “Stone of the first wife” in Luo Language, Dholuo, it is said that the rocks pose like a woman with a load on her back. The local people residing around the rocks and this region are referred to as the Luo Kakello clan, the site is majorly associated with sacrifices and many legends of the pre-Christian time in Kenya which bring forth several stories that explain the meaning of the name “Kit Mikayi” thus Top 8 attractions / sites to visit in Kisumu.
Over years, Kit Mikayi has become a prominent local pilgrimage site and it is visited by local people to pray and fast for several weeks at length.
Travelers visiting Kit Mikayi have a chance to climb the rocks to observe the span of Lake Victoria, Kisumu City and the Kisumu International Airport.
- Art Markets
The art markets in Kisumu are situated in different parts of Kisumu and Kenya as well, Kenya is widely known for its fantastic art and artists. Visiting these Art Markets offer you a chance to give attention and appreciation the beautiful art pieces deserve.
At these markets you can find paintings, craft items and local souvenirs of Kenya, the markets are perfect site to visit in Kisumu together with your family most especially for individuals who love art and enjoy collecting different art pieces as a token of love and appreciation for Kenya and the Kenyan artists.
- Flea Market
Kisumu Town has two major flea markets that are Kibuye and Oile Markets, Kibuye market is one of the biggest markets in East Africa and is more popular on Sundays, this is the best market to get cheap second hand clothing and green groceries. Oile Market is always open during during the week and is a perfect place to shop groceries.