7 DAYS KAKAMEGA FOREST- RUMA NP- NDERE ISLAND- IMPALA SANCTUARY- KISUMU
Kakamega ForestKakamega National Forest Reserve is the only remaining tropical rainforest in Kenya. Over the last millennia, dense rainforest reached all the way from West Africa, across Central Africa until the Highlands of the Great Rift Valley. Some of the awe- inspiring trees are over 100 years old in this ancient African Forest, which plays a vital role to the eco- system. This was recognised in 1933, since when this serene reserve has been a protected area in Kenya.
During the rainy season between April and July, this rich environment oozes with magnificent flowers. Nature trails in plenty here are bordered with indigenous trees, marked with their traditional significance. The very rare snake- eating bird has been recorded here, including another 350 bird species, making this a bird- watcher and nature lover’s paradise– the forest exuding with over 380 plant species splashed in swamps, glades and hardwood areas. Primates are in plenty in this lush habitat, from black- and white Colobus, the Blue Monkey, and the Olive Baboon. Butterflies and snakes otherwise only found in West Africa can be found in this delightful nature Eden.
Day 1- Leave Nairobi for Kakamega Forest Reserve, driving a distance of about 420kms. We will arrive in the afternoon, and you can settle into your delightful African Bandas for a peaceful escape, or opt for a walking venture before dinner this evening.
Day 2- Take an excursion into Kakamega Forest with your Ranger Guide who can explain the many indigenous trees of this Ancient forest, and lead you up Buango Hill, the highest point of the forest. In the afternoon, you can continue your explorations, or relax in the tranquillity of your wilderness haven.
Day 3- Today we can take an excursion to the Ishuiki Falls, in the nearby Kisere Forest Area, where you will likely spot many species of primates, including the white- bearded monkey!! We can have a picnic lunch here, before returning to our forest bandas camp.
Day 4- We can take a visit to Ruma National Park today, located in the Lambwe Valley. You have many options to explore this park, created as a reserve in 1966 to conserve the only remaining habitat of the Roan Antelope. Hiking, game viewing, bird watching and fishing can all be done in these delightful surroundings.
Day 5- Today we can leave for Ndere Island National Park– a small island only 4.2kms square, situated just off the Northern shore of Lake Victoria. Fish Eagles and the rare spotted crocodile can be spotted here among hippo and impala– which have been introduced to the woodland that decorate the shores. We can take a boat ride to this unique island for a picnic lunch, as we spend the day exploring with hikes, nature walks and/ or birdwatching.
Day 6- This morning we can head towards Kisumu, stopping at the Impala Wildlife Sanctuary, only 1square kilometre in size, which was opened in 1992 to protect a herd of impala. This refuge is now used as a holding point for ‘problem animals’ such as the leopard, hyena and baboon. After our visit here, we will continue to Kisumu town where we can stay for the night.
Day 7- After a visit to the shores of Lake Victoria we can leave Kisumu town for Nairobi, to arrive in the afternoon. As with all our trips, this itinerary is suggested only and can be altered, extended or reduced, according to your preference.