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Mara, Kisumu

Gateway to Lake Victoria

Mara, Kisumu

Some call it Kisumu dala, Kisumu land of fish or simply Kisumu City.

Kisumu is a quiet city found on the shores of Lake Victoria, a freshwater lake shared by all three East African countries – Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. It was awarded city status in 2001 and has since grown from a fishing hub to an attractive urban centre with characteristic wide streets and colonial architecture with one of Kenya’s biggest open-air markets.

It is not a typical city though. Just a Kilometer away from its centre is the Kisumu Impala Sanctuary, a walking sanctuary and animal orphanage teeming with herds of impalas, zebras, lions, leopard, cheetahs, baboons, hyena, jackals, bush duikers, bushbuck and buffaloes. Ndere Island Park, another unmissable attraction, is not far off the northern shore of Lake Victoria. It is easily accessible by road or boat - the latter obviously being the preferable mode. Ndere means ‘a meeting place' in the Luo language. They believe that Mikayi, the mother of the tribe, took a rest near Ndere and eventually settled her people there due to the luxuriant shoreline. The island is home to hippos, monitor lizards, Nile crocodiles, several fish species, snakes, baboons, impalas, the rare sitatunga antelopes, waterbucks, zebras and warthogs. Over 100 different species of birds can be seen here including African fish eagles, black-headed gonoleks and grey-headed kingfishers.

Kisumu is endowed with several UNESCO sites that attract tourists from all over the world. The most significant is Kit Mikayi, which loosely translates to "the stone of the first woman", or "stone of the first wife". This unusual rock formation is revered by the community to an extent of being turned to a shine of sorts. Kisumu's rich culture and history are well-preserved at the Kisumu Museum. As the hometown of former U.S. President Barack Obama’s father, Kogelo has received throngs of tourists in recent times. You cannot leave Kisumu without experiencing the vibrant and electrifying nightlife that reverberates with Ohangla music, a popular genre from the locale. Break a leg!












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Fares are valid from 21st December 2022 to 20th December 2023