Kisumu, stunning Untouched Beauty and Wildlife on Kisumu Private Tour. The source of the mighty River Nile, Lake Victoria remains untouched and spectacularly natural.
Hugging the shore of the great lake is Kisumu standing as if stuck in time with its slow pace and stunning scenery.
The swishing off dried grass and the never ending sound of the wildlife all around make this a haven for nature lovers and anyone in search of peace.
From the sight of monkeys playing by the side of the road to the brightly coloured clothing of the locals selling their veg at the edge of the road this secluded part of Kenya remains lost in time and a truly awe-inspiring place to visit.
From trekking or biking the local villages and wetlands or witnessing the hippos wallowing in their natural environment to the incredible history of the local tribes and their mud villages private tour of this area are a must Read More...
Majestic Wildlife and Trekking Private Tour Around Lake Victoria Kisumu
Sounds of whispering dried grasses and wildlife are all that you hear when visiting this beautiful corner of Kenya where animals still roam in their natural environment.
Partially excavated 500-year-old Lao complex of dry stone wall buildings of the Lao
The mud huts and traditional costumes at Kisumu Museum
Unique carved plates and soapstone products at the Masai Craft Market
St Theresa Cathedral in all its red brick glory dominating the skyline
See the hippos wallowing in mud in their natural environment at Hippo Point
Majestic Wildlife and Trekking the Wetlands Around Lake Victoria and Its Villages!!
Top 10 Things to Do in Kisumu
A small local museum and, although not fancy, we found it absorbing and informative and a great way to while away a few hours. The Lao homestead with its mud huts fascinated the kids, and they really enjoyed the staff that popped up in their traditional tribal costumes to give a history of their life 100 years ago. The aquarium was a bit sparse but did hold specimens of fish, turtles and even a crocodile from nearby Lake Victoria.
On the quiet shores of the largest freshwater lake in Africa, Lake Victoria, we went on guided tour and found this Sanctuary a welcome break. Impalas, Giraffes and Zebras roam freely, and it was easy for us to get up close and take some fantastic once in a lifetime photos. Other animals such as lions, cheetahs and leopards are in secure pens, but you can go in accompanied to get closer, we declined and had a loved picnic in one of the areas provided.
Thimlich Odinga Pre-history Site
Standing for over 500 years despite the occasional tremor and weather erosion is this fantastic Lao compound still inhabited as late as 1924. Its structures made of dry stone and high walls are remarkable, and our private tour guide was very enthusiastic in his narration of its history. Some parts have been excavated, but it remains mainly as it was when the last residents left. A fantastic view into the life of the Lao.
Ndere Island National Park
Leaving the kids behind we joined an adults only private tour out to the island. The 1K trek up the hill was quite strenuous, but the spectacular views from the top made it well worth it. The peaceful scenery remains untouched and undisturbed and is alive with flowers, whispering natural grasses, monkeys and butterflies. At the end of the day, we were able to camp overnight by the lake with our very own campfire a magical experience.
Idyllic Kiboko Bay is a perfect getaway spot to recharge your batteries and relax amongst the mangrove forests. On the banks of Lake Victoria it was once a rock quarry gathering sandy soil and rock from the shoreline. Now this fishing village found amongst the wetlands offers the weary traveller the opportunity to witness some of the many dazzling varieties of birdlife and the most stunning sunsets over the lake.
Maasai Craft Market
This small market with its shanty style stalls didn’t look much at first but, amongst the usual souvenirs, we found some really unique and unusual items. Watch as craftsman lovingly make their goods especially the soapstone products from the nearby mine of Kisii. Also, we found a wide selection of carved wooden plates and many unique items made from dried pumpkins and squash. Although touristy many are just locals trying to make a buck.
St Theresa Cathedral
Standing in all its magnificent glory is the red brick St Theresa Cathedral dominating the Kisumu skyline. Originally built by Dutch Catholic Missionaries coming from Uganda to try to convert the Kenyan people. Take a guided tour to this glorious building that shines with the love these ancient missionaries felt for their congregation. Its traditional design, intricate religious and floral interior and peaceful feeling are remarkable and cleansing to the soul.
On Lake Victoria near the village of Dunga lies this 600-acre area known as Hippo Point. A bit elusive the main attraction, however, wasn’t playing ball, and we had to take the private tour, boat ride out to the deeper water. That was incredible to see these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat, and it was easy to see why they earned their name as the ‘river horse’. On our journey back we witnessed the most breathtaking sunset over the lake perfect.
The ideal way to see some of the beautiful nature and also get some exercise is by hiring one of the many available bikes. Cheap and easy to ride we took off heading out to the lake. Stopping at various intervals, we came across some unusual flowers and many many magnificent birds. Once at the fishing village we watched the fisherman show us their haul for the day and how they prepared them. Of course, we had to eat them then.. it is a hard life!
Lake Kanyaboli National Reserve
The sound of tweeting birds and the odd vehicle are the only sounds to be heard here at Lake Kanyaboli. Its breathtaking natural beauty and stunning views make this a perfect place to visit and have some chill out time. Unusual rock formations make this a surreal landscape with many piled up on top of each other precariously. The main form of transport here is still by donkey, or the occasional bike and cars are a rare sight.
Travel Tips for Kisumu
Best Time To Visit
The arid season is usually the best time to visit which are from January to March if you wish to go climbing Mount Kenya relax at the many beaches. July to October for the new migration at the national reserve, a safari is the best tour to see this. As water is scarce at this time, the animals are easier to find around the waterholes, or lakes gathered together looking for a drink or wash in the lakes. The safari tour is the best one ever !
Relatively expensive if you are going specifically for one of the many safari tours, but hey it is a once in a lifetime holiday to see those fabulous beasts! Accommodation is cheap unless you want to stay in one of the nature reserves , as is food and water; The most expensive part is drinking alcohol so best stick to water !! Souvenirs are cheap and plentiful. Always tip your guides and porters on tour, it is expected, the tours are very good prices.
Know Before Visiting
Firstly relax and enjoy yourself, always accept food given to you as they may be insulted if you don't! The local currency used is mobile banking! Yes, really but it's safe quick and easy, on arriving register for this and it is free. Prepare to be patted down as security is tight here! Don't haggle too much they are very proud people who have worked hard on their crafts. Master a bit of the primary language it will be appreciated.
The ideal time to go especially for a private tour safari or to see the migrations of those beautiful animals is ideal between January and March or July to October. The irregular rainfall lasts only a few hours then the sun comes out and dries it away! Regardless of the weather, you will have a fantastic holiday in Kenya. Pre-book any sightseeing and guided tours as it will work out cheaper!