When the East African Railway reached Kisumu
early in the last century, the area must have been teeming with plains
game. Over the passage of time hunting for food, ecosystem loss through
human settlement and agriculture all reduced numbers vastly.
early 1980s, what could be seen was a pitifully small herd of Impala
that roamed the town and neighbouring areas. The Sanctuary, a 0.4
square km of marsh, grassland and
forest was created to provide a home for this herd of Impala. It then developed into a holding point for captured
Today, it provides grazing for hippos and habitat for numerous small mammals, and a variety
of reptiles and birds. It also hosts two leopards, one spotted hyena, two olive baboons and several vervet monkeys
held in captivity. Sightings of the reclusive and acutely threatened sitatunga have also been made.
Climatic conditions -
Hot and humid
Major Attraction -
Impala, caged leopards, baboon
Wildlife: impala, leopard, hyena, jackal, ostrich and vervet monkey.
Birds: over 115 species have been recorded
Roads: Kisumu is located 355 km north of Nairobi, the sanctuary is 3 km from Kisumu near Hippo Point.
Air: The flight from Nairobi takes around one hour and there are regular flights.
Water: Kisumu is linked by ferry with Kendu Bay, Homa Bay and Mbita
There is currently no accommodation in the reserve. Visitors can stay in Kisumu where there are various accommodation options.
Best time to visit -
All year round
Camping, walking, bird watching