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VSW 216 Western Kenya and West Coast of Kenya Ecotourism and Cultural Group Safari, 10 Days and 9 Nights
This is an exciting 10 days touristic and cultural safari which will give you an exhilarating experience within the Western region of Kenya. The safari starts in Nairobi, upon your arrival and takes you to all the above mentioned locations in Western Kenya where you will have an ecotourism safari to some of the beautiful parks and wildlife sanctuaries located here, as well as have a chance to interact with the local communities found within the region. You will travel privately with your tour guide/driver in a private safari minivan and spend the nights in hostels, camps and budget lodges as applicable.
Day 1: Arrival – Nairobi – Eldoret Town
Dinner and overnight at Wagon Wheel Hotel or similar
Day 2: Eldoret Town – Saiwa Swamp – Kakamega Forest
Saiwa Swamp National Park lies not far from Mount Elgon and was created primarily for the protection of the rare Sitatunga Antelope, the Saiwa Swamp National Park is a perfect example of how a small area can survive as a complete ecological entity. The semi-aquatic Sitatunga relying on a swamp habitat has evolved to survive in such conditions and despite the minute size of Saiwa Swamp National Park, it seems certain to continue to thrive there. The Sitatunga is a swamp-dwelling antelope found in Central and East Africa. It is about one and a half meters tall and has a water-proof coat that is dark brown in males and reddish brown in females. Their hooves are long and thin to cope with the Sitatunga's swampy habitat. Males have a mane as well as horns, which are twisted and can reach almost a meter in length. Other small numbers of Sitatunga in Kenya are being conserved in Lewa. The Sitatunga at Saiwa Swamp National Park is sufficiently numerous to ensure seeing them. In addition, there are De Brazza, Colobus and Velvet monkeys and an exciting variety of birds. Some 250 species have been noted in this small area. No vehicles are allowed in the park so this is another bonus as it is one of the few parks in which walking is permitted or in this case mandatory. Saiwa Swamp National Park has over 15 kilometers of walking trails. It also has four observation towers, where African Mecca guests have a bird’s eye view of the swamp. There are platforms built into trees overlooking the swamp, provided of course, for Sitatunga watchers but also a splendid perch in which to contemplate nature's glory. There are several home stay accommodation experiences in the area.
Dinner and overnight at Udo Bandas or similar
Day 3: Kakamega Forest – Kogelo – Lake Kanyaboli – Kisumu Town
Lake Kanyaboli is located at the north-eastern corner of Lake Victoria. It is one of the most important riparian satellite lakes around Lake Victoria. Lake Kanyaboli is part of the Yala swamp, which forms the mouth of both Rivers Nzoia and Yala. The lake is a freshwater deltaic wetland arising from backflow of water from Lake Victoria as well as the rivers’ floodwaters. It provides a very important habitat for refugee populations of certain fish species, which have otherwise disappeared from Lake Victoria. Lately, a population of the rare sitatunga antelope, the local name being “Dwe” has been sighted at this lake, thereby making the lake more touristic than ever. A boat ride on this swampy lake along various corridors of papyrus is unforgettable. The lake has an abundant supply of the small fishes which are very sweet when fried, namely, “Dwele” or “Fulu” in the local dialect.
Dinner and overnight at a homestead in Jumuia Kisumu Guest House or similar
Day 4: Kisumu Town – Dunga Beach – Ndere Island – Kaloka Beach – Kisumu Town
Day 5: Kisumu Town – Mbita Point – Ruma National Park – Mbita Point
Ruma National Park lies in western Kenya close to the shores of Lake Victoria and is an island of wilderness in a sea of intense cultivation. The park is situated in one of the most productive and populous regions of Kenya. It is also Kenya’s last remaining sanctuary of the Roan antelope (also known as Korongo in Swahili), which exists nowhere else in Kenya. The park is also rich in birdlife and is the only protected area in Kenya where the globally threatened blue swallow, a scarce intra-African migrant is regularly recorded and blue swallows. The park is also home to the Rothschild’s Giraffe, serval cat, hyena, impala, vervet monkey, roan antelope, Oribi, Bohor reedbuck, leopard, buffalo, and the Jackson’s hartebeest
Dinner and overnight at Lake Victoria Safari Village or similar
Day 6: Mbita Point – Mfangano Island – Takawiri – Rusinga – Mbita Point
Day 7: Mbita Point – Homabay – Kendu Bay – Pala Springs
Day 8: Kendu Bay – Kisii – Kisumu Town
Tabaka near Kisii in the Western Highlands, is home to Kenya's finest stone carvers. The Kisii / Gusii community are renowned for their artistic skill with the local soapstone. They have a long tradition of carving ornate decorative art and jewelry, together with functional items such as plates and bowls. A visit here is an excellent opportunity to experience this rich culture and to purchase some beautiful handcrafted works of art. The stone is found in a series of large open quarries throughout the Gucha area, which have also proved equally rich in uncovered fossil evidence and prehistoric artifacts. The success of this industry shows in the town of Tabaka, where every household seems to be busily engaged in carving, polishing, washing and packaging stoneware. This very success has meant the preservation of a very important cultural tradition. Cooperative workshops have been formed to produce work for the international market. Kisii stone is sold worldwide, and several works by Tabaka artists have found a place in major international art collections.
Dinner and overnight stay at Jumuia Kisumu Guest House
Day 9 Kisumu Town – Nairobi
Day 10: Nairobi – Departure
End of safari
Cost of safari: US$ 1,580 per person sharing (minimum 4 adults traveling)
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