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"Last retreat of the roan antelope"

Ruma National Park is the only Terestial Park in Nyanza Province. It was initially known as the Lambwe Valley Game Reserve in 1966 to protect its indigenous population of rare roan antelopes which is only found in Ruma. In 1983 it was gazetted and renamed Ruma N. Park.

It was renamed “Ruma” upon request of the local community. The area had been so named by one of Kenya’s most powerful wizard, the much feared Gor Mahia who lived around the area where the park is located.

Location

It is situated in Lambwe Valley in South Nyanza close to the shores of Lake Victoria, km from Kisumu, 10 km east of Lake Victoria and South West of Homa Bay and 425 km west of Nairobi.

ACCESS

Main access is from Kisumu via Homa Bay –via Kisii – 65 km.

From Kisii via Rongo to Rodi kopany

From Kisumu you can also go via Lwanda K’otieno from Lwanda K’otieno take ferry to Mbita then drive 20 km to Nyatoto Gate.

Park Gates
Kamato Gate-main gate 
Nyatoto Gate

CLIMATE

long rains fall in April-June and the short rains fall in October-December

MAJOR ATTRACTIONS

Roan antelope which is found nowhere else in the country.

Black rhinos,leopard, buffalo, hyena, Rothschild's giraffe, oribi, Jackson and lelwel hartebeest, impala, bohor reedbuck, serval cat, topi, baboons, vervet monkey, black rhinos,leopard, buffalo, hyena,honey badgers, bush pig and many more.

Birds – Over 400 species of birds have been recorded in this park. It is also renowned amongst ornithologists for its rare intra - African migrant, the blue swallow.

Facilities.

No accommodation in the park but there are a lot of good hotels in Homabay.

Activities

Game viewing, bird watching, picnic, camping, team building, meditation, sightseeing, sundowner.