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"Canopy of Natural Beauty"

The Reserve is located in the Lake Victoria basin, about 50km north of Kisumu city. Being the only remnant in Kenya of the unique Guineo-Congolian forest ecosystem, the park also offers unique wildlife and scenic beauty. For bird and butterfly watchers, this is the best place to visit. The forest is home to over 400 species of butterflies, 27 species of snakes and about 300 bird species. The park also supports more than 350 species of trees and 7 primate species including the endangered black and white colobus monkey, DeBrazza monkey,and vervet monkey. The Potto (the world's slowest mammal on earth), duikers and Dik diks are found here in Kakamega Forest National Reserve.

ACCESS

  • By Road: It is 415km away from Nairobi via Nakuru and Kapsabet towns.
  • By Air: There are no scheduled flights to Kakamega and visitors have to fly to Kisumu or Eldoret and then connect to Kakamega by road.

SIZE / LOCATION

  • 44 Km2.
  • Western Province

CLIMATE

  • Temperature ranges from 20-30 c and rainfall from 200mm – 700 mm
  • Two rain seasons: Long rains between March & April & short rains – Nov/ December

SMARTCARD REQUIRED?

Entry is by Cash only. The Cash Receipts can be bought at the Kakamega Forest National Reserve main gate or KWS Hqs Nairobi Cash office. Proof of identification will be required.

  • For Citizens – Valid Passport or National ID
  • For Residents – Valid Passport & re entry pass

MAJOR ATTRACTIONS

• Birdwatching: Over 300 bird species,
• Butterfly watching: There are over 400 species of butterflies
• Massive Trees, Scenic Spots and Waterfalls: Over 350 species of trees, and the forest holds mostly indigenous vegetation.
• Snakes: 27 species of snakes, ,
• Primates Watching: This is a Home to Debrazza monkey and other primates.

WILDLIFE

• Wildlife: Bush Pig, Duikers, Bushbuck, Clawless Otter, Giant Water Shrew, Squirrels, Tree Pangolin, Mongoose, Porcupine, Bats and Primates.
• Birds: 330 species of which some are found nowhere else in the country, common one being the Blue turaco.

WHERE TO STAY

In - Park Accommodation

  • No lodge in the park at the moment.

KWS Self – Catering Accommodation:

  • The Udo Bandas can accommodate upto 14 pax
  • Isukuti Guest House

Camping Facilities

  • Various Campsites located in the Park

ACTIVITY OPTIONS

  • Forest Walking
  • Camping
  • Hiking
  • Primate Watching
  • Bird and Butterfly Watching
  • Game watching
  • Self-Guided nature walks

WHAT TO TAKE WITH YOU

  • Camping equipment, Drinking water and picnic items if you intend to stay overnight. Also useful are: binoculars, camera, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses and guidebooks