Kisumu & Lake Victoria
Kisumu was elevated to city status in december 2001. Major Towns in Nyanza are Kidii, Siaya and Homa Bay. The inhaitants of the province include the Luo, the Kuria, Gusii, and Suba. These communities have very interesting cultures and traditions. The main economic activities in Nyanza are fishing and agricuture.
The most popular items and souveniers to buy are Kisii soapstone carvings and sculptors, curios, straw fishcerman hats and papyrus reed mats. The close proximity to the lake makes fishing popular sport in this area, and also places around Lake Victoria. There is a good golf club by the lake off the Kisumu/Busia Road.
You can enjoy BENGA, which in the Luo language means ”something beatuful”. It is a hight. energy music with a pulsing beat, great bass lines and luscious unterkoching guitar riffs.
Lake Victoria is about the size of Ireland covering an expansive 67850 sq km and forming a natural boundary between the three east african countries of Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. Kenya’s share is the smallest at about 3785 sq km. The lake is also the source of the River Nile and boasts of sandy beaches and many small Islands.
Hippo Point, just outside Kisumu is an exceptional vantage point for viewing hippo, and is known for its beautiful sunsets. Also near Kisumu town you can spot plenty of large water birds that nests and breed between March and July.
Kisumu Museum, opend in 1980, is off the road from Nairobi. The museums exhibits include a fresh water aquarium, an outdoor snake park, tortoise pens that house the 300 year old tortoise from the seychelles in 1930, and the culture of the local people. On e of the main attractions is the traditional Luo homestead complete with livestock pens and a granary. The Kisumu Impala Sanctuary is an animal orphanage where the rare sitatunga antelope is found.
Kibuye Market is one of the busiest and largest markets of Kenya. Here you can see, breathe and expierence the day-to-day life of the people of Nyanza.
Mfangano Island Camp
Rusinga Island Lodge
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