Kakamega Forest National Reserve

Kakamega Forest National Reserve

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Kakamega Forest National Reserve, situated in the Lake Victoria basin, about 50km north of Kisumu city, was opened in 1985 and is 418 Kms from Nairobi covering an area of 240 Sq. Kms. It is the only tropical rainforest in Kenya, left over from past millennia when dense rain forest stretched from West Africa, across Central Africa and into the highland areas on the west and eastern walls of the Great Rift Valley. For bird and butterfly watchers, this is the place to visit. The forest is home to over 400 species of butterflies, about 300 bird species and 27 species of snakes. The park also supports more than 350 species of trees and 7 primate species including the endangered DeBrazza monkey, black and white colobus monkey and vervet monkey. The Potto (the world's slowest mammal on earth), duikers and Dik diks are also found in Kakamega Forest National Reserve.

Suggested Travel Spots

Rondo Retreat

Rondo Retreat is a birders paradise situated in the heart of the Kakamega Rain Forest. The tranquil Retreat Centre in the Kakamega Rain Forest welcomes guests to make it their home for a few memorable days, pursuing your hobbies as a butterfly collector, beetle specialist, frog fancier, spider hunter, tourist or bird watcher. Among the vast array of birds the Kakamega Rain Forest is home to the flamboyant Great Blue Turaco, gemlike Emerald Cuckoo and the cacophonous Black-and-white casqued Hornbill. From the monkey family we have the blue Sykes, the red tailed, the common Black and White Colobus, and the rare deBrazza's. The Forest is also home to 40% of the total butterfly population of Kenya.

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