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Family Fun: 5 Places to Check Out in Kisumu

Article by Maureen Kasuku
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Posted: September 07, 2020

As  COVID-19 restrictions continue to ease, families drained by cabin fever are venturing out and looking for an escape from the rigors of life amid the pandemic. If you’re adventurous enough and you have the coins to spare, Kisumu offers plenty of family-friendly spots you and the kids can indulge in. 

Here are 5 places for you and the kids to enjoy some time out:

Kisumu Museum 

Immerse yourselves in the rich history of the peoples of Western Kenya at the Kisumu Museum. Its exhibits focus on the natural and cultural history of Western Kenya. It features a collection of local flora and fauna, as well as a traditional Luo homestead. Entrance fee is Ksh 200 for adults and Ksh 100 for kids.

Kisumu Impala Sanctuary 

Nestled along the shores of lake Victoria, Kisumu impala sanctuary is a haven for impalas, the rare Sitatunga antelope as well as big cats, buffalos, giraffes, cheetahs and several primate species. The sanctuary is also home to five campsites all with spectacular views of Lake Victoria. Entrance fee is Ksh 200 for adults and Ksh 100 for kids.

Dunga Hill Camp

A great place  to have lunch with the kids. They have delicious, freshly caught fried tilapia on the menu everyday. Enjoy your meal and drinks with spectacular views of the lake. They have a campsite too and for Ksh 900 per person, you can spend a night at dunga hill. Tent and hygiene facilities provided on site.

Hippo Point

Accessible via Harambee road, Hippo point is a free to access beach and is a great place to go hippo spotting and bird watching. The hippo site is barricaded for public safety. There are designated spots for boat rides. The glass bottomed boats charge Ksh 1000/hour and can carry up to 6 people.

Kit Mikayi

Located along Kisian- Bondo- Usenge road, Kit Mikayi is a rock formation, around 120 m high situated about 29 km west of Kisumu town. This arrangement of impressive stone stands tall above the surrounding rocks in Kangeso village. It is said that Kit Mikayi poses like a woman with a load on her back. You are able to climb the rocks to observe the span of Lake Victoria, Kisumu City and the Kisumu International Airport. It’s free to access but local guides can be hired for Ksh 300. They’ll take you around and also explain the bizarre superstitions behind the rocks.

 

*Image: Courtesy 

 

About the author

Maureen Kasuku

Maureen is our resident cat lady and Beyoncé stan. She writes about spas, brunch and ballet recitals but has never been to any. Moonlights as a social justice activist in her spare time. She knows things and is obnoxiously opinionated on the internet but not in real life

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