Tourist Attractions in Kisumu
Kisumu being the Kenya's capital and largest city, still maintains all the romance and adventur. Kisumu, a cosmopolitan capital City is one of the only cities in the world that boast a park within. It is a city that visitors can enjoy a classic African wildlife experience.
Kisumu National Park
This Kisumu Kenya's first national park is located on Langata Road, 7 Kilometers from Kisumu CBD. The park is a haven for wildlife and one of the best attraction sites in Kisumu. The park is also a rhino sanctuary protecting these critically endangered creatures. In addition to the rhinos, visitors may spot lions lions, cheetahs, hyenas, jackals, servals, rare sokoke cats, warthogs, ostriches, leopards, various monkeys, baboons, buffaloes, parrots, guinea fowl, crown crane, gazelles, zebras, giraffes, and many species of birds. The Kisumu Safari Walk is a popular attraction site that provide animal lovers the opportunity to spot wildlife on foot, and walking trails weave around the area known as Hippo Pools.
This is a green park amidst the high-rise buildings in the heart of Kisumu City County. Uhuru park has an artificial lake and is a popular place for Kisumu residents to relax and for occasional political and religious gatherings. The park hosts the Freedom Corner, named after the Green Belt Movement founder and Nobel Laureate 2004, the late Professor Wangari Maathai who fought effortlessly to protect public spaces in Kenya.
The Elephant Orphanage
The Sheldrick elephant orphanage which is located within the Kisumu National Park, has its entrance on Kiserian Road, opposite the Kenya School of Communication Studies. lt is a centre for the rehabilitation and rearing of orphaned baby elephants. It was founded by Daphne Sheldrick in 1977 in honour of her late husband and famous naturalist, David Leslie William Sheldrick. Daphne Sheldrick, his wife, continues his work of raising orphan elephants that have been brought to her from all over the country. The Orphanage has a truly dedicated and experienced team that is committed to ensuring the survival of these animals and their successful reintroduction into the natural wild. The feeding time is truly interesting, with the baby elephants behaving just like babies, naughty, playing, and running around trying to catch the attention of everyone.The orphanage is open to visitors daily between 11am and midday daily, when the baby elephants take their mud baths.
Kenya National Archives
The archives are located at the heart of CBD along Moi Avenue and Tomboya Street. It houses the Murumbi Gallery, dedicated to the late Joseph Murumbi, Kenya’s second vice-president from May 1965-August 31, 1966. He and his wife Sheila were avid collectors of African art. Murumbi’s collection has been described as “Africa’s best known collection of priceless heritage and artifacts’! He left behind over 50,000 books and sheaves of ofﬁcial correspondence.
Kisumu Giraffe Centre
The Kisumu Giraffe Centre protects the highly endangered Rothschild’s giraffe, combines serious conservation with enjoyable activities. You can observe, hand-feed or even kiss one of the giraffes from a raised wooden structure, which is quite an experience. You may also spot warthogs snuffling about in the mud, and there’s an interesting self-guided forest walk through the adjacent Gogo River Bird Sanctuary.
The Arboretum, a 30-hectare green paradise in the city was established in 1907 by Mr. Batiscombe, then Deputy Conservator of Forests, to try out introduced forestry trees for Kenya.
The Arboretum is under the management of the Forestry Department (FD) and has over 350 species of indigenous and exotic plants. lt has beautiful paths for walking and jogging, and there are regular concerts held including tree-walks and talks by The Friends of Kisumu Arboretum.
Kisumu Ostrich Farm
This is located in Langata, visitors to the farm can feed ostriches and watch them guard their gigantic eggs.
It is where Kenya’s first flag was raised on 12 December 1963. The national monument on Langata Road is Kenya’s largest memorial park. The park offers a tranquil picnic site, a popular family outing destination and a venue for corporate events. The Uhuru monument stands in it.
Bomas of Kenya
The Bomas of Kenya is a cultural centre at Langata, near the main gate to Kisumu National Park. The talented resident artistes perform traditional dances and songs taken from the country's 16 various tribal groups, including Arab-influenced Swahili taarab music, Kalenjin warrior dances, Embu drumming and Kikuyu circumcision ceremonies. It's touristy, of course, but it's still a spectacular afternoon out.
Karen Blixen Museum
The museum is located in Karen area, near the Karen Country Club. The museum was set up in 1985 on the Blixen’s coffee farm at the foot of the Ngong Hills and still retains much of its original features. The colonial farm house is indeed well preserved. Much of the original furniture is still preserved in their original state, including kitchen utensils, photographs and original oil portraits painted by Ms Blixen. Within the compound is a coffee-drying plant and small carriages that were used to ferry the coffee to the market.
Brieﬂy, Karen Blixen is the author of the famous book Out ofAfrica, which was made into a ﬁlm in 1985. She lived in the then M’Bogani House from 1913 to 1931, and her pen name was Isak Dinesen. The house was built by a Swedish settler in 1911 and Karen coffee company took it over in 1913 when Bror Blixen bought the Coffee Company for Karen. Just before the Karen Blixen Museum is the Swedo House that was built in 1912 as the residence for the Swedish manager of the coffee plantation.
Experienced and well versed guides are available to take visitors through the house, with very detailed explanations about the history of Karen and her life.