Kisumu - Lake Victoria
Kiboko Bay Resort is located on the shores of Lake Victoria close to the little fishing village of Dunga, which is 5km from Kisumu. Dunga is one of the best places in Kenya to see the traditional ssese canoes being made. These are used to operate the local passenger service on the lake, also for fishing. Painted in bright colours, often depicting a favourite football team, the boats are 8 long and narrow and have a large outboard motor. They are known locally as yie , while those with sails are known as yie nange .
This friendly resort offers gorgeous views of the lake, excellent bird-watching, hippo spotting, sandy beaches, and numerous walks and boat rides.
Location and climate
Kisumu is 350 kilometres north of Nairobi on the shores of Lake Victoria.
By road: Kisumu is 350 km from Nairobi, 53 km from Kakamega, 83 km from Kericho, 121 km from Kisii and 142 km from Homa Bay.
By air: the trip by air to Nairobi takes around one hour and there are regular flights operated by Kenya Airways.
By water: Kisumu is linked by ferry with Kendu Bay, Homa Bay and Mbita (as well as to neighbouring countries).
Climate: hot and humid all year round.
Western Kenya, land of diversity
Western Kenya has it all. To the far west lie the mighty inland waters of Lake Victoria, the world's second largest freshwater lake after Canada's Lake Superior, and the regional capital of Kisumu.
Kisumu is Kenya's third largest town and provides a natural base for touring the region. Local attractions include: Kisumu Museum (open 8.30am-6.00pm daily), The Kisumu Impala Sanctuary (open 6.00am -7.00pm daily) and Ndere Island National Park (accessible by boat, open 6.00am - 7.00pm daily).
South-west of Kisumu, lying in the waters of Lake Victoria, are the islands of Rusinga (where Mary Leakey discovered the skull of Proconsul Africanus, a primitive anthropoid ape that lived on Rusinga three million years ago) and Mfangano (a centre of pre-history famous for its rock art).
A short distance to the north of Kisumu is the famous Kakamega Forest Reserve , a unique patch of lowland rainforest renowned for its abundant wildlife.
And travelling further north, but still within easy reach, are the contrasting wildernesses of the vast and rugged Mount Elgon National Park on the Ugandan border, famous for its bat-filled caves and salt-mining elephants, and Kenya's smallest National Park, Saiwa Swamp , the sanctuary of the semi-aquatic sitatunga antelope.
Few inland waters measure up to Lake Victoria, which has a surface area of 68,800 sq km, of which Kenya claims only 3,785 sq km. The lake is also bordered by Uganda and Tanzania. Unlike the lakes further west, Lake Victoria is not part of the Rift Valley system and is wide and shallow, being only 80 meters deep. The world's second largest freshwater lake (after Canada's Lake Superior), Lake Victoria is fed mainly by rainwater and drains more than 6,450 km to the north, via the Nile, to the Mediterranean Sea. First settled by the Luo peoples some five centuries ago, Lake Victoria was ‘discovered' as a potential source of the Nile by the English explorer John Hanning Speke in 1858.
Accommodation is presented in traditionally built Luo rondavels (circular cottages). Each ensuite room is attractively furnished and enjoys magnificent views of the lake.
Dining and bars
The camp offers a central dining room, lounge, gift shop and bar.
The camp welcomes children.
What to see and do
Fishing - by boat for Nile perch or by rod for tilapia (all boats are fully equipped).
Nature walks with resident guide.
Bird watching walks or boat rides.
Kiboko Bay Resort - Lake Victoria, Kisumu
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