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Kakamega Kenya

Kakamega is a town in western Kenya lying about 30 km north of the Equator. It is the provincial headquarters of Western Province. It is also headquarters to the Kakamega District which is one of the eight districts of Western Province. Kakamega is less than 100 km north of Kisumu, the third largest city in Kenya and a port city on Lake Victoria.

BRIEF INTRODUCTION TO KAKAMEGA

Local Inhabitants of Kakamega are mostly the Luhya tribe, whose economic activity is mainly farming and fishing. Local companies include the West Kenya Sugar company.

Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology is a new institution of higher learning created by an act of parliament in December 2006 is in the heart of Kakamega town on the Kakamega- Webuye road. It is expected to spur growth in this capital of Western Province.

Kakamega forms a municipality with ten wards (Amalemba, Bukhulunya, Central, Mahiakalo, Maraba, Matende, Milimani, Musaa, Shibiriri and Sichilayi). All of them belong to Lurambi Constituency, which has a total of fifteen wards. The remaining five are located within Kakamega County Council, the rural council of Kakamega District.

Kakamega has a very huge rainforest which is now the Kakamega forest National Reserve. Kakamega forest resembles that of central African rainforest. Today Kakamega is a ‘forest island’, which is excellent for the bird watching, and in which many species not found else where in Kenya, are residents. The many song birds fill the air with various birdcalls hence an atmosphere of tranquility is established.

Insects are abundant in Kakamega and some are quite spectacular, such as giant Goliath beetles (Goliathus goliathus), pink and green African flower mantids (Pseudocreobotra wahlbergi), and numerous colorful butterflies.

Particularly well represented groups are ants (Formicidae), Lepidopterans, Orthopterans, and beetles. Gastropod mollusks, millipedes and spiders are also common

Animals commonly seen in the Kakamega reserve are: aardvark, baboon, olive, bushbuck, civet, hippopotamus, hyenas, squirrels and many other kinds of many animals. Kakamega is also home to Africa's largest and most aggressive cobra, the Kakamega forest cobra. Reputed by locals to spend a lot of time in the trees, stories abound of fearsome attacks on unsuspecting passers-by. Other snakes in the area include the forest adder, black mamba, and the green mamba.



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