Kisumu, Kenya's main trading center on the Lake Victoria.


Kisumu Kenya

Kisumu is a port city in Western Kenya and it is the third largest city in Kenya and second most important city after Kampala in the greater basin of Lake Victoria. Kisumu literally means a place of barter trade “sumo” In addition; Kisumu serves as the communication and trading confluence for the Great Lakes region - Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi.


Kisumu city has quite a variety of attractions that include; kibuye market, the kisumu city museum, a bird sanctuary, hippo point, and the just nearby Kit mikaye and Ndere island national park.

The museum of Kisumu city was established in the 80s and has a series of outdoor pavilions. Live animals are contained is some of the pavilion. There is a pavilion that contains numerous aquaria with a wide variety of fish from Lake Victoria, crocodiles, spitting cobras,

puff adders and other venomous Kenyan snakes are contained in other pavilion containers.

Weaponry, ornaments, farm tools and other artifacts are in other pavilions. UNESCO-sponsored by Bergidala is the most important and largest exhibition in the Kisumu city museum. This is a full-scale recreation of a traditional Luo homestead. The exhibition explains the origins of the luo people their migration to western Kenya, and traditional healing plants.

Kisumu city is location of the kisumu impala sanctuary. The sanctuary is one of Kenya’s smallest wildlife reserves. Herd of impala, hippos, reptiles, and birds are all found in the sanctuary. Hippo point is better known as a viewing point for its unobstructed sunsets over the lake than for its occasional hippos.

Then there is another great site, the kit mikaye which is a large rock with three rocks on top. It is a weeping rock with a myth that claims that Mikayi (a wife) went up the hill to the stones when her husband took a second wife, and has been weeping ever since.

When you visit kisumu city make a point to visit the ndere national park. Trek to the lake shore and catch a boat to Ndere Island National park. According to Luo legend and myth, Ndere (meeting place) is the place where Mikaye the mother of the

Luo rested after along journey down the Nile to the lake Victoria before reaching her home Kit- Mikaye.

The day is spent in search of lakes largest crocodiles, monitor lizards, birds, water antelopes etc. Enjoy fishing in the evening and taste your catch for dinner overnight.

However, kisumu city having being blessed with all this great resources was hit hard by the post-elections violence. It is estimated that massive loss was incurred by the local business community in this Lakeside City, which is located on the Eastern shore of Lake Victoria.

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