Kisumu Region

The Lake Victoria Environmental Education Centre

It is located in Kisumu town, Milimani estate next to Parkview and Sunset hotels and the Impala animal sanctuary, in a secure and quiet environment. It serves the former Nyanza and Western provinces and parts of the North rift. The centre is located close to Lake Victoria, largest fresh water Lake in Africa and world’s second largest

Core functions of the Centre

1. Promotes Environmental conservation education programmes within the Lake region with goal of securing the environmental integrity of L. Victoria and other key ecosystems in the region. The Centre offers conservation education to groups of students/pupils with the main objective of helping them gain more understanding on the L Victoria ecosystem and other important ecosystems within the region to enable them be aware of the economic, cultural and aesthetic value of these natural resources. Better understanding of the ecosystem goods and services helps to improve their attitude towards the environment.

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2. The Centre provides guided tours to the following sites in the region: L. Victoria, Ndere Island, Kitimikay cultural rocks, among other sites within the western tourism circuit.

3. Conducting capacity building workshops, seminars and tailor made trainings to wildlife club patrons and students (wildlife/Environmental club members) to help strengthen wildlife clubs in schools.

4. Supports conservation activities in schools through assisting wildlife clubs in establishing tree nurseries, tree labelling for schools to have talking compounds, sustainable agriculture projects, establishing nature trails, bird feeding tables, tree planting days in schools among other conservation activities

5. Provision of Mobile Education Unit – School outreach programme to promote conservation.

6. Offers accommodation services.

7. Accommodation Facilities, they include

(a). One guest house - It has a capacity of two pax charged at KES 1,250 @ per night. The guest house is ideal for self-catering as it has a gas cooker, utensils, a fridge and micro wave. It also has TV set.

(b). One banda - The banda has a capacity of 3 pax charged at KES 500 @. The banda is self-contained, with hot water shower

(c). 4 hostels - with a capacity of 80 pax. There are 2 categories hostels: self-contained one charged at KES 300@ per night for members; KES 350@ for non-members and KES 400@ for adults. The charges for the one that is not self-contained are KES 200 per night for members, KES 250 @ per night and KES 300 @ for adults.

Has a good ground for camping. The ground is also ideal for garden weddings and team building.

Has a well equipped kitchen for use by the groups being accommodated at the Centre. The kitchen is used by the groups at no extra cost. Guests carry their own food and charcoal.

Has a hall with a capacity of 50 pax for meetings. The cost of hiring the hall is KES 5,000 for members per day and KES 10,000 for non-members. The hall is available to groups being accommodated at the Centre at no extra cost. The hall is equipped with necessary conference equipments


The Western region also boasts the existence of the following areas of interest:

Thim Lich Ohinga- a prehistoric site that consists of dry stone enclosure which were wide spread in South Nyanza region. They were constructed about 300 years ago by unknown people. They are equivalent to the great Zimbabwe ruins.

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Fort Tenan

It lies on the Kavirondo Rift, a crack on the earth’s crust that runs at right angle to the main rift valley. This side crack was one of the first visible features of the rift valley and was formed about 10 million years ago.

Others are: Ndere Island, Ruma National Park, Kit-Mikaye, and the Yala delta among many others.

Ndere Island

Officially designated and gazetted as a National Park. The locals call it Chula Rabour- Chula meaning Island and Rabour- red thus Red island. They call it so because virtually all its top surface is covered with Themeda grass species, whose mature flowers are reddish in colour. Thus in large and dense masses they give the Island a close red tinge and thus its name. The Island (Park) covers, some 4.2 and is about 40kms west of Kisumu City. It was opened in 1986 especially after the translocation of 50 Impalas to that place from the Kisumu’s as Impala Park as well as creates an incentive or people to visit the Island. At times when insects are breeding within the last three months of the year, one can be amazed by the frivolous activity of dense masses of swifts, like mosquitoes, swooping and rising as they feed on flight. The diversity of birds both singing and warders is great. Hippos and the rarely spotted Crocodile take cool dives in the sheltered harbors of the Island. If you are lucky you will see both and possibly the porcupines that live here. Proper documentation of the biodiversity of Ndere Island is yet to be carried out and the explanation of how the non-flying or swimming individuals found their way here.

The Island has beautiful scenery with distant view of Homa Hill o its South; it’s sister Island Mageta Island, and the imagination of Kampala beyond Southwestern Horizon. The air and lake breeze leaves one with a feeling of freshness and buoyancy that you will feel like being on top of the world.

Lake Simbi Nyaima

Legends and folklore never ends. This crater lake of recent formation on the plains in Kokembo sub-location- central Karachuonyo, Homa bay district. A Luo legend has it that the lake came into being as a result of a chief who refused an old lady to join in the celebrations at his home. The old lady left his home annoyed and no sooner had she left that the chief’s home sunk with everything including the people and the buildings. In their place we have the lake. One amazing thing about the lake is that its water level hardly changes whether it rains or not. It has no inlet of outlet so it’s hard to explain the source of its water. It is a saline lake that has plenty of blue green algae. That is why during the dry period of July to December one can easily see plenty of greater and lesser flamingos.

The Kit Mikaye

This is a site to behold. It is on its way to Ndere Island and thus the best place to stop for a splendid sunset view. Its caves are full of African Insect bats. And has lovely places to stretch your back. Kit Mikaye means, the seat-Kit of the first wife-Mikaye. Legend has it that the husband of this lady left her here to go marry a second wife. When she died she was buried here and after sometime her bones were thrown up by some god and created these spectacular arrangements of boulders. And so they remain to date. It’s hard to believe that such delicate balance of stones could remain for all these years.