Kakamega Forest National Reserve

The Kakamega Forest National Reserve is in the Lake Victoria basin, about 50 kilometres north of Kisumu city.

Being the only remnant in Kenya of the unique Guineo-Congolian forest ecosystem, the park has unique wildlife and scenic beauty.

Including reserves, the forest encloses about 230 square kilometres, a little less than half of which is an indigenous forest.

Yala River flows through the reserve.

There are numerous grassy clearings and glades.

Large mammals are rare.

Part of the forest also contains unique and rich highland ecosystems.

The climate is very wet with over 200 -700mms of rain annually.

Major Attractions:
•    Birdwatching: Over 300 bird species, including endemics like the Great blue turaco
•    Butterflies: over 400 species of butterflies including endemics like the red glider
•    Massive Trees, Scenic Spots and Waterfalls: Over 350 species of trees, the forest holds mostly indigenous vegetation and River Yala
•    Snakes: 27 species of snakes
•    Primates: Home to Debrazza monkey, the red monkey, the blue monkey, the colobus monkey and other primates
•    Wildlife: Bush pig, duikers, bushbuck, Clawless otter, mongoose, Giant water shrew, squirrels, Tree pangolin, porcupine, bats and primates


By Road:

The reserve is 415 kilometres from Nairobi via Nakuru and Kapsabet towns, 50 kilometres away from Kisumu city and 40 kilometres from Eldoret town.

By Air:

There are no scheduled flights to Kakamega and visitors have to fly to Kisumu or Eldoret and connect to Kakamega by road.

In - Park Accommodation:

  • Rondo Retreat
  • KWS Self – Catering Accommodation
  • Udo Bandas can accommodate upto 14 pax
  • Isukuti Guest House

Camping Facilities:

  • Various Campsites located in the Park


  • Camping
  • Hiking
  • Primate Watching
  • Bird and Butterfly Watching
  • Guided nature walks