Kisumu City is part of Western Tourism Circuit in Kenya. There are many places to visit in the city since there are various forgotten areas in the country. Located in Kisumu County, the city is endowed with great natural, cultural and cultural diversity. Below are the top 10 tourist destinations in Kisumu. The list is neither exhaustive nor does it follow a specific order.
1. Impala Sanctuary
Impala Sanctuary is only one kilometer away from Kisumu Central Business District (CBD). Located near Hippo Point, the sanctuary features about 3km of picnic sites and nature trails. The walking sanctuary is a home for animals that require some kind of special protection in the densely populated Kisumu City. Zebras and impalas roam in the sanctuary freely. It is both a peaceful and a shady place full of picnic areas and birdlife. The sanctuary is open throughout the year and provides refuge from the city. The sanctuary provides venues for functions, corporate events and weddings too. Lastly, Impala Sanctuary is opened 6am everyday to 6pm. Only cash payments are acceptable. You can also walk into the sanctuary on foot.
2. Dunga Hill Camp
Additionally, it is possible to catch boat rides especially for those who cannot use kayaks. This way, you can enjoy Lake Victoria’s interesting scenery. Dunga Hill Camp provides the most beautiful place to camp. In this serene location, you will watch amazing sunsets and hippos. You don’t know what you are missing if you’ve never visited Dunga Hill Camp!
3. Hippo Point
Hippo Point is located in a 600-acre piece of land viewing Lake Victoria. In spite of its name, Hippo Point is known since it provides an unobstructed view of sunset over Lake Victoria. Additionally, the occasional hippopotamuses make Hippo Point one of the fascinating places in Kisumu. Hippo Point is located near Dunga village and South West of Kisumu. Dunga village has both a camping site and fishing port.
In Hippo Point, you can enjoy some boat rides while checking out birds and hippopotamuses in their respective natural habitats. You also get an opportunity to fish and enjoy Kisumu’s scenery from deep waters. Hippo Point is popular especially during the holidays and weekends. Foes, merry-makers, friends and fun-loving people converge to enjoy themselves.
4. Kit Mikayi
There are so many myths and stories about Kit Mikayi. Some of them are very interesting and provide an entertainment for visitors. You will also visit the many caves, which are now worshipping places for Legio Maria sect. The sect pays pilgrimage for fast and prayers. You will also get a chance to climb Kit Mikayi to get a good span and breadths of Lake Victoria, Kisumu International Airport, Kisumu City and the beautiful rolling plains. You can do picnics in this place too or even engage in football matches with the local people. You will get a totally different experience.
5. Kisumu Museum
The museum has numerous pavilions. Some of these pavilions contain aquaria, live animals, weaponry, mambas, puff adders, snakes, spitting cobras, crocodiles, jewelry, fish, birds, artifacts, stuffed animals and rock arts. When you visit Kisumu Museum, you will get an opportunity to enjoy the traditional Luo culture.
6. Kiboko Bay
Kiboko Bay is a resort endowed with fascinating natural attractions and charms. The lake’s sheer expanse is important in making it a major tourist destination. The resort has a vibrant birdlife. You also get an opportunity to see mangrove forests and unspoiled wetlands. It also has the splendid sunsets in the iridescent and glistening sweet waters.
7. Flea Market
The Flea Market is served with two main flea markets, that is, Oile and Kibuye Markets. Kibuye Market is the largest open/flea air market in Easter Africa popular especially on Sundays. Here, you will get a good opportunity to buy and sell products. Cheap second-hand clothing is very prominent in Kibuye Market. You will also shop for groceries in the numerous green groceries located in the surrounding areas.
Oile Market is located near Bus Park, which was once a very nice public park. Unfortunately, hawkers have invaded the public park. Oile Market is usually open throughout the entire week. Here, you will buy green groceries and second-hand staff.
8. Kisumu’s Nightlife
Inside the town, all the way to the Kisumu International Airport and Mamboleo, you will get entertained throughout the night. Security in Kisumu City is tight. However, BEWARE OF DRUGGING IN CLUBS! Mind your drinks too while in clubs and lounges. Some clubs can be notorious.
9. Starflix Cinemas and Planet Media
Starflix Cinema and Planet Media have superior and smoother sound clarity. This will give you the best movie experience in the lakeside city. Both Starflix Cinema and Planet Media are located in Mega City Mall, which is along Kisumu-Nairobi highway.
10. Bike Rides
You can also tour Kisumu City riding on a bodaboda and tuk-tuk bikes. However, the charges are higher.
There are many other fascinating tourist attractions in Kisumu City. Maasai Market and Kisumu Art House are also some of the interesting places this area. However, in my opinion, the article summarizes the top 10 places to visit in Kisumu.