List Of Best Places To Visit In Kakamega County

In this article, we focus on the Best Places to visit in Kakamega County. Kakamega is one of the most culturally diverse counties in Kenya given that it is host to over 10 indigenous sub-tribes.

Kakamega county has 9 constituencies in total namely Butere, Mumias, Matungu, Khwisero, Shinyalu, Lurambi, Ikolomani, Lugari and Malava. The county is blessed with beautiful terrain any nature lover will fall in love with. Here is a list of the best places to visit in Kakamega County.

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1. Kakamega Forest National Reserve

Time has stood still for the Kakamega Forest, a remnant of the rain forest that stretched all across Central Africa. This beautiful forest is home to various mammals including bush pigs, giant forest hedgehogs, colobus monkeys, Debrazzar monkeys and pottos. Some of the birds to be seen here include the Blue Headed Bee Eater, Black Billed Turaco, Turner’s Eremomela and Grey Parrots. Bird watching, hiking and rock climbing are some of the activities that can be enjoyed here in the serenity of the forest that time forgot.

2. The Crying Stone (Ikhongo Murue)

The Crying Stone at Ilesi, along the Kakamega-Kisumu Road. It is a popular attraction for both visitors and locals. The formation, which resembles a solemn head resting on tired shoulders, is made up of a large boulder balanced atop a massive column of rock, down which ‘tears’ flow. Water streams down from the top of the massive towering basil, which is a unique phenomenon. According to mythology, it is the transfixed image of a jilted woman who remains in mourning over what happened to her.

3. Isiukhu Falls

It is a small waterfall located within the Kakamega Forest. The sound of water cascading down Isiukhu Falls makes everyone want to climb the steep rocks and get as close to this beautiful sight as possible. In terms of observation adventures, it is one of the most visited natural sites in Kakamega. This is where one can take some time out of their busy schedules and immerse themselves in nature’s beauty.

4. Nabongo Cultural Center

Nabongo Cultural Center is unquestionably a must-see attraction in Kakamega. The centre was started in 2008 to reflect on the past, and the current ways of the kingdom at Eshiembekho, in Matungu. Nabongo was a king and cultural monarch of the Wanga or Abawanga. this is a sub-tribe of the Luhya people within Kenyan history. At first glance, the buildings that welcome visitors to the compound appear modern, but as one delves deeper into the centre, the traditional aspects become notable.

5. Malava Forest

It is a tropical forest on Kakamega-Webuye Road. It is approximately 10 hectares in size. Malava Forest provides an escape from Kakamega town. The forest contains a variety of trees, each with its name, such as Nkondo, Elingaa, and Somboo. It also houses many animals such as monkeys, baboons, and birds. This location appeals to nature lovers. It’s a cool place to watch birds and hike through nature trails.

6. Rondo Retreat Center

It is a peaceful and serene retreat centre for nature lovers. It is home to several rare plant and bird species, making it an ideal location for birdwatching. Rondo is a Christian centre by Trinity fellowship, alcoholic drinks are not allowed on the premise. Rondo can accommodate up to 35 people but it can serve up to 50 pax for lunch or dinner and it offers a conference facility for a small groups. This retreat is an ideal place for Missionaries and Tourists visiting the Kakamega forest.

7. Masinde Muliro Gardens

This famous garden is incredibly beautiful and boasts a variety of tropical trees such as the bamboo tree. This beautiful garden is ideal for picnics and team-building activities. The park is open to the public and its history goes back to 1930 when it was established by gold prospecting colonialists. The current name of the park was given to it the same year Kenya gained its independence. The park got its name after Elijah Masinde Muliro, one of the country’s freedom fighters from Western Kenya. It became a national museum site in 2002.

8. Rosterman Mines

The gold mines, which are located along the Kakamega-Mumias road, provide a unique opportunity for firsthand observation of the local gold-mining industry. Even though industrial mining has been prohibited by the county government, the mines continue to attract visitors, including students and tourists.

9. Ilesi Pottery Centre

The Isukha and Idhaho Sub Tribes of the Luhya are renowned potters who have revived this age-old art into a thriving industry that produces a dizzying array of finely crafted earthenware. Aside from their practical use, the wares make the excellent decor. Visitors can also watch craftsmen at work or explore nearby Ikhongo Murue off Kisumu-Kakamega Road.

10. Bukhungu Stadium

The Bukhungu Stadium in Kakamega, Kenya, is a multi-purpose stadium. It is primarily used for football matches and serves as the home stadium for Western Stima of Kenya’s Premier League. The stadium has a capacity of 5,000 people. The stadium has been renovated and expanded, with phase one of the main stand now complete.

11. Savona Isle Resort

The African-inspired resort is set on three acres of land surrounded by the Isikhu River. The meandering river that flows from the Kakamega forest has the appearance of an island because of its U-shape. The island of Savona is accessed via a permanent bridge that leads to well-kept lawns dotted with manure trees and hedges. It is ideal for day trips as well as overnight stays. Conveniently located near Kakamega Town and the beautiful Kakamega National Forest Reserve.

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