Lake Nakuru, Lake Bogoria, and the Serengeti
One of Kenya’s major tourist attractions is the town of Kisumu in the Northern part of the country. It is situated in the Rift Valley and enjoys the status of being one of the most important economic centers in Kenya. The high annual tourism influx supports the economy of Kisumu and many Kenyans living abroad (such as expats from Britain and America) visit this beautiful city on holiday to earn some income. For those visiting Kenya for the first time, it can be an exciting place to explore but for those who have visited it in the past, it offers an eerie reminder of the early days of the country’s independence. It is still home to many camps and settlements where people still live in traditional ways and there are still a local pride and sense of community spirit which are often missing from modern Kenya. If you are thinking of visiting Kenya one of the things you should definitely do is to make a trip to Kisumu.
One of the many places that should be on your list of Kenya travel destinations is the town of Kisumu and its nearby caves. There are many interesting things to see in the surrounding caves such as the Big 5 caves, the old and the new hotels, the impala sanctuary, the national park and many other interesting landmarks. It is also possible to participate in adventure activities such as paragliding over the desert or exploring the caves using scooters. The Big 5 Caves lie on the eastern side of town and you will find the older hotels in the south-western part of town next to the caves. The impala sanctuary is in the north-western corner of the city near Lake Naivasha and here you will also find the national park, where you can feed the big herds of impala.
Another must see attraction in town is the Kisumu amusement park, which is very popular with tourists. The main highlight of the park is the Big five roller coasters, which are placed on the ground and are comparable to those you would find at many other theme parks across the USA. You will find two other smaller amusement parks outside of Kisumu, one is near the village of Mombasa and the other is near Lake Naivasha. Most tourists on their Kenya safari will opt for the amusement park, as the experience there is much more varied than the old style game rooms you will find in Kenya tourist villages.
One of the best things about the town of Kisumu is the view from its lakes, which is a clear indication that Kenya’s lakes offer some of the finest opportunities for wildlife viewing. Two of the main lakes in town have the highest concentration of water birds, and the other main lake offers excellent opportunities to watch wild elephants basking on the banks of the lake. Other popular wildlife include the lake baboon, the giant anteater and the red colobus. If you want to learn more about the local wildlife of Kenya, you can either join a guided safari, or learn about it yourself by visiting one of the many informative wildlife parks around the area.
If your stay in Kenya does not include a visit to the amusement park, there are still plenty of exciting things to do in the western part of the country. One of the most popular activities in town is swimming, with lake shores and beaches bordering on the Indian Ocean. Lake Nakuru is also a popular beach where families gather, with many staying in holiday villas on the outskirts of town. Lake Bogoria is also an attraction, with thousands of flamingos flocking to the lake during the winter months. Western Kenya is also famous for its game reserves, with the best known one being Masai Mara.
Tourism in Kenya is the single largest industry, employing thousands of Kenyans. Many first time tourists to Kenya come here on business opportunities, such as sending staff to Uganda or Nairobi. While many of these visitors will stay in Nairobi, others opt to travel to Kisumu. As the capital of Kenya, Kisumu offers a more cosmopolitan flair, with large numbers of expatriates from Europe and America settling here for work or a holiday. With access to some of the finest holiday resorts in Kenya, living in Kenya’s countryside is a comfortable option for those looking for peace and quiet.