Just next to the largest freshwater lake in Africa; Lake Victoria, lies the breathtaking and attractive Kisumu Impala Sanctuary. It is a peaceful and relaxing place to enjoy the natural beauty that abounds there. The unique sanctuary that spans about 38 ha of land, was initially created as a safe haven for the threatened impalas within Kisumu city and its environs hence deriving its fitting slogan; A Lakeshore Walk with Impalas… but has ended up being a rescue center for the endangered wild animals.
The sanctuary consists of two portions or sections that is separated by private developers. The sanctuary has been safe haven for many years to the threatened species like the impalas, the rare Sitatunga antelope, big cats, buffalos, giraffes, caged lions, leopard, cheetahs, baboons, hyena, jackals, bush duikers, bush buck and several primate species…..One actually gets to see these wild animals at a closer range as majority of them have been caged and are fed from their cages by trained game rangers. At times, tourists are allowed to feed these animals under the guidance of a ranger. This actually gives you as a tourist, an opportunity to engage one on one with the animal of your choice.…Wow, this is an experience that many would not want to miss…..
The sanctuary provides important open grazing for the local hippo population, with over 115 bird species recorded especially in the morning and late in the afternoon. Indeed, the sanctuary is a delight to birdwatchers. Not forgetting camp lovers…. The sanctuary is also a home to five campsites all with spectacular views of Lake Victoria. Nature walks and glass bottomed boat rides, compliment the activities availed at the magnificent and spectacular sanctuary.
Tourists touring the mighty sanctuary, worry not when it comes to accommodation, it is readily available that suits and ranges from the Impala eco-safari lodge with a 24-bed capacity and one campsite: State Lodge Campsite, the Sundowner tower which overlooks the railway trail and is a breath-taking area for sunsets on the shores of the great Lake Victoria, the second largest fresh water lake in the world.
Kisumu is located 355 Km North of Nairobi; take a Nairobi-Kisumu bus, once you arrive, the sanctuary is 3 km from Kisumu near Hippo Point.
The Flight from Nairobi takes around one hour to Kisumu Airport and lucky enough, there are constantly regular scheduled flights, take one and after alighting, proceed to the sanctuary.
Kisumu is linked by ferry with Kendu Bay, homa Bay and Mbita.Once in Kisumu proceed to the sanctuary which is 3km from there.