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Wednesday, 05 December 2012 08:47

Places to See in Kisumu

Written by Duara Safaris



Kisumu City has plenty to offer for visitors and therefore provides an opportunity for the visitor to enjoy sights and sounds of Kisumu when they stay there we recommend the following


Kisumu Museum

Unlike many local museums, Kisumu Museum is an interesting and often informative place. The displays are wide ranging and well presented. There is a very good collection of traditional everyday items used by the region's various peoples, including agricultural implements, bird and insect traps, food utensils, clothing, furniture, weapons and musical instruments. There is also a fairly motley collection of stuffed birds and animals, including an amazing airborne lion mauling a wildebeest. Outside, a traditional Luo homestead has been constructed, consisting of the husband's thatched mud-house and separate houses for wife one, two and three


Ndere Island National Park

Gazetted as the Ndere Island National Park in 1986; It is forested and very beautiful, housing a variety of bird species, plus hippos, impalas (introduced) and spotted crocodiles, a lesser-known cousin of the larger Nile crocodile. Ndere means "meeting place" in the language of the local Luo tribe. According to the Luo folklore, Kit Mikayi, mother of the tribe, rested up near Ndere after her long journey south down the Nile valley. She found the lush shorelines so pleasing that she and her people stayed.


Impala Sanctuary

On the road to Dunga is Kenya Wildlife Service's 1-sq-km Impala Sanctuary. Besides being home to a small impala herd, it also provides important grazing grounds for local hippos. You will find a pleasant nature trail and a not so pleasant animal orphanage.


Hippo Point

Grassy and palm-laden Hippo Point sticks into Lake Victoria at Dunga, about 3km south of town, and is a pleasant spot to head for, though you're not guaranteed to see any hippos.


Kisumu Bird Sanctuary

The Kisumu Bird Sanctuary, 8km southeast of town, covers a large area of swampland and is an important breeding ground for herons, storks, cormorants and egrets. The best time to visit is in April or May. Transport is easy along the A1, but you will have a 3km walk from the turn-off.



Tuesday, 04 December 2012 06:44

Accommodation in Kisumu

Written by Duara Safaris



Kisumu City! Wish you could hear that role of my tongue. There is a dialect the Luo communities have and there pronunciation is pleasant to listen to and sometime s fun too. Kisumu has an array of accommodation unfortunately we can’t list them all however we have given you a choice of a few why don’t you check them out…also if you have a favorite accommodation stop in Kisumu we’d love to hear from you.

Kiboko Bay Resort

Kiboko Bay resort is adjacent to Dunga Fishing village Kisumu. It is situated on an old quarry on the shores of Lake Victoria. Kiboko Bay Resort has premier accommodation one deluxe suite and nine permanent spacious tents all en suite. Each room is built on a raised wooden deck beneath the comforting cool canopy of giant thatched roof with views of the expansive Kavirodo Bay and the distant Islands of Ndere and Moboko. From Kiboko Bay, one can enjoy spectacular views of the shimmering waters of Lake Victoria and in the morning one wakes up to the chatter of different birds while hippos graze on the shores of the lake. . It is 10 minutes’ drive from the city center and 20 minutes drive from the airport. Kiboko Bay boasts of a swimming pool, pool bar and a jetty

Imperial Hotel

Imperial Hotel has a reputation of upholding hospitality values despite the changing times! Situated on the shores of the world’s second largest fresh water lake- lake Victoria, The decor of the guest rooms has a wonderful blend of practical comfort and style. Rooms are in different configurations with elegance and comfort with internal decor that has a relaxing mood: 3.5 hours by road from Masai Mara Game Reserve, 8 km from Kisumu Airport while the Impala Game Sanctuary is 10 minutes’ drive. The location makes it ideal for guests; it’s strategically linked via airways, railways, waterways and roads.

Mfangano Island Camps

Mfangano Island Camp is situated under ancient fig tree on the unspoiled Island of Mfangano in Lake Victoria and occupies an entire secluded bay in the Western shores of the island. The camp, a small remote hideaway is a perfect place to combine with your safari. the camp has six rondavels; 4 double rondavels and 2 twin rondavels tastefully decorated in the Luo tribal style of thatch and clay. All rooms are open to the lake with uninterrupted views and spectacular sunset. . It is only 40 minutes charter flight from Masai Mara followed by a 15 minutes boat ride along the tropical shore line. Set in the world’s second largest fresh water lake, Mfangano Island Camp is an oasis of tranquility with no roads making it an ideal retreat from the bustle of the 21st century.

Kisindi Lodge & Spa, Lake Victoria

Kisindi Lodge & Spa is situated on the shores of Lake Victoria, in the lush green Western Kenyan country side. The spa is a hidden gem that will allow you to relax and unwind form the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Kisindi Lodge & Spa is a sanctuary of tranquillity; guests are accommodated in traditional grass thatched cottages. It has 5 exclusive cottages with a double and a single bed. Each cottage has its own bathroom with piped hot and cold water, generous showers, and a veranda which overlooks the lake and which will allow you to see the fishermen set sail in the morning. Located just 1 ½ hours’ drive by car or an easy 2½ hour cruise over the lake from Kisumu airport.

Kisumu sunset hotel

Sunset hotel is situated in a magnificent landscape garden with unrivaled view of Lake Victoria, just 5 minutes from Kisumu city center and 15 minutes from the Kisumu Airport. The lodge borders the Kisumu Impala Sanctuary – a haven for endangered impala and a secure grazing ground for hippo. The hotel has 50 rooms

Rusinga Island Lodge

Rusinga Island lodge is located in Western Kenya, eighty miles west of the Masai Mara on Rusinga Island in Lake Victoria - the world’s second largest freshwater lake. Accommodation is in 7 individual cottages and 1 family cottage comprising a twin room and double room with an interconnecting door. Each cottage is en suite and has its own veranda overlooking the lake. Bedrooms are either twin (with 2 queen size beds) or double (with 1 king size. The Lodge can be accessed by private charter - an hour and a half flight from Nairobi, or from Masai Mara - 30 minutes. The lodge’s airstrip is directly in front of the lodge.


Monday, 03 December 2012 06:48

Discover Kisumu

Written by Duara Safaris


Kisumu city as it is fondly know with the locals and Kenyans is a port city in western Kenya. It is the third largest city in Kenya, the principal city of western Kenya. Kisumu literally means a place of barter trade "sumo". The port was founded in 1901 as the main inland terminal of the Uganda Railway and named Port Florence. Kisumu became a trading post - attracting the Luo people from as far as Migori and Siaya. A person going to Kisumu at that time would say, "Adhi Kisuma" to mean I'm going to trade. From the word "Kisuma", the word for a trading post in Luo is "Kisumo". Kisumu the ultimate name for the town is an English corruption of the word "Kisumo". I bet most of you didn't know that l just love the small details. Anyway continuing our story; Kisumu was identified by the British explorers in early 1898 as an alternative railway terminus and port for the Uganda railway, then under construction. It was to replace Port Victoria, then an important center on the caravan trade route, near the delta of River Nzoia. Kisumu was ideally located on the shores of Lake Victoria at the cusp of the Winam Gulf, at the end of the caravan trail from Pemba, Mombasa and Malindi and had the potential for connection to the whole of the Lake region by steamers.

Currently, Kisumu is one of the fastest growing cities in Kenya. It is thriving with rich sugar and rice irrigation industries, whose contribution to the National economy is immense due to its natural resources and as the epicenter for business in East Africa. Attractions in the city include Kibuye Market, the Kisumu Museum, an impala sanctuary, a bird sanctuary, Hippo Point, and the nearby Kit Mikaye and Ndere Island National Park. In recent times Kisumu has grown in popularity since U.S. President Barack Obama's father is from the village of Nyang'oma K’ogelo, 37 miles or 60 km from Kisumu. The President’s re-election put K’ogelo firmly on the map of the world as international media were there gauging the reaction and hopes of the grandmother, relations of Obama and the villagers in his re-election. Take a journey with us and discover Kisumu…as always we’d love to hear from you.

Friday, 30 November 2012 07:10

How to get to Embu

Written by Duara Safaris


1. Public Transport to Embu

Most of the public transport service providers from Nairobi to Embu are located along Accra road. The fare ranges from Kes 400 to Kes 1000 per person depending on the operator and type of vehicle.


2. Driving to Embu

Embu is approx. 130 km from Nairobi and will take 1hr. and 47 Min driving through click on the following link for detailed directions (driving to Embu)

If you do visit Embu do share with us your experiences we hope you have learnt much and look forward to hearing from you.

Thursday, 29 November 2012 06:50

Places to see in Embu

Written by Duara Safaris


Though a small town Embu is one of the most beautiful places to see in Kenya; Tea and Coffee Farms make for a beautiful sight when walking through Embu. However there are some major attractions to see chief of which is Mount Kenya which has one of the best scenic beauties in Kenya; It is an enthralling experience, especially watching the sun rise in the horizons in the early morning from the highest Batian mountain peak; other attractions are Karue Hill which towers along the Embu Meru Highway, It's a magnificent view, made of a huge crested rock, at the top of which has grown two unique eucalyptus trees. Lovers are known to savour the early intimacies of their love by basking in the twilight light of the evening at the hilltop. From such a bird's eye view, one has a widespread view of far reaches of the entire of Embu.

There are two major waterfalls which join to form the Ena River that meanders to encircle the Karue Hill. The waterfalls interestingly being involved in Embu Mythology “the mythology claims that God (Ngai) created Mwenendega and gave him a beautiful wife by the famous Mbui Njeru waterfall — hence her name "Ciurunji". The couple was blessed with wealth, and their descendants populated the rest of Embu. To crown it all is Kirimiri hill which is home to a wide range of wildlife. Embu is a place full of surprises and definitely a place worth visiting considering it is only 120 km away from Nairobi.



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