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Kakamega Forest National Reserve, where time has stopped

Last remnant of the ancient rainforest

13-04-2021 di redazione

Kakamega Forest is the last corner in Kenya of the great tropical rainforest that stretched across central Africa.
Located in north-western Kenya, 35 km from Lake Victoria, the Kakamega Forest stretches along an undulating terrain between the Yala and Isiukhu rivers at an altitude of about 1600 metres. Declared a government forest reserve in 1933 when its vital role was first recognised, it has since remained a protected area of Kenya covering an area of about 240 km and less than half of this area remains as indigenous today.
The Forest is a unique sanctuary for the extraordinary variety of endemic flora and fauna;
The size and grandeur of some of the more than 380 species of plants in the rainforest is impressive. The trees, including specimens over 100 years old, create a complete environment for birds, insects, butterflies and wildlife.
The avifauna of the forest is considered important in continental terms; of the more than 330 species recorded so far in the area, almost half are considered purely forest birds and of these 84 species are probably of West African origin. Turacos are among the most exceptional and magnificent birds to be seen, including the Greater Blue Turaco the Black-billed Turaco, others are the Grey Parrot and the Yellow-crested Woodpecker.
All nine families of African butterflies are represented in the forest, and the best time to see them is August and September, when the heavy rains are over.
The forest is very different from the savannah parks and to spot the smaller mammals you can go hiking, accompanied by licensed rangers of course. You can spot the giant water shrew which is a rare aquatic mammal, the sun squirrel or sun squirrel, the giant forest squirrel, the brush-tailed porcupine, and many other rare species. The Kakamega Forest is home to seven species of primates, including the red-tailed monkey, blue monkey, Brazzá's guenon and the guereza also known as the black and white colobus.  An interesting nocturnal primate is the Potto, whose special feature is its very short tail.
Some of the most scenic spots in the forest are Buyangu Hill from where you can see the entire forest to the south, Lirhanda Hill just north of the Yala River, Isiukhu Falls and Yala Falls.
Also of interest is the cultural aspect linked to the Luhya tribe and its sub-clans including the Tiriki and Isukha with their intriguing ancestral rituals.

How to get there:

By road , the shortest route from Nairobi (418km) is via Nakuru and Kapsabet.
By air, there are scheduled flights to Kakamega and visitors can also fly to Kisumu or Eldoret and travel by road to Kakamega.

Admission: 250 Kshs for adult residents ( 100 Kshs children ) 20 USD for adult non-residents ( 10 USD for children ).

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