When the East African Railway reached Kisumu early in the last century, the area must have been teeming with plains game. Over the passage of time hunting for food, ecosystem loss through human settlement and agriculture all reduced numbers vastly.
By the early 1980s, what could be seen was a pitifully small herd of Impala that roamed the town and neighbouring areas. The Sanctuary, a 0.4 square km of marsh, grassland and forest was created to provide a home for this herd of Impala. It then developed into a holding point for captured problem animals.
Today, it provides grazing for hippos and habitat for numerous small mammals, and a variety of reptiles and birds. It also hosts two leopards, one spotted hyena, two olive baboons and several vervet monkeys held in captivity. Sightings of the reclusive and acutely threatened sitatunga have also been made.
Climatic conditions - Hot and humid
Major Attraction - Impala, caged leopards, baboon
Wildlife - Wildlife: impala, leopard, hyena, jackal, ostrich and vervet monkey. Birds: over 115 species have been recorded
Roads: Kisumu is located 355 km north of Nairobi
, the sanctuary is 3 km from Kisumu near Hippo Point. Air: The flight from Nairobi takes around one hour and there are regular flights. Water: Kisumu is linked by ferry with Kendu Bay
, Homa Bay
Best time to visit - All year round
Activities - Camping, walking, bird watching