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Tourism attaractions in Kakamega

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Kakamega forest photo courtesy of KWS

The major tourist attraction in Kakamega, is the Kakamega forest reserve in Shinyalu division in Kakamega county. This is a forest that is well known to be an equatorial rainforest. It is the home to many species of bird and insects; this makes the forest one of its kinds in Kenya. It is full of indigenous trees as well as different animal species. If you want to feel how the Amazon looks like then visit the Kakamega forest. The forest covers 240 kilometers. The climate here is wet and the annual recording of rainfall from about 200 to 700 milliliters. The famous Mysopsis Eminee that is well known for its medicinal qualities is also found in this place. The tree has become an endangered species in the recent times due to these reasons. The major attractions to the forest are the over 300 bird species, 400 butterflies, over 350 species of trees which most of the vegetation are indigenous. The forest is also the home to debrazza monkey and other primates. The otter, giant water shrew, tree pangolin, porcupine, mongoose, crawlers, bush pig, bush buck, duikers and squirrels forms the section of wide wildlife in Kakamega forest. The numerous activities that are undertaken in the forest include among others; safe guided nature walk, primate watching, forest walking, camping, hiking, birds and butterfly watching, game watching

The region has also invested in some residential places where the tourist can spend their nights and as they enjoy the natural endowment of the forest. This ranges from Golf hotel, various campsites located in the park, Isukuti Guest House, Kenya Wildlife Service self catering accommodation, Udo Bandas among others.

Another center of attraction is the cry stones of Ilesi located along the Kisumu-Kakamega road Highway. This weeping stone of Maragoli is connected to many legends and myths. One of these myths is that it is an indication of good harvest. It is a huge rock in which a stream of water flows from. The rock is attractive and unique in the sense that it is designed as per the body structure of a human being with water coming out of the eyes of the rock hence the name the weeping stone.

Bull fighting is also another tourist’s attraction. Bull fighting is part of the culture and customs of the luhya community which either takes place during specific seasons or during given markets days.

In conclusion, tourism in Kakamega town is supported by the natural endowment of the town as well as the people’s culture and custom. With the welcoming nature of the residence creates the atmosphere for tourism to thrive.

Economical Activities in Kakamega

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Photo courtesy of www.kws.org

Kakamega is a town in the then western province; it is now the head quarter of Kakamega County which is the second populous county after Nairobi and the third largest town in Kenya. It is situated in the north of Kisumu city and a port city on Lake Victoria. The term Kakamega comes from a local dialect which means ‘pinch’, which was used to describe the way the European colonists used to eat the staple food of the residence of this town. The local inhabitants of kakamega town are the luhya community. There main economic activity is fishing and farming.

Mumias Sugar Company which is situated in the village of Mumias is the major sector that drives the economy of the town. This is the largest sugar producing firm in Kenya. However, the residence does not entirely depend on the company economically. The agriculture in this town includes; growing of sugarcane which is done both in large scale and small scale, there is also small scale mixed farming of millet, tea, maize, soya beans, dairy products, and sunflower.

Other economic activities include small scale gold mining; it was the scene for major gold rush in the 1930s that was partly fueled by reports of Albert Kitson who was a geologist. Commercial businesses also contribute to the economy of the town. It is a commercial center which is evident by the high number of banks set up in the region such as the National bank, co-operative bank, Kenya commercial bank, Barclays bank, equity bank, and family bank among others. All these thrive in this town because of the high population which translates into high market. Also the transportation sector offers a better employment in the region as the ‘boda boda’ motor cycle is the main transportation the residence use more frequently.

The strategic location of the town enables the residence to participate in trade with there partners in nearby towns such as Bungoma to the north, Trans Nzoia to the north east, Uasin Gishu and Nandi counties to the east, Vihiga county to the south, Siaya county to the south west and finally Busia to the West. These regions are very important to the kakamega town as far as their economy is concerned since all these areas are mainly tropical with wide diurnal range and high rainfall amounts.

In conclusion, Kakamega is a town to be for a holiday or at any time you need to relax. With the wide range of services and goods in the towns market presents you with an opportunity to decide on what you need. When it comes to hotels where tourists can spend, they are at the top of the table with first class and classic places to fit everyone’s needs at all times. The fact that the main economic activity of the residence of Kakamega being agriculture is an assurance that the food security is high and no one can risk being without food due to shortages at any given point.