Set on the sloping shore of Lake Victoria’s Winam Gulf, Kisumu is the third-largest city in Kenya, with a relaxed atmosphere. Until 1977 the port was one of the busiest in Kenya, but decline set in with the collapse of the East African Community and the port sat virtually idle for two decades. Since the revival of the East African Community in 2000, Kisumu has begun to thrive again, and though it was declared a city during its centenary celebrations in 2001, it still doesn’t feel like one and remains a pleasant and laid-back place with a number of interesting sights and activities nearby.
Dunga Hill Camp
Located at the shores of Lake Victoria at Dunga, this place is a leisure destinations in Kisumu City. It is a perfect venue for camping, picnic or just a lazy afternoon pastime with friends. One can also go out in the lake with kayaks added to give this place a sporting element. It is also a perfect place to catch the sunset at the lake’s horizon. One can also get boat rides here for the faint hearted who would just love to enjoy the lake scenery. One can also go out fishing. It is a serene spot by the lake where one can watch hippos and the amazing sunsets.
The Kisumu Impala Sanctuary was created to provide a home for threatened Impalas within Kisumu city and its environs. The sanctuary is one of Kenya’s smallest wildlife preserves that also provides a safe grazing area for hippos from the lake. The Sundowner tower is a perfect area for sundowners on the shores of the second largest fresh water lake in the world.
Kit Mikayi, a large rock with three rocks on top in the west of Kisumu. It stands tall above many surrounding rocks in Kangeso village which poses like a woman with a load on her back. It is a place about a lot of stories and myths about the rocks, and will be entertained hearing of the stories about them and also get the chance to visit the caves that have now been turned into worshiping abodes of the Legio Maria sect who pilgrimage to the site for prayers and fast.
Hippo Point is a 600-acre open viewing area on Lake Victoria. Despite its name, it is better known as a viewing point for its unobstructed sunsets over the lake than for its occasional hippos. Hippo Point is near the village of Dunga, which also has a fishing port and a camping site.