Kisumu Kenya: The Lakeside City in the West


Kisumu the third largest city in Kenya is located on the far west border of Kenya, on the shores of Lake Victoria, one of the largest freshwater lakes in the world. The city was established as a port city and was formerly known as Port Elizabeth.

With the completion of the Kenya-Uganda railway in 1901, from Mombasa to Kisumu, the city started growing with leaps and bound from, a small port city to a bustling city that it is today; booming with lucrative lake shipping business between Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania

The beautiful thing about the city is the people always giddy and willing to strike a conversation, plus it doesn’t hurt that they are quite hospitable.  The weather is always hot and mildly humid; with the cool evening breeze blowing back on to the water in the lake Victoria, you can always enjoy the evening watching the beautiful sunset.

Kisumu is one of the cities in Kenya where the old breeds in with the new, where you will find the most affluent neighborhoods with a huge girded mansion and on the other end of the street you still find Kisumu’s old tattered charm. A city where you will see quite a few luxury cars drive by, but don’t be surprised to learn that the most popular mode of transport is Boda Boda (bicycle Taxis).

The attraction you must see while in Kisumu

Visit Lake Victoria

Lake Victoria the source of the mighty Nile river, and is the main source of freshwater fish for three East African countries. The Lake with shimmering shoals of colorful cichlids and large Nile Perch. Fishing brings many visitors to this lake, mainly in search of the Nile Perch, considered a world-class game fish.

Visit Kisumu Impala Sanctuary

This is one of the most serene sites in Kisumu where you get to experience nature and at its best, the sanctuary was elected to preserve the endangered Impalas on the shore of Lake Victoria; but it has evolved to home for more than just the impalas, there are plenty of zebras and Within the sanctuary is an animal orphanage that contains a collection of caged lions, leopard, cheetahs, baboons, hyena, jackals, bush duikers, bushbuck, and buffaloes.

Visit Kisumu museum

The museum was established in 1980, with a unique twist that it’s made up of several outdoor pavilions.  A major attraction to visitors is the live exhibition of reptiles and the typical traditional Luo homestead popularly known as Ber gala.

Amanullah is not your average writer, he understands concepts and turns ideas into words. He is a fan of characters and likes to play with letters in the alphabet.


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