THE KAKAMEGA JUNGLE ADVENTURE HIKE
Safari duration : 3nights/4days
Season : All year round
Accommodation : Camps (Bandas) or houses (Isukuti) of the Kenian Wildlife Service (KWS)
Non- Residents rate : from US$ 400 (4 days)
Min: 4 persons for assured departure, max. max: 16 persons
About the Kakamega Jungle Forest
Found just 30 miles north of Kisumu in the Lake Victoria region of western Kenya. This diverse rainforest is home to a range of animal and plant species, many of which are endemic just to this region. Unlike the renowned safari destinations in Kenya, the Kakamega Forest is not home to a big number of large animals; instead birds, insects, and reptiles are the most abundant. Nature photographers and birdwatchers will relish in a visit to the Kakamega Forest Reserve, and it’s really an ideal destination for anyone who enjoys eco-tourism on the whole.
The Kakamega Rainforest is Kenya’s only surviving remnant of the Guineo-Congolian forest, which once stretched far across the African continent. Being a rainforest, you can expect quite a bit of rain here, with the rainy seasons being April-May, and August-September.
The best, and pretty much only way to tour about the Kakamega Forest Reserve is by foot, and you can choose to venture out on your own both night and day, or can opt to hire a guide. The advantage to hiring in a guide at the reserve is that they are officially trained, and it can be somewhat easy to get lost here, though a pretty good system of signs does exist. The guides can also help you identify different animal and plant species, as well as tell you a little bit about them. There are over 300 species of birds at the Kakamega Forest, and the same goes for
On this visit, you will be treated to a landscape and environment very unique to the area, which is a great compliment to the other amazing regions of the country. Just remember to bring some waterproof gear if you have it, and you will also want to add insect repellent and binoculars to the list to maximize the experience.
- Birdwatching: Over 300 bird species
- Butterfly watching: over 400 species of butterflies
- Massive Trees, Scenic Spots and Waterfalls: Over 350 species of trees, the forest holds mostly indigenous vegetation
- Snakes: 27 species of snakes
- Primates Watching: Home to Debrazza monkey and other primates
- Wildlife: Bush Pig, Duikers, Bushback, Clawless Otter, Mongoose, Giant Water Shrew, Squirrels, Tree Pangolin, Porcupine, Bats and Primates.
Birds: 330 species of which some are found nowhere else in the country. The common one being the Blue Turacco.
KAKAMEGA RAIN FOREST PACKAGES:
8PAX $ 412 per person sharing.
6PAX $ 447 per person sharing
4PAX $ 470 per person sharing
2 PAX $ 537 per person sharing.
The above rates are with private transportation. This could be the best way to travel since we will be carrying our own food because the facilities at KWS are all self catering. Our guide will get us a cook to do the cooking in Kakamega.
With public transportation, it will cost $ 400 per person.
Day 1. Pick up from the hotel in Nairobi at 0800hrs and drive through the Rift valley corridal. On the way Enjoy the magnificent views of the Rift Valley, Lake Naivasha, Lake Elementaita, Lake Nakuru with its pink Flamingos, the Mengai crater in Nakuru, into the breath taking Nandi hills. We have lunch on the way which will be on self. Arrive in Kakamega in the afternoon and settle in our hotel/ Guest house or similar.
Day 2&3 after breakfast we start our hike of the Kakamega forest, with our guide explaining to us the different animals and plant species. The exploration will takes us 2 days with BLD at the guest house.
Day 4. After breakfast we leave early so that we can have sometime to visit Lake Nakuru, Naivasha or Elementaita on our way back to Nairobi. Lunch will be on the self on the way arriving in Nairobi in the late evening.
NB- Remember to bring some waterproof gear if you have it and you will also want to add insect repellent and binoculars to the list to maximize the experience.
- Accommodation as per the itinerary
- Transportation to and from Nairobi
- Jungle entry fee
- Guide/driver fee
- Meals per the itinerary
- Items of a personal nature
- Meals (lunch) when going and coming back to Nairobi
- Tips and gratitude
- Excursions along the Way