About Kakamega Forest
Kakamega forest is the only tropical rainforest in Kenya of the Guineo-congolian type that once stretched across from West Africa to East Africa. Kakamega forest is located in Western Kenya, Kakamega county 418 KM from Nairobi city through, Nakuru, Kericho, Kisumu Kakamega town then Kakamega Isecheno forest station. Kakamega rainforest has over 360 species of birds, 380 species of plants, 400 species of butterflies, 7 species of primates. Kakamega forest plants, 80% are of highly medicinal that traditionaly local people use them to cure Malaria, prostate cancer, common cold and many others.
Kakamega forest is an Ornithologists dream where many different rare birds species are found including Great blue turaco, Blue headed bee-eater, Turners Eremomela, Yellow bellied wattle-eye, African shrike-flycatcher, Petits cuckoo-shrike and many others. Mammals of Kakamega rainforest Includes Primates, Bushback, Red and blue Duikers, Bush pigs, Porcupines and at night Flying squirrels, Hammer Headed fruit bats, Tree pangolins, poto, Mongoose along the rivers Clawless otter. Guided tours in Kakamega forest enable you at first hand to enjoy all these with Profesional tour guide who will explain or enterpret Tropical rainforest Biodiversity including; Birds, Primates, Medicinal plants, Butterflies and cultural activities of local people staying around the forest.
There is Accommodation and Camping site where you can stay few days as you enjoy Kakamega forest national reserve. These accommodation are Isecheno Forest rest house, Isecheno KEEP Bandas, Isecheno Camping site and Rondo retreat centre. Getting in Kakamega forest, If you are coming from Kakamega town you can take Taxi or Motobikes through Shinyalu to Isecheno Forest station. Or if you are coming from Kisumu, take matatu to Khayega market on your way to Kakamega town, then From Khayega take Motobike from here to Kakamega Isecheno Forest Station.
The park is open 365 days a year, even holidays, from 8am till 6pm. It is possible to arrive earlier for a sunrise walk, or to come for a night walk, but please book ahead of time.
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