Western Kenya Community Development Expedition 9 Days
Day 1: Nairobi – Nakuru – Kericho
Leave Nairobi early in the morning after breakfast and drive through the Great Rift Valley and have a stop over at the View Point to have a glance at the breathe taking Escarpment. Proceed to Lake Nakuru for a game drive in this home of the multi million Flamingos, the Pelican Birds and the White Rhino. Early lunch in Lake Nakuru Lodge, then proceed to the ever green Town of Kericho to have the spectacular view of the Tea Plantation. Have some times to interact with Tea pickers and learn much more about the labourers. Dinner and overnight at a Kericho Hotel.
Day 2: Kericho – Kano Plains ( Lwanda Magere Site) – Kisumu
After an early breakfast, depart from Kericho via Kisumu city to reach Kenya’s most dramatic archaeological sites, a vast granite rock tower called Kit Mikayi. The rock is situated in Kisumu district, Maseno division, East – Seme – location, Kit – Mikayi sub-location, Kangeso village, Kadol clan. The rock which is about 70 to 80 ft tall is located 30kms Far East of Kisumu city and 1km from of Kisumu Bondo road. The sign board is on the gate of Kit Mikayi primary school then you enter through N’gop-Ngeso primary school.
The legendary story behind Kit Mikayi which in Luo means the stone of the first wife is that: Long time ago, there was an old man by the name Ngeso who was in great love with the stone. He could wake up in the morning and walk in to the cave inside the stone and stay there the whole day which could force his wife to bring him breakfast and lunch everyday. The old man became passionately in love with this stone to the extent that if somebody could ask the wife the whereabouts of the old man, the wife could answer that he has gone to his first wife (Mikayi) hence the stone of the first wife (Kit Mikayi). More further explanation about this unique stone is that according to its feature and components, the structure represents the Luo cultural polygamous family which had the first wife’s house (Mikayi) built further in between on the right hand side was the second wife’s house (Nyachira) while the third wife’s house (Reru) was built on the left hand side of the homestead. This rock also is seen to have a nuclear family whereby the father (Ngeso) being the middle stone followed by the bulky Mikayi (first wife), then Nyachira (second wife) followed by Reru (third wife) and further in front they have the child which is representing Simba (which is the house for the first born boy in the homestead).
The site since time immemorial has been a worship place and is usually being used by the Legion Maria sect and you can see the remains of lit up candles in several colors inside the cave. Inside the cave, it is believed that there is a hole in the middle of the cave which was co-joining Lake Victoria and one time an Asian dropped in and was found dead in Lake Victoria and hence the late Dr. Robert Ouko who was the Member of Parliament for the area by then and also the former most respected Foreign Affairs Minister in Kenya ordered for the closure of that dangerous hole.
After this, we take Bondo road and on to the famous Akala Market which is known for its trade in cattle in the whole of Nyanza. Interact with buyers and sellers who come as far as Kisii, Kadem, and Karungu, Migori e.t.c to buy and sell their herds. Drive to Ndori then turn left on Ndori – Lwanda K’Otieno road, for an onward ferry transfer to Mbita at 03:00pm and after about 45min you shall be at Mbita to check in at Lake Victoria Safari village, pitch your tent, then relax for the day. Picnic lunch enroute, dinner and overnight at the campsite.
Day 3: Kisumu Full Day
You will spend full day in Kisumu visiting Dunga Beach which is famous all over Nyanza for the sale of Fish. You will have an opportunity to interact with the local fishermen and get to know the culture around fishing beaches. Proceed to the Museum where you will have to see different artefacts of different tribes especially the Luos. Lunch in the hotel. After lunch proceed to Kit- Mikayi (the stone of the first wife who is believed to be the mother of Luos who rested here after a very long journey in search of the source of the Nile). Time allows you can have a hike at Ramogi Hills to catch a glance of the active Kisumu City. Dinner in the hotel, after dinner, optional visit of a Discotheque or visit a life band and have a feel of Kisumu by night or retire after dinner to your bed preparing for the next days agenda.
Day 4: Kisumu – Kendubay – Homabay
Depart after breakfast from Kisumu City and drive to Kendubay experiencing the typical African rough roads to reach Kendubay and proceed straight to Simbi Nyaima for a mythological story about this magical Lake followed by a visit to Orian’g market to amaze at the famous pottery work by the Orian’g Women Group. Have early lunch in Kendubay, then drive to Kanjira and Kanam Hot springs this will give you an opportunity of interacting with groups of man and women whose there work is to transport the Soda Ash using Donkeys to the Town of Kisii for sale. This is their source of livelihood. If you have an egg, you can boil and within 5mins, it will be ready to be eaten. Proceed to Homabay for dinner and overnight at a hotel.
Day 5: Homabay – Ruma National Park – Mbita Point
After breakfast, drive through Lambwe Valley reaching this park which hosts the largest number of Roan Antelopes in Africa to enjoy a game drive, picnic lunch, then transfer to Mbita Point for dinner and overnight.
Day 6: Mbita Point Full Day
Have a full day in Mbita visiting the site at Ligongo Hills where Dr. Mary Leakey discovered the skull of the oldest man Proconsul Africanus which is found in the Kenya national Museum Nairobi. The hill also acts as the Vintage Point to see on rotation how water has gone round the Island. Visit the Tom Mboya Mausoleum, the vibrant Politician in the History of Kenya who was gunned down in 1963 which evoked demonstrations all over the Country and was interred at their home in Kamasengre Village in Rusinga. Enjoy the mythological story of Nyama gi Ware the stones which are believed to have been bulls fighting from these different Clans. Get a ride around the Island back to Mbita in the evening, picnic lunch enroute, dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 7: Mbita Point Full Day
We begin this day by visiting a local Catholic Church early in the morning after breakfast the rest of the day is dedicated to less fortunate individuals in the society e.g. Women groups organized by the widows as a result of HIV/ AIDS scourge, Orphaned children whose parents died of AIDS related diseases, Tom Mboya Memorial Hospital and the development projects which are being financed by voluntary groups e.t.c. Visit one or two local homes and get to know the real picture of how the common rural families are going over there usual choruses economically, socially and politically. Join fishermen pulling fish to the shore in the evening and get to learn how Luos as a tribe depends entirely on Fish as the source of their livelihood. Dinner and overnight in Mbita Hotel.
Day 8: Mbita Point Full Day
After breakfast a visit to a local primary school which is in dire need of teaching equipments occupies the morning. Enjoy lunch at the hotel after which proceed for a traditional boat rally competition followed by optional activities e.g. a walk to Gembe Hills which is on the vicinity of your accommodation and has quite a number of Birds with a very tranquil surrounding or just relax around the hotel enjoying the serene of the facility. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 9: Mbita – Kisumu – Nairobi
Early morning breakfast, then to the ferry to cross over from Mbita to Lwanda for an onward safari to Kisumu for early lunch, then proceed to Nairobi arriving late in the evening with a transfer either to a hotel of your choice or to the airport.
The above safari includes :
- All meals and excursions as per the itinerary.
- Park entrance fees in the Game Reserves and National Parks.
- All road transportation and Game drives using custom-made Safari minivan complete with pop-up roof for enhanced game viewing and photography.
- Full board accommodation on Safari.
- Experienced English speaking driver-guides.
The above safari excludes :
- All flights.
- Additional sightseeing or deviation from the itinerary.
- All items of a personal nature such as tobacco, laundry, phone calls, tips and drinks/beverages.
- Extra meals.
- Any other items not mentioned above.
- Medical/Travel Insurance.