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Kisumu Impala Sanctury

Kisumu Impala Sanctury                                     
When the East African Railway reached Kisumu early in the Last century, the area must have been teeming with plains game. The passage of time saw hunting for the pot, ecosystem loss through human settlement and agriculture reduce numbers vastly. By the early 80s, what could be seen was a pitifully small herd of Impala that roamed the town and neighbouring areas.The Sanctuary, a 0.4 square km of marsh, grassland and forest was created to provide a home for this herd of Impala. It then developed into a holding point for captured problem animals. Today, it provides grazing for Hippos and habitat for numerous small mammals, and a variety of reptiles and birds. It also hosts two leopards, one spotted hyena, two olive baboons and several vervet monkeys held in captivity. Sightings of the reclusive and acutely threatened Sitatunga have also been made.


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Kisumu Impala Sanctuary                           
The Sanctuary, grassland and woodlands ecosystem is located about 3 km from Kisumu city. The ecosystem hosts leopards, hyena, olive baboons and vervet monkeys. It also provides grazing lands for Hippos, habitat for numerous small mammals including the threatened Sitatunga, and supports a variety of reptiles and birds species.

Access
-  Roads: Kisumu is located 355 Km North of Nairobi, the sanctuary is 3 km from Kisumu near Hippo Point..
-  Air: The Flight from Nairobi takes around one hour to kisumu and there are regular scheduled flights.
-  Water: Kisumu is linked by ferry with Kendu Bay, homa Bay and Mbita.
-  Ndere Island: 355 km from Nairobi. You connect by boat to the Island.
-  Ndere Island: the papyrus swamps around Lake Victoria contain a unique selection of water birds.

Size and Location
-  Kisumu Impala: Less than 1 km 2.
-  Ndere Island: 4.2 km2 .

Climate
-  Hot and humid

Safari Card Required
-  Entry is by Cash only. Proof of identification will be required.
-  Citizens – Valid Passport or National ID.
-  Residents – Valid Passport & re entry pass.

Attractions
-  Kisumu Impala.
-  Over 115 species have been recorded.
-  Impala, leopard, hyena, jackal, ostrich and vervet monkey. 
-  Wildlife also includes; impala, hippo, baboon, vervet monkey, sitatunga antelope, crocodile, monitor lizard and a variety of snakes.

 

Activities
-  Game viewing.
-  Picnicking
-  Lake Victoria Viewing.

What to take with you.
Drinking water and picnic items. Also useful are: binoculars, camera, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses and guidebooks.

Park Contacts
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Email:      
kwsksmtel@vccweb.nec
Postal Address:  Kisumu Impala Sanctuary, P.O.Box 1193,Kisumu, Kenya.