Ruma National Park

Ruma National Park                                 
Ruma was first gazetted in 1966 as Lambwe valley game reserve and acquired national park status in 1983. The park was established mainly to protect the Roan antelope which does not occur anywhere else in the country. The soils are largely black cotton clay. The surrounding area is settled, with a mix of small scale cultivation and grassy pasture land. 

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Ruma National Park                                      
"Last retreat of the roan antelope"
Ruma National park is situated in Lambwe Valley in South Nyanza, 140 km from Kisumu, 10km east of Lake Victoria. The savannah ecosystem encompasses open grasslands and tracts of woodlands and thickets dominated by Acacia and Balanites plant species.

A variety of wildlife occurs in the ecosystem but the most notable is the Roan Antelope which is not found anywhere else in the country. Other animals include Oribi, Bohors reedbucks and Rotschild giraffes. The park is also rich in Ostrich, Impala and gazelles.

-  By Road: 425 km West of Nairobi. 10km east of Lake Victoria and  23km South-west of Homa Bay. The main gate is 42km  from Homa Bay. The main access is from Kisumu via Homa Bay 140 km or via Kisii and Migori. Both roads are tarmac. From Homa Bay and Migori, park is reached through gravel roads with distances of 24 km and 8 km respectively.
-  By Air: There are various airstrips in the park - Kamboyo, Kilaguni, Tsavo Gate, Jipe, Kasigau,Finch Hattons, Ziwani, and Makatau.

Park Roads
The park has three main circuits.

Park Gates
Main Gate, Nyatoto Gate.

Size and Location
-  120 Km 2
-  Suba District, Nyanza Province.
Ruma National park is situated in Lambwe Valley in South Nyanza, 140 km from Kisumu, 10 km east of lake victoria and south west of Homa bay. It lies on the flat floor of the lambwe valley, bordered by the kanyamaa escarpment to the south east.

Hot and Humid. Mean annual rainfall is 1,200 mm -1,600mm. The park has a humid climate, the long rains falling April-June and the short rains falling October-December.

Safari Card Required
Entry is by cash only. Tickets may be purchased from KWS Hqs cash office or from the main gate, Oldonyo Sabuk National Park. Proof of identification will be required.
-  Citizens – Valid Passport or National ID.
-  Residents – Valid Passport & re entry pass.

-  The Endangered Roan Antelope, which is not found anywhere else in the country.
-  The Oribi Antelope.
-  A vivid and varied landscape.
-  Realm of rare birds.
-  Flourishing Wildlife.

Rothschild’s giraffe, serval cat, hyena, impala, vervet monkey, roan antelope, oribi, bohor reedbuck, leorpard, buffalo, Jackson’s hartebeest

More than 400 recorded species.

-  Game viewing.
-  Camping
-  Bird watching.

What to take with you
Drinking water, picnic items and camping equipment if you intend to stay overnight. Also useful are: binoculars, camera, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses and guidebooks.

Park Contacts
Phone:       +254-3529119
Postal Address:The warden,Ruma National Park,P.O.Box 420,Homa Bay,Kenya.