This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Kisumu. To help you make friends with Kisumu before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Kisumu is the largest city in Kenya and a port city located about two hundred sixty-five kilometers away from the capital city Nairobi. It boasts five hundred fifty kilometers of Lake Victoria shoreline, most of which is not fully utilized. It is an historical city which dates back to the end of the nineteenth century. Lake Victoria is a lake shared by three East Africa countries including Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania. Sixty kilometers from this city sits Nyang'oma Kogelo, which is the village from where the father of U.S. President Barrack Obama hails.
If you are looking for a Kisumu hostel, there are numerous options to suit different budgets, tastes, and standards. You can book your accommodation online. Getting to your Kisumu hostel is easy -- the city is served by an international-status airport and planes fly from here to Nairobi daily. Lake Victoria ferries also link Kisumu to Tanzania, Mwanza, and Jinja in Uganda. The city is also served by a railway running to Mombasa through Nairobi.
The city is more than one thousand meters above sea level and located in the larger Lake Victoria basin. If you like wildlife, visit Hippo Point -- a viewing point for hippo in Lake Victoria. It is also known for its unobstructed sunsets. The Dunga Beach and Wetland is another must-see -- Kisumu city is familiar for its attractive biodiversity at the beach, including a papyrus wetland ecosystem. The Kisumu Impala Sanctuary is home to impalas, although reptiles and hippos are also found here. The sanctuary also has caged leopards and baboons.
The Kisumu Museum has outdoor pavilions, some of which harbor a wide variety of aquaria from Lake Victoria. Another of the pavilions contain snakes such as puff adders, cobras, and mambas. The museum also shows the culture artifacts of the Nyanza province, including traditional weaponry, farm tools, and jewelry. Visitors also get to enjoy the Ber-gi-dala, the largest traditional Luo homestead. It has traditional granaries and livestock corrals, among other things.
Kit Mikayi is a large rock comprised of three smaller ones sitting at the larger one. Known as the weeping rock, it is believed that the first wife of Mikayi went to the rock and wept there after her husband took a second wife. It is also popular after the Legio Maria came and stayed there for several weeks to pray and fast.
Written by local enthusiast for Kisumu hostelseqariu