A forest with culturel significance
The forest lies in the Victoria Basin forest-savanna mosaic Eco-region. It´s an impressive rain-forest in Kenya and located in the province of Kakamega in the west of the country. It is one of the last remaining tropical rain-forests in East Africa and covers an area of about 120 square kilometres.
Kakamega Forest is known for its exceptional biodiversity. It is home to hundreds of tree species, including rare and endemic species. There are also a variety of animal species, including a large number of birds, butterflies, monkeys and other mammals. Notable animals found in this forest include the blue monkey, the red stubby monkey and the scabrous tapir.
The Forest is not only an important ecosystem, but also a place of great cultural significance. It is surrounded by indigenous Luhya communities who value the forest as a spiritual place and source of traditional medicine.
Overall, the Kakamega Forest is a unique jewel in Kenya and a precious heritage for humanity. The protection and sustainable use of this rain-forest is of great importance to preserve its beauty and ecological integrity for future generations.
How to get there
By Road: The shortest route from Nairobi (418 km) is via Nakuru and Kapsabet. Take the A104 road as far as Timboroa and continue for another 4 km until you see left turn which takes you to the C36 road to Kapsabet from there take the C39 road until it joins the Kisumu – Kakamega road.From Eldoret the shortest route is via the C39 road to Kapsabet.
By Air: There are now scheduled flights to Kakamega and visitors can also fly to Kisumu or Eldoret and travel by road to Kakamega.
What to see and do
Kakamega Forest offers an abundance of hiking trails where you can explore the beauty of the rain-forest's flora and fauna. You can take guided walks or hike on your own. There are viewpoints from which breathtaking views of the forest can be enjoyed.
It is a birdwatcher's paradise. Over 300 species of birds are found in the forest, including rare and endemic species. You can spot various bird species such as the Grey-breasted Glossy Starling, Green-throated Diver, Lesser Cuckoo and many others.
The forest is home to several species of monkeys, including the blue monkey and the red stubby monkey.
Lush vegetation, diverse wildlife and picturesque surroundings provide great opportunities for nature photography.
The Environmental Education Centre provides information on rain-forest ecology and exhibits on the animal and plant species of the forest.
Climate in is tropical and humid. The forest receives a considerable amount of rainfall. Rainy season lasts from March to May and from October to December, with April and November usually having the highest rainfall.
Due to the high rainfall, the humidity is high throughout the year. The average relative humidity is often over 70 %.
Temperatures are relatively constant and pleasant throughout the year. The average maximum daytime temperatures are between 24 °C and 28 °C. It can get a little cooler at night, with average lows of around 14 °C to 18 °C.