Kisumu City, Lupita Nyongo’s Home Town, Dating Back to the Prehistoric Era.
Kisumu City is a quiet port town on the shores of Lake Victoria, the biggest and deepest fresh water lake in the world, A source of livelihood in larger part of North Africa, The Nile finds it source here, the fine colonial architecture, and the wide streets are a living fact that the British had pitched their tents here in last century. It’s also the home town of the Kenyan –Mexican actor Lupita Nyongo.
The town was awarded City Status in 2001, these helped in accelerating the growth of the city to an attractive urban centre, with numerous tourist attractions, an excellent museum, one of Kenya’s largest open markets, Impala Sanctuary and excellent facilities for visitors. The property market rate have sky rocketed and all the big brands are scrambling for a shoreline property.
A few Kilometers from Kisumu’s central business district is the Kisumu Impala Sanctuary a walking sanctuary and holding area for animals which require special protection in this densely populated area. Herds of impalas and zebras roam freely in the sanctuary. It within which an animal orphanage that contains a collection of caged lions, leopard, cheetahs, baboons, hyena, jackals, bush duikers, bush buck and buffaloes. A modern family attraction offering a good a spot for family reunions and picnic site.
To the south of Kisumu City fishing villages line Lake Victoria towards the broad waters of Homa Bay. This area is home to Ruma National Park, a small but attractive park with many unique species. The tall trees along the shoreline, Fishing Eagles call to each other with long haunting cries. It’s a sound you can’t ignore even when behind the lenses trying the capture the best of sunsets as the water to gold, it’s an ultimate call for all to down their tools and walk home to relax and wind up the eve, as the local fisherman in their canoes pull in their nets and slowly turn for home. The best way to appreciate the beauty of this region is on the lake itself. The sun shines brightly, and gentle breezes rise from the water.
The kisumu Museum opened its doors for the visitors and few years decades ago located in Kisumu town along the Kisumu – Kericho highway. The museum stores and disseminates information on cultural and scientific issues with emphasis on Western Kenya. Exhibits include cultural history. The museum provides educational services to schools in it area and a wide range of international scholar who want to study the source of the Nile on wide perspective. Among the striking features of the museum include a diverse collection of flora and fauna species. The most notable animals are reptiles and amphibians, collected from Nyanza and neighbouring provinces. A traditional Luo homestead and other traditional Luo artifacts constitute part of the exhibits the museum keeps.
Research activities also feature prominently. In recent years, the Kisumu museum has participated in multinational investigation on limnology (a scientific characteristic of fresh water lakes) of Lake Victoria conducted from the International Center for Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE) at Mbita in Kisumu.
The second edition of the annual Kisumu Impala Conservation Boat Race was successfully held at the weekend Kisumu Impala Sanctuary on Lake Victoria. The race with the theme ‘Let’s row to conserve the sitatunga’ aims to raise funds for the conservation of the endangered sitatunga antelope found in the wetland on the shores of Lake Victoria. The occasion was also used to create public awareness about investment opportunities in tourism, human wildlife conflict and display of tourism attractions in the region. The boat race marked the peak of a three-day cultural event in Kisumu City. The three-day event included, cultural exhibition, dance troupes, tero buru procession and bull fighting, the climax being the boat racing
It also important to note that the lake side city has hard a fair share of contribtion in relations to the origin of mankind enabling major scientists with the like of DR Leaky to excavate the area in such of fossil. Kanam is situated along the shores of Lake Victoria on Homa Peninsular around Homa Mountain. A famous site gazetted way back in August 1933. After the 1932, Louis Leakey’s expendition discovered a fossil human mandible together with Pleistocene fauna and pebble tools in the early Pleistocene Kanam beds at Kanam West. Initially, it was thought to be australopithecine. Doubts were thrown against this specimen, and Leakey suggested that the fossil was that of Homo sapiens but later Leakey supported Sir A. Keith?s view of australopithecine. Today, they are seen to be Neanderthaloid. Recently, researchers found palaeontological bones dating between 1 and 6 million years ago at the site.
For sure we it a place to visit a doorway to Kenya’s history and origin all archived in the museums and monuments. With exhibits dating back to the prehistoric era, you can connect to the magical story of Kenya’s past as you dream of the future in the lively city by night fall as you rest waiting for the chefs to smash the fresh Tilapia from the fresh water lake and make it a meal for the night. The Lake side city, as many preffer to call it also is a beehive of activities as cross border traders are known to the enjoy their profits as the dance the night off with the Nyatuch of the area.