This is a list of top 10 best places to visit in Bungoma County. It is one of the counties in the former Western province of Kenya, with an estimated population of 1,375,063 people. The county is headed by Governor Wycliffe Wangamati.
In no particular order, here is a list of 10 best places to visit in Bungoma County.
1. Chetambe Fort Ruins
The fort was built by a Tachoni warrior called Chetambe Ifile, from where he mobilized his troops to fight the colonialists. It is built behind a 12-foot defensive ditch. It is the site where about 500 people were killed by British troops in 1895.
2. Nabuyole Falls
It is a scenic waterfall located in River Nzoia, between Chetambe Hills in Webuye. The waterfall is said to have a powerful force that can pull one towards its basin if you go near it. It is one of the most amazing places to visit in Bungoma County. The fall was initially known as Broderick falls.
3. Sang’alo Hill
It is a scenic hill dotted with rock formations, bushy vegetation and trees that form a habitat for different kinds of birds. It is actually a paradise for bird watching adventures and hiking.
4. Elijah Masinde Mausoleum
Elijah Masinde was a freedom fighter and founder of the Dini ya Musambwa church. A mausoleum was built at his home in Maeni, about 10 kilometres from Kimilili town. You can visit the mausoleum to learn about the history of Elijah Masinde, and to have a glimpse of his traditional artefacts and tools.
5. Mwibale wa Mwanja
It is a sacred site situated about 3 kilometers from Sang’alo hills. The site features a free-standing granite monolith, believed to be Kenya’s largest single stone monolith. The stone monolith is surrounded by numerous bushes which are breeding grounds for reptiles such as snakes and lizards. Mwibale wa Mwanja rock serves as a source for various streams which merge into River Nzoia.
6. Malakisi Falls
It is one of the unexplored sites in Bungoma County. The splendid waterfall is located within the Mount Elgon biosphere, close to the rock footprints that locals claim to be of Jesus. You can tour the splendid waterfall that is also surrounded by beautiful vegetation and various bird species.
7. Buteyo Miti Park
It is a locally owned park that sits on about 32 acres of land. It features a tree nursery for indigenous trees and a section where herbal medicine is offered. It is a well-maintained park ideal for nature adventures, educational visits and research activities.
8. Teremi Falls
The waterfall emanates from River Kuywa on the southern slopes of Mount Elgon, at an altitude of about 2000 meters. It is also one of the unexplored sites in Bungoma County. It is a magnificent waterfall that is surrounded by beautiful vegetation that provides a conducive habitat for wild animals. A walking trail is situated near the splendid waterfall.
9. Kabuchai Hills
The scenic hills offer excellent opportunities for hiking, nature walks, camping and bird watching adventures.
10. Chetambe Hill
The historical hill is located in Webuye town. Legendary Bukusu clansmen are said to have died at the hills while fighting the colonialists. The hill offers amazing opportunities for hiking and sightseeing of Webuye town and its environ.