This is a list of top 10 best places to visit in Homa Bay County. It covers an area of 3, 183.3 square kilometres, with an estimated population of 963, 794 people. The Luo and Abasuba are the dominant communities in Homa Bay County. The County Government is headed by Governor Cyprian Awiti.
In no particular order, here is a list of 10 best places to visit in Homa Bay County.
1. Ruma National Park
It lies on the flat foot of the seasonally watered Lambwe River Valley, approximately 30 kilometres from Rusinga Island. It is Kenya’s last remaining sanctuary for the endangered roan antelope. It also features exceptional birdlife, towering cliffs, wildlife such as leopards, buffaloes, giraffes, hyenas, impalas, vervet monkeys and lions. It is an ideal destination for camping, birdwatching, game viewing, picnic and team building activities.
2. Simbi Nyaima
It is a volcanic crater lake located in Kendu Bay. It was formed 6 centuries ago after an earthquake that was accompanied by a volcanic eruption. Locals believe that water from the lake has medicinal value and can be used to cure many diseases. The Lake is also a seasonal home of migrating flamingos from different regions in Kenya.
3. Tom Mboya Mausoleum
It is a historical site located in Kasawanga Village, about 7 kilometres from Mbita. It was built two years after the assassination of Tom Mboya in 1969. It was gazetted as a national monument in 2001, in honour of Tom Mboya’s contribution towards the struggle for Kenya’s independence. The mausoleum contains books, newspapers, gifts and accolades that Tom Mboya received during his life. The mausoleum is open daily from 9 am to 6 pm.
4. Kanjera Archaeological Site
It is located on the southern side of the Winam Gulf. It is a prehistoric site where excavations began in 1987. Several pieces of evidence of early human activity have been discovered at the site. Some of the excavations found include animal fossils and stone tools.
5. Homa Hills Hot Springs
The scenic salty hot springs can boil an egg in less than 15 minutes. Evaporation at the site leaves behind a salt scum called ‘bala’, that locals use as salt for their livestock. Locals also believe that water from the spring can be used to treat skin diseases.
6. Mawanga Rock Art
It is the main rock art site on the Lake Victoria basin. It is situated in Mfangano Islands, a few kilometres from Mawanga village. You can visit the place to view scenic rock arts created several years ago by hunters and gatherers who lived within the area.
7. Takawiri Island
It is a private hypsographic island with a small stretch of sandy white beach. It is a perfect game for lovers of a tranquil environment. You can engage in fishing, swimming, bird watching and boat riding while at the island. It also features an island resort that offers chalet accommodation, local and international cuisine.
8. Mfangano, Ngodhe and Rusinga Islands
The scenic islands offer excellent sites and opportunities for fishing expeditions, swimming, birdwatching, water sports, water bus rides and camping. All the islands are located in Lake Victoria.
9. Gwasi Hills
You can explore the spectacular hills covered with bushlands and forests. It is also a paradise for diverse species of birds. It is a perfect destination for hiking activities and nature walks.
10. Abasuba Community Peace Museum
The museum was established in 2000. It is a community initiative to promote and protect the cultural and natural heritage of the Abasuba. The Abasuba have however been assimilated by the Luo. You can visit the museum to learn the history and culture of the Abasuba people.