This is a list of top 10 best places to visit in Kakamega County. It covers an area of 3,033.8 square kilometres, with an estimated population of 1,660,651 people. Its capital and largest town is Kakamega. The County is headed by Governor Wycliffe Oparanya.
In no particular order, here is a list of 10 best places to visit in Kakamega County.
1. Kakamega Forest
It is Kenya’s only tropical rainforest and the last remnant of the ancient Guineo-congolian rainforest that once stretched all across the continent. It is home to animals such as bush pigs, hedgehogs, colobus monkeys, debrazzar monkeys, different species of birds and trees. It is a paradise for bird watching, hiking, nature walks and rock climbing.
2. Crying Stone
It is located at Ilesi, along the Kakamega-Kisumu Road. It is a rock formation about 40 m high, with a small rock perched on top. There is a stream of water which flows between the two rocks, creating an impression of a crying stone. It serves as a shrine and cultural centre for the local communities in Kakamega County.
3. Malava Forest
It is a tropical forest located along the Kakamega- Webuye Road. It covers an area of about 10 hectares. It features indigenous trees, diverse birdlife and monkeys. It is a gem for birdwatching and nature trails.
4. Rosterman Mines
It is a gold mining site located off the Kakamega-Mumias Road. You can visit the site to have a glimpse of the local gold mining industry.
5. Rondo Retreat Centre
It is a serene and tranquil retreat centre for nature lovers. It is home to a variety of rare species of plants and birds, thus making it a gem for birdwatching activities. The centre also offers luxury accommodation in cottages.
6. Ilesi Pottery Centre
It is located along the Kakamega-Kisumu highway. It is one of the biggest pottery-making centres in western Kenya. It is a place you need to visit to have a look at assorted pottery and wares made from moist clay.
7. Isiukhu Fall
It is a small waterfall located within the Kakamega Forest. It is one of the scenic places you need to visit while touring the Kakamega Forest.
8. Muliro Gardens
It is a public park located in Kakamega town. It was named after Masinde Muliro, one of the notable figures who shaped the political landscape in Kenya. It is a beautiful garden ideal for picnics and team building activities.
9. Bukhungu Stadium
It is not really an attraction site but an event and sporting facility located in Kakamega town. It is a multipurpose stadium where you can visit to watch local football matches and cultural events. The stadium has a capacity of 5,000 people.
10. Savona Island
It is a retreat and events centre that features swimming pools, well-manicured lawns, luxury guest rooms and a modern restaurant. It is situated on an isle of about 3 acres, at the edge of Kakamega Forest.