Kisumu Impala Sanctuary-A Lakeshore Walk with the Impalas
Set on the shore of Lake Victoria, the largest freshwater lake in Africa, the Kisumu Impala Sanctuary is a peaceful, relaxing place to enjoy the natural beauty that abounds here. The sanctuary hosts impalas, the rare Sitatunga antelope as well as big cats, buffalos, giraffes, cheetahs and several primate species. The sanctuary is also home to five campsites all with spectacular views of Lake Victoria. Bird watching, nature walks and glass bottomed boat rides compliment the activities availed at the sanctuary.

Key features

Lake Victoria

  • With an area approaching 70,000 sq km, is the largest lake in Africa and the second largest freshwater lake in the world (after Canada’s Lake Superior). Unlike the lakes further west, Lake Victoria is not of the Rift Valley system and is wide and shallow (only 80m deep) with shores spanning three countries.
  • Free ranging and captive animals, birdlife, indigenous forest, swampy papyrus areas , grassland, rocky view area, nature trails, Sundowner  view point and less than 200metres railway line.


  • Animal enclosures
  • Campsite with cool shade of indigenous trees, mains electricity and tap water
  • Modern Kitchen ideal for Self-catering clients
  • An ablution with shower rooms
  • Sun downer view point- gives an excellent view of the sunset in the evening
  • 5 picnic sites namely, Impala, sunset, albizia, baboon, simba- All sites give spectacular view of the lake. The picnic sites are also ideal for weddingparties and corporate events.
  • Mini- museum

Over 115 species have been recorded
Lions, lionesses,  leopard, baboons, hyena, Serval cat, buffaloes, giraffe, cheetahs, bushbuck, patas monkey, bush duiker, tortoise, warthogs, guinea fowl, ostriches, parrots, fischers love birds  and blue monkey.

How to get there

  • By Road – Kisumu is 355km north-west of Nairobi. The sanctuary is located 3km from kisumu City near Hippo point. Drive- in visitors to use Sitatunga gate whereas walk- in visitors are advised to use Main gate.
  • By Air – The flight from Nairobi takes around one hour and there are regular flights operated by local airlines.
  • By Water – Kisumu is linked by ferry with Kendu Bay, Homa Bay, and Mbita (as well as to neighbouring countries)
  • Attractions

    • Free ranging herds of impalas, zebras and vervet monkeys
    • Animal orphanage which hold species under special care.
    • The local hippo population and threatened Sitatunga antelope
    • A shady and peaceful place with its abundance of birdlife and picnic sites beside the lake
    • The sanctuary provides an ideal refuge away from Kisumu’s busy and noisy town centre.
    • Lake Victoria being the 2nd largest fresh water in the world and the largest one in Africa

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