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    Tourists Guide To Kisumu & General Information

    Kisumu is a port city in Kenya on the equator, in the Kisumu County province. It is one of the most important cities for the Kenya-Uganda Railway system and for trading purposes across Countries via Lake Victoria.

    An Overview & Informative Guide To Kisumu

    Kisumu was founded in 1901 as the main inland terminal for the Kenya-Uganda Railway system. It was then called Port Florence. Now known as Kisumu, the name was derived from the word “sumo”, which means the place of barter and trade.

    What You Need To Know About Kisumu

    There are a few important things to take note of when travelling to Kisumu.

    When Is The Best Time To Visit Kisumu?

    Kisumu has a favourable climate and can be visited throughout the year. The drier months between April and August are best for Game Viewing and to avoid the humid and hot temperatures of the Kenyan Summer.

    Do I Need A Visa To Visit Kisumu?

    Depending on your age, and what Country you reside in will determine whether or not you need a Visa to visit Kisumu in Kenya.

    What Should I Pack To Visit Kisumu?

    Depending on what time of year you are travelling to Kisumu will influence what you need to pack. Generally summer clothes, something warmer for early mornings and evenings; sunscreen, forms of identification and a camera should be taken with.

    Do I Need Vaccinations To Visit Kisumu?

    You currently do not need any vaccinations when travelling to Kisumu in Kenya. You should make sure by asking your Travel Agent a few months prior to your visit.

    Transport & How To Get Around Kisumu?

    You can get around Kisumu via Bus or Taxi, but it is best to rent a car from Avis to experience the full pleasures of this lakeside city. You can get to Kisumu from other Kenyan Airports, train or by driving.

    Attractions and places to visit in Kisumu

    Kisumu is a beautiful port city in Kenya, which lies on the banks of the well-known famous Lake Victoria. Make sure to visit this lake as it is most certainly a peaceful tranquil setting and is sure to bring you some ease of comfort. Lake Victoria was named after Queen Victoria by the first Briton explorer John Speke. This magnificent lake is known as the largest tropical lake in the world.

    Where to go when visiting in Kisumu?

    The best accommodation and hotels available in Kisumu is, the Imperial Hotel, Kiboko Resort Hotel and the Royal City Hotel just to name a few. These stunning high-end hotels are guaranteed to provide you with the most luxurious hospitality around in the city of Kisumu.

    For all the shoppers and people who love to purchase all sorts of trinkets and souvenirs a sure place to visit while traveling around Kisumu is the Kibuye Market and Main Market that have all that you could possibly imagine. It is advised that you visit these stunning market places during the weekend when these market places come to life and are booming with busy traders and people from all over.

    Some absolutely spectacular natural and wildlife locations to visit while in the city of Kisumu are the Ndere Island National Park and Impala Sanctuary. Apart from these places there are some adventurous touring, boating and cruises to go on where you will be taken in and around the lake of Victoria where you can see Hippo’s, spotted crocodile’s (which are smaller species of crocodile other than the Nile crocodile), and various other natural wildlife in the city of Kisumu.

    A Historical monument such as the Town Clock, which was built by the sons of Kassim Lakha in memory of their father. Kisumu Museum is a beautiful place to go where you will be sure to discover or stumble across some very interesting information or even live animals from the surrounding of Kisumu as they have some pavilions that contain wildlife such as fish from Lake Victoria.

    How old is the city of Kisumu?

    This amazing port city was formally established in 1901.

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