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Kisumu Impala Sanctuary

Background Information
When the East African Railway reached Kisumu early in the Last century, the area must have been teeming with plains game. The passage of time saw hunting for the pot, ecosystem loss through human settlement and agriculture reduce numbers vastly. By the early 80s, what could be seen was a pitifully small herd of Impala that roamed the town and neighbouring areas.

The Sanctuary, a 0.4 square km of marsh, grassland and forest was created to provide a home for this herd of Impala. It then developed into a holding point for captured problem animals. Today, it provides grazing for Hippos and habitat for numerous small mammals, and a variety of reptiles and birds. It also hosts two leopards, one spotted hyena, two olive baboons and several vervet monkeys held in captivity. Sightings of the reclusive and acutely threatened Sitatunga have also been made.

HOW TO GET THERE

Roads:
3 km tarmac from Kisumu town.

Airstrips:
Kisumu Airport.

Park Roads:
One service road and trails

Park Gates:
One main gate with ticket office & warden's office.

MAJOR ATTRACTIONS

Impala, caged leopards and baboon.

ACTIVITIES

Walking, bird watching.

FACILITIES

Picnic Sites:
2 picnic sites, 3 kms of trails.

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