Kakamega Forest Reserve

“The Canopy of Natural Beauty” 

Time has stood still for the Kakamega Forest, a remnant of the rain forest that stretched all across Central Africa. This beautiful forest is home to various mammals including bush pigs, giant forest hedgehogs, colobus monkeys, Debrazzar monkeys and pottos. Some of the birds to be seen here include the Blue Headed Bee Eater, Black Billed Turaco, Turner’s Eremomela and Grey Parrots. Bird watching, hiking and rock climbing can be enjoyed here in the serenity of the forest that time forgot. 

Key features

  • In the reserve do not miss, the view point of Buyangu Hill with the wonderful overview of the surrounding forest especially impressive at sunrise.
  • Small but lovely Isiukhu fall.
  • The giant tree on Mukangu trails.
  • The nature trails with labeled trees of interest and pollinator garden near KEEP office.
  • The only remnant in Kenya of the once great tropical rainforest that stretched across central Africa.
  • Home to several hundreds of species of birds, snakes, monkeys, bushbucks, duikers, countless tree species and natural glades.
  • The species include: over 380 species of trees, 330 species of birds, 27 species of snakes, 7 primates, over 400 species of butterflies and several mammals.

Protected Area Type

Park Size

44.7 sq. Km
  • Bird watching
  • Game viewing
  • Hiking
  • Rock Climbing
  • Scenic

How to get there

  • By road - The shortest route from Nairobi (418 km) is via Nakuru and Kapsabet. Take the A104 road as far as Timboroa and continue for another 4 km until you see left turn which takes you to the C36 road to Kapsabet from there take the C39 road until it joins the Kisumu – Kakamega road.From Eldoret the shortest route is via the C39 road to Kapsabet.
  • By air - There are now scheduled flights to Kakamega and visitors can also fly to Kisumu or Eldoret and travel by road to Kakamega.

Attractions

Mammals

  • Bush pig, Giant Forest Hedge Hog, Colobus Monkey, Debrazzar Monkey, Potto, Clawless Offer and many others.

Birds  

  • Blue Headed Bee Eater, Black Billed Turaco, Turners Eremomela,Grey Parrot

Snakes 

  • Black Lipped Cobra, Rhinoceros Horned Viper, Gabon Viper,Forest Cobra among others

Trees

  • Prunus Africana, Olea Capensis, Maesopsis Emini

 

Park Entry Fee

Kakamega Forest Reserve

Citizen

Resident

Non-Resident

Adults

KSH

Child

KSH

Adult

KSH

Child

KSH

Adult

USD

Child

USD

350

200

600

350

25

15

* Kindly refer to the document KWS Tarrifs 2016 below for other services and charges  

Park Resources

Telelephone: 020 2418419 or 020 2654658

Email: kakamegaforest@kws.go.ke

 

Park Gallery