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“Kakamega is a town in western Kenya lying about 30 km north of the Equator. It is the provincial headquarters of Western Province. It is also headquarters to the Kakamega District which is one of the eight districts of Western Province. The town has a population of 73,607 (1999 census). Kakamega is less than 100 km north of Kisumu, the third largest city in Kenya and a port city on Lake Victoria.” (Source: Wikipedia)
KAKAMEGA FOREST RESERVE
The Kakamega Forest National Reserve is in the Lake Victoria basin, about 50 kilometres north of Kisumu city. Being the only remnant in Kenya of the unique Guineo-Congolian forest ecosystem, the park has unique wildlife and scenic beauty. Including reserves, the forest encloses about 230 square kilometres, a little less than half of which is an indigenous forest. Yala River flows through the reserve. There are numerous grassy clearings and glades. Large mammals are rare. Part of the forest also contains unique and rich highland ecosystems. The climate is very wet with over 200 -700mms of rain annually.
• Birdwatching: Over 300 bird species, including endemics like the Great blue turaco
• Butterflies: over 400 species of butterflies including endemics like the red glider
• Massive Trees, Scenic Spots and Waterfalls: Over 350 species of trees, the forest holds mostly indigenous vegetation and River Yala
• Snakes: 27 species of snakes
• Primates: Home to Debrazza monkey, the red monkey, the blue monkey, the colobus monkey and other primates
• Wildlife: Bush pig, duikers, bushbuck, Clawless otter, mongoose, Giant water shrew, squirrels, Tree pangolin, porcupine, bats and primates
The reserve is 415 kilometres from Nairobi via Nakuru and Kapsabet towns, 50 kilometres away from Kisumu city and 40 kilometres from Eldoret town.
There are some scheduled flights to Kakamega but most visitors fly to Kisumu or Eldoret and connect to Kakamega by road.
In – Park Accommodation:
- Rondo Retreat
- KWS Self – Catering Accommodation
- Udo Bandas can accommodate upto 14 pax
- Isukuti Guest House
- Various Campsites located in the Park
- Primate Watching
- Bird and Butterfly Watching
- Guided nature walks
“Harambee”, Kenya’s motto describes people working together. Kenyans believe that they are strongest when they work together. The fact of the matter is that Kenyans have suffered terribly under the scourge of HIV/AIDS.
Just like all Canadians, they want to build strong communities that provide for their needs.
Harambee is what makes the impossible a possibility.
Community Education Services Canada believes in Harambee, in people pooling their resources and joining their hearts towards a common goal. CES Canada is a not for profit organization dedicated to assisting Kenyan students who have been affected and orphaned due to HIV/AIDS, to complete their secondary school education.
The Kenyan Flag
Three major and equal width stripes of black, red and green colours running from top to bottom and separated by narrow white stripes, with a symmetrical shield and white spears superimposed centrally.
The colors: Black represents the people of Kenya. Red represents the blood shed in the fight for independence. Green represents the fertility of the land. White represents peace. The shield of the warrior represents Kenya’s pride and tradition.
The Kenyan National Anthem
|KiswahiliEe Mungu nguvu yetu
Ilete baraka kwetu
Haki iwe ngao na mlinzi
Natukae na undugu
Amani na uhuru
Raha tupate na ustawi.Amkeni ndugu zetu
Tufanye sote bidii
Nasi tujitoe kwa nguvu
Nchi yetu ya Kenya
Tuwe tayari kuilindaNatujenge taifa letu
Ee, ndio wajibu wetu
Kenya istahili heshima
Kila siku tuwe na shukrani
|EnglishO God of all creation
Bless this our land and nation
Justice be our shield and defender
May we dwell in unity
Peace and liberty
Plenty be found within our borders.Let one and all arise
With hearts both strong and true
Service be our earnest endeavour
And our homeland of Kenya
Heritage of splendour
Firm may we stand to defend.Let all with one accord
In common bond united
Build this our nation together
And the glory of Kenya
The fruit of our labour
Fill every heart with thanksgiving.