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Road trip to ‘alego’

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Being on the busy highway to Ugandan border is this activity filled stop. Known also for its potential for exceptional forest growth. Has a private arboretums of indigenous forest and vast wetlands that makes it a paradise for nature lovers!!

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When Africa meets new concepts..

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Visiting Historical Sites

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Any Kenyan that lived through the 90’s remembers one of the countries most dedicated Foreign Affairs Minister. When he spoke on behalf of the country in other countries – you would stand up and proudly declare ‘I am a Kenyan’!!!
Then came his mysterious disappearance and discovery in a little known place then ‘Got Agila’

This is a beautiful drive, serene and green most of the year with splendid pan aromas and a place with plenty mystical tales.
Nearby is a place with guest houses and horse riding

Located in Kisumu county about 1.5-2hrs drive from Kisumu Hqs and equally easily accessible from Kericho County as a day trip or overnight trip . From Siaya county 2.5-3 hr trip making it a full day outing to learn about a local Great African Leader the community holds in High Esteem!!

Journey to the Royal lakes of Luo communities 

Royal luo lakes©muokikioko2017

Access is by Community invitation only.. 

and an experience you would gladly pay top currency without butting an eye

If you’ve ever sat with the community in general to experience their flamboyance even in speech, then when you are explained to how wives of traditional rulers were treated in these Royal pools/lakes does their symbolic nilotic lineage i.e. having travelled down the Nile start to connect with more familiar flamboyant royalty further North.

Fishing at sunset

fishing on a cold evening sunset ©muokikioko2017

Remember those days its so chilly that when the evening sun comes up you’d like it to last forever? The suns barely warm despite its look, however those with family have to do what needs to be done to ensure their daily bread.

Yala River

yala river ©muokikioko 2017

Ever been to yala river, yala township, or waterfalls along the river? Do any fish exist in this river? if they do – what is the largest that has ever been recorded? do locals use this river to generate electricity for the region.

what bio diversity exists along the river!? with ALL the learned friends that come from this region how come we’ve never heard of a local innovation making use of this resource for those who stay around it!? if any exists how do we learn about it.

what are the local myths associated with this river…

Watching Parrots in Siaya

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african brown parrot in siaya ©muoki kioko2016

Af. brown parrots; a noisy group of birds with unmistakable call as they move around the tree tops in Siaya. Beautifull yet easily ignored as its one amoungst the abundant birdlife in the region moving accross farmlands or forests.

This ‘af brown parrot’ is a more rare parrot species inhabiting the western side of Kenya that closely resembles the ‘brown headed’ species thats much more widespread in Kenya. so much so that a quick google search will more likely turn up info on’brown headed parrots’. Making it a reason why its worth making a visit to this region to search for it.

Traditional architecture in Siaya

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Very noticeable where you get local architecture is that the buildings are very well maintained and clean!

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Luo architecture window © muoki kioko

Interesting is shape and size of windows, is the size for security reasons? Why oval and not round? Does number of occupants to use room determine windows…

Bondo City

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Bondo rising ©muoki Kioko 2016

Quietly, but steadily rising is Bondo ‘city’. A well thought out and done/paved road network makes access in and out of this centre simply a pleasure to access.
Businesses have taken cue and are steadily putting in modern infrastructure like office space and hotels with nearby institutions churning out technically skilled workforce.
Just an hour from Kisumu International Airport it creates space for those looking for a serene environment to work & live in with a slowed down pace but with plenty of opportunity a Big possibility.

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©muoki kioko
2009-2016
email:muokikioko@gmail.com

Lake Kanyaboli

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lake kanyaboli ©muoki Kioko 2016

Ox-bow lakes are normally created when a major river changes its course, cutting-out a major bend of its original path as it straightens out. The ensuing enclosured mass of water at the bend in the form of a ‘bow’ thus is referred to as Ox-bow lake. Lake Kanyaboli is the Largest such lake in Africa.

One of Africa’s hidden gem’s with unique ecosystems.

At times referred to as a satellite lake to lake Victoria, it holds unique fish species known to be extinct to its larger bordering sister lake (lake Victoria – The worlds 2nd largest fresh water lake). Some estimates put it at about 110 unique species like the ‘thickskin‘, ‘blue firefin’ and the ‘fine bar scraper’

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Kanyaboli view ©muoki kioko2016

It’s wetland mash vegetation are also one of the largest known homes of one of the worlds hardest/rarest & unique antelopes to see the ‘Sitatunga’

The lake is said to have been one of the two Luo royalty bath sites.

photos and text
©muoki kioko
2009-2016
email:muokikioko@gmail.com

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