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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.

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

Who bullied you when growing up!

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Caught up with this lads bullying each other, One thinking they

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are much older and smarter

The oth

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er determined and Armed with agility :).

Guess who the can of muddy water landed on…

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

Ole Kalenjuok

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Kalenjuok ©muokikioko'15

‘Ole Kalenjuok’ hill, the ancestral settled home of the ‘ka len juok’ sect/clan of the Luo Community that are Nilotes having migrated southwards from River Nile.
Len juok meaning ‘bleeding witchcraft’.
Nilotes are mainly pastrolists so don’t be surprised when you find them herding Large herds

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Livestock herding ©muoki kioko

of cattle here, unlike what they are commonly associated with in East Africa – fishing!

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Ole kalenjuok hill ©muokikioko

Above, one of the local guides looks out towards the tip of ‘ole kalenjuok’ hill.

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

Hawi’s tented camp

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Looking for a place to lazy away your weekend or use as a base for nature exploration in Siaya that’s not too fanciful!?

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

Inside Siaya – County Landscape

One thing that strikes you as you travel into and around Siaya County are the numerous rocky ridge tops.

Siaya ridge top ©muokikioko2015

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