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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.

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…

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

Birdwatching Raptors in Siaya

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Brown snake eagle perched(siaya) ©muokikioko2015


This Brown Snake-Eagle is a fearless bird capable of killing and carrying off a two metre long snake. It usually hunts from a prominent perch in the woodlands, scanning the lands below
for prey.
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Brown snake eagle swooping(siaya) ©muokikioko2015

When it sees a snake, it swoops down, seizes the reptile behind the head and crushes the spine with its talons (toes & nails) and beak.
If it loses the advantage of a surprise attack and the snake turns on it, the Brown Snake-Eagle will flap its wings to try and induce the snake to ‘spend the last bullet in the chamber’ before going in for the kill.

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Brown snake eagle in flight(siaya) ©muokikioko2015

… in flight it appears brownish with white under the wings and a barred tail.

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Siaya Steppe Eagle ©muokikioko2015

The ‘Steppe Eagle’ a migratory,
bird from southern Asia arriving Siaya late October- November.
Unlike the Brown snake eagle that has a greyish bill and feet, the steppe eagle has yellow feet with feathers running all the way down the legs and a yellow beak with a black tip.

*All images here taken in Siaya County.

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

Yala Swamp

yala swamp ©muokikioko2015

Aluru traps

Aluru are a local delicacy among the local community, prepared by boiling in salted water then fried. Local s say the wild species is sweeter than farm bred.
A bird known for it’s sweet sound, local hunters make use of its sweet call to attract its mates to traps set nearby.

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Sigol bird basket ©muokikioko2015

Placed in beautifully hand woven special baskets known as ‘sigol’, they are hung on specially selected sticks known as ‘tal’

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Where they spend their day calling out attracting pass by birds.
Tours can be arranged by local guides either for the ‘Aluru’ trapping experience or to learn how to make ‘sigols’, which make unique house decor (even better is that their size permit s easy packaging).
Or better is a cultural visit to learn how the whole process is handled traditionally.

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©muoki kioko
2009-2015
email:muokikioko@gmail.com

Kogelo

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Mama Sarah Obama rd Kogelo ©muokikioko2015

Nyang’oma Kogelo first came to public attention in President Barack Obama’s ‘Dreams From My Father’ , his acclaimed autobiography published in 1995. The story is largely about young Obama’s search for the truth about his brilliant but self destructive father….. Five years after his father’s death, the younger Obama flew to Nairobi and embarked on an emotional trip to the family homestead in Nyang’oma Kogelo.

“I remember the rustle of corn leaves, the concentration on my uncles’ faces, the smell of our sweat as we mended a hole in the fence bounding the western line of the property,” he writes. “It wasn’t simply joy that I felt in each of these moments. Rather, it was a sense that everything I was doing, every touch and breath and word, carried the full weight of my life, that a circle was beginning to close.”

Mama Sarah Obama, mother to Obama Snr (President Barrack Obama’s Father) is known as a very social and very jovial person.

Getting there:
Roads are paved (tarmac) ALL the way, or guests can fly in through nearby Kisumu Int’l Airport

Places one can stay as they visit Kogelo are
– Juliana resort
– kogelo village resort
– kogelo retreat villas and homes
…just to name a few

More on what to see and do around kogelo in Siaya County in coming posts.

photos and text
©muoki kioko
2009-2015
email:muokikioko@gmail.com

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