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African Migrants in Siaya


abdims stock flying © muoki kioko

Abdim’s storks are migrants from the Northern Tropic’s arriving around October and departing mid-April.


Migrating abdim's storks © muoki Kioko 2016

Moving in flocks sometimes hundreds at a go, visiting grasslands and cultivated areas of Siaya

They Make spectacular nose dives as they descent.
Black and white in color with a purple tint on the black areas. Has a white under belly but difference with ‘black stork’ is black stork has a red bill while abdim’s a grey one.

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©muoki kioko


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



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

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