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Ole Kalenjuok


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


Livestock herding ©muoki kioko

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


Ole kalenjuok hill ©muokikioko

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

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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.


Sigol bird basket ©muokikioko2015

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


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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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.

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