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!!
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…
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.
We in East Africa all know ‘Omena’ as a luo community delicacy, a small fish thats hunted/fished at night. In towns we recieve it already processed and most times packed.
A little time spent with the community teaches you a few lessons like it is not yet ready for throwing into your cooking pot the way it’s sold! All omena has to be cleaned..to remove ‘ochonga’ these reddish fresh water organisms.
Ochonga is that rare delicacy that’s used for chicken feeds – often referred to as omena, well sought after but hard to find. Easiest way to find it is to befriend a luo from the lakeside to get it for you. Alternatively…
One thing that strikes you are the Rock outcrops atop every hill, and on one of those rocks a telephone mobile company has chosen to ride on Lupita’s dads name to gain mileage within the community.
Lupita Nyon’go is the Oscars Academy awards winning actress of the Hollywood ’12y ears a slave’ film fame. She hails from Kenya in this western region famous for its balancing rocks.
Nearby is Ndere Island.
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’
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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Abdim’s storks are migrants from the Northern Tropic’s arriving around October and departing mid-April.
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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I had heard about it but never seen it. Finally after about 3-4 hours around a series of swamps it finally appeared for a short while, taking in the sun and reluctantly taking a dip – the last time I ever got to see this or any individual.
Are Siaya terrapins a disappearing breed or are they a common breed in a disappearing habitat?
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