The trip began from Nairobi with select tour operators from around the country who will get to learn and showcase the unique gems of Western Kenya thereby providing knowledge this region of Kenya has and that it is attractively endowed to provide touristic experiences and entertainment spots to would be visitors.
The tour is four days starting from April 2nd-6th, 2019 and will explore areas from Kericho, Kakamega, Kisumu, Siaya and Homabay before the entourage departs back for Nairobi on the 6th.
Western Kenya is famous for cultural and historical heritage categorized into dances, food, sports, entertainment to natural attractions like Kenya’s only existing rainforest – Kakamega Forest which is a tropical rainforest and also Lake Victoria which is world’s second largest freshwater lake; among the other various attractions.
The Kisumu County CEC Ms Alai reiterated the importance that this trip has in showcasing the true tourism potential of Western Kenya as a destination for business and leisure. This is just but the first of many of such initiatives that will be used to put this destination in the global tourism map.
The Lake Region Economic Bloc CEO Mr Abala Wanga also said that the bloc is ready to collaborate and partner with tourism stakeholders across the 14 counties of the region, and that they will work with the Western Kenya initiative to bring in on board all other stakeholders from the counties to work together for the greater good.
Some of the attractions that are to be visited include Kericho Tea Plantations, Kakamega Forest, Kakamega Crying stone at Ilesi, Kit Mikayi, Boat rides at Lake Victoria, Mama Sarah Obama, Lake Kanyaboli, Rusinga Island, Lake Simbi Nyaima, Ruma National Park.
This is just an inaugural trip to provide exposure to the region for easier marketing of the diverse tourism and hospitality products the region has.
Various hospitality companies and restaurants are fully supporting this trip by offering accommodation and delicacies throughout the trip.