Kisumu Impala Sanctuary

The sanctuary is one of Kenya’s smallest wildlife conservancies/reserves right at the edge of Lake Victoria. As the name goes, it is home to a herd of impalas. Some hippos, as well as many reptiles, birds are also present.

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The Kisumu Impala Sanctuary spans about 38 ha. It was created to provide a home for threatened Impalas within Kisumu city and its environs. The sanctuary is one of Kenya’s smallest wildlife preserves. It also provides a safe grazing area for hippos from the lake.

Located just a Kilometer from Kisumu CBD, it lies close to Hippo Point and features 3km of nature trails and a selection of picnic sites. This walking sanctuary is a holding area for animals which require special protection in this densely populated area. The Sanctuary’s focus is herds of impalas and zebras which roam freely in the sanctuary.

This is where it derives its fitting slogan: A Lakeshore Walk with Impalas.

Additionally, several caged baboons and leopards that faced difficulties of one sort or the other in the wild are held in cages there.

Over 115 different species of birds live there too.

What to look out for are: the threatened Sitatunga, Impala, Olive Baboons, Cheetah and Lions.

The Sundowner tower which faces the Railway trail is a perfect area for sundowners on the shores of the second largest freshwater lake in the world.

A shady and peaceful place, with its abundance of birdlife and picnic areas beside the lake, the Sanctuary provides an ideal refuge away from Kisumu’s busy town centre. The Sanctuary is open all year round. It offers excellent venues for weddings, corporate events and functions.

The Sanctuary is open daily from 6.00 am to 6.00 pm. Entry on foot is allowed. Security is available for vehicles parked. Payment is by mpesa only.