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Kakamega Forest National Reserve, Kakamega, Kenya
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8 Hours


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60 people



About this activity

Kakamega Forest Tour – Leaving the low altitudes of  Kisumu city, we will drive to the tropical equatorial rainforest of Kakamega via the capativating Kavirondo Rift Valley system.

The forest is famous for its diversity of birds, plants, insect life, and its uniqueness.  It is Kenya’s only remaining patch of the Guineo-Congolian rainforest, a rainforest that once spanned west and central Africa with its easternmost edge in Western Kenya.

The Kakamega Forest’s huge variety of birds with over 387 bird species have been recorded in the forest alongside, reptiles and insects make it a specialist eco-tourism destination for nature lovers and wildlife photographers.

To note is its most outstanding feature of water that runs down this towering rock making it look like a gowned figure in perpetual tears. The Crying Stone is located in an ideal place to host traditional dances such as Isukuti, Tindikiti, Litungu, Bukhana, Shilili, Indebendebe just to mention a few. On display are artifacts from the Western Kenya communities where we will sample and if possible buy what we need. From here, we will drive back to Kisumu marking the end of our excursion.

Kakamega Forest, is a jungle-like no other and an epicenter of significant ecological interest since it is a relic of the equatorial rainforest which once spread from West Africa to the East African coast. Though it lies somewhat off the main tourist trail, Kakamega is increasingly becoming a popular destination for butterfly lovers, birdwatchers and other specialists looking for species more normally associated with central and West Africa.

Sykes monkey, Red-tailed Colobus and Black-and-white colobus are both very common and overnight visitors with a spotlight stand a good chance of picking out the nocturnal potto, a sloth-like primate distantly related to the better-known bush babies. In addition, around 10 percent of the reserve’s over 300 bird species occur nowhere else in Kenya, most alluringly perhaps is the majestic and comical Great Blue Turaco, flocks of which fly clumsily in the canopies between the trees like psychedelic turkeys.

The forest is around 200 sq. km of undisturbed forest remains, and divided into the two main sectors for the administration purposes. These are the Kakamega National Reserve, which falls under Kenya Wildlife Service and lies to the north of Kakamega on the east side of the Webuye road, and the Kakamega Forest Reserve, which falls under the Kenya Forest Service and lies to the east of town along a dirt road through Isecheno.

For the bird lovers, the forest reserve is generally regarded to offer the best birding, and it is also where the bulk of the accommodation lies, including the upmarket Rondo Retreat and delightful but affordable Forest Rest House. However, dedicated birders will also want to check out the national reserve, which protects a slightly different selection of bird species, and has alternative accommodation facilities in bandas.

We have an option of enjoying picnic lunch in the forest or a hot meal in Kakamega town. From here, we will proceed to the Crying Stone of Ilessi which. This amazing granite rock is about 40 meters high with a small rock perched on top that forms unique attractions in Western Kenya. This is an imposing feature especially when you get near it – these rocks have a long history with the Luhya community as they were used for conducting cultural ceremonies and traditional rituals.

Sustainable Daytrips - #GoBetterWithOluokos

At Oluokos Signature, we work responsibly hard to weave luxury experiences that improve life for the people and places we visit and takes care of the planet we explore and also call home. You can read more about our sustainable travel ethos and practice at Oluokos Signature. Please, click here, to find out about sustainability.


Learn how booking this daytrip will help to improve lives of the local communities.

  • We use local guides, meaning that our guests will remain well informed about local traditions, the inner secrets of wildlife, and cultural and social interactions.
  • Commerce – This daytrip brings income and opportunity to the host community through the inclusion of locally owned restaurants, the emphasis on eating locally/organically produced food and support of other local enterprise.


How this trip helps protect and conserve local landscapes and nature.

  • Read about our commitment to nature protection and restoration here, including our rewilding commitment for every customer who books or travels with Oluokos Signature.
  • By limiting our luxury daytrips and safaris to small groups, led by a local guide, we operate responsibly and ‘tread lightly’. This allows us to minimize our impact on local natural resources and the environment.
  • We also adhere to the national parks, reserve and other wildlife conservancies rules where we maintain our daytrips on the designated tracks and not participating in mobbing or crowding wildlife at any time.
  • We’re a signatory to the One Planet network which is a global community of practitioners, policymakers and experts, including governments, businesses, civil society, academia and international organizations, that implements the 10-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production and works towards achieving SDG 12: ensuring sustainable patterns of consumption and production.
  • We work with our partners on the ground to proactively eliminate or reduce waste, for example eliminating all single-use plastic water bottles and other plastics materials. At Oluokos Signature, we provide reusable water bottles to all our guests.
  • We operate a strict ‘leave no trace’ policy that includes separating waste immediately and returning it to the right point for proper disposal.


How we seek to keep the carbon footprint of this luxury safari to its minimum.

  • Read about our climate action here, including our carbon reduction and compensation commitments.
  • We prefer smaller, locally run accommodation facilities that have a much smaller impact on the surrounding environments.
  • Most meals use local ingredients, which have not been transported for long distances.

Find more tips for going sustainably on this safari

  • Here are a few extra steps you could take to minimize your impact when on this daytrip with Oluokos Signature.
  • Leave no trace: We do all we can to ensure we leave no rubbish behind in the wild and beautiful places we visit; we ask that you support us by doing the same. If there are no recycling facilities in our remote destinations, we’d ask you to consider bringing recyclable materials back to Nairobi with you so that we may channel them to the right handler.
  • Plastic waste reduction: Please bring your own re-usable water bottle on this trip; alternatively, Oluokos Signature will provide every guest with a re-usable water bottle, filtered water will be provided where tap water is not drinkable.


  • Kakamega Forest is a tropical rainforest situated in the Kakamega and Nandi County of Kenya, northwest of the capital Nairobi, and near to the border with Uganda.
  • It is Kenya's only tropical rainforest and is said to be Kenya's last remnant of the ancient Guineo-Congolian rainforest that once spanned the continent.
  • Time has stood still for the Kakamega Forest, a remnant of the rain forest that stretched all across Central Africa. This beautiful forest is home to various mammals including bush pigs, giant forest hedgehogs, colobus monkeys, Debrazzar monkeys and pottos.
  • Some of the birds to be seen here include the Blue Headed Bee Eater, Black Billed Turaco, Turner’s Eremomela and Grey Parrots. Bird watching, hiking and rock climbing can be enjoyed here in the serenity of the forest that time forgot.


  • Conservation fees
  • Experienced safari guide
  • Hot lunch at a local hotel
  • VAT and other related taxes
  • Services of experienced community guides
  • Private transport in a 4x4 Landcruiser vehicle
  • Full support from Oluokos Signature and concierge before, during and after your trip
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Additional Services
  • Items of a personal nature
  • All meals and drinks not specified
  • Arrival and departure taxes at the airport
  • International and internal flights and transfers
  • We strongly advise all guests purchase comprehensive travel insurance


0630 Hours: Drive to Kakamega Forest

We will leave Kisumu city in the morning and drive to Kakamega Forest. Our arrival will be at 0730 hours where we will clear the entry formalities.

0800 Hours: Begin the walk

Start our walk as we explore different parts of the forest in search of monkeys, birds, butterflies, while also marvelling at the forest rich species of trees and insects. We will spend the best part of the morning in the forest.

1300 Hours: Leave the forest for Kakamega town

We will leave the forest for hot lunch in Kakamega town. This will give you an opportunity to enjoy some local cuisine from Western Kenya

1430 Hours: Visit the Crying Stone of Ilessi

We will later travel to the Crying Stone of Ilessi for the rest of the day where we will learn more about the Luhya traditions.

1600 Hours: Travel back to Kisumu City

We will later leave the Crying Stone of Ilessi and drive to Kisumu where our daytrip shall come to an end.

Frequently asked questions

This activity will begin in Kisumu, Kenya's only lakeside city. For the sake of your enjoyment and getting pure value for your money, this activity begins at 0630 hours. It is followed by an hour drive to Kakamega Forest and time may vary depending othe traffic flow on the roads.

The activity will end in the evening not later than 1800 hours in Kisumu city. On request, we will be happy to tranfer you back to your hotel of residence within a radius of 15 km in Kisumu city.   

You can bring one piece of carry-on bag onto the vehicle with you. This must be small enough to fit either under your seat or on your lap.

Airport transfers are not included in the price of our daytrtrip activities, however you can book for an arrival or departure transfer in advance with our office. In this case representative will be at the airport to greet or see you off. To arrange this please contact our customer service team once you have a confirmed booking.

Every itinerary created by Oluokos is based on your specifications and personal taste. With the in depth knowledge of our Experience Designers’ first-hand, local creativity they make sure every little detail is taken care of, while you get to enjoy a personalized safari experience to Kenya.

To answer your question, the number of guests on your daytrip will be only you and your loved ones. We handle every booking privately and at Oluokos, we strictly adhere to the no mixing group’s policy. Each of our safari vehicles has a maximum capacity for six guests. The beauty of taking our privately guided daytrip is that you'll get to enjoy the best that Africa has to offer to you and your group privately.

We can accommodate vegetarian guests and we will be happy to assist with diabetic, gluten-free and other medically recommended diets. Please advise us at the time of booking your daytrip with us. Unfortunately, we’re unable to supply meals in accordance with strict religious requirements. For example, we can’t provide salt-free, Halal, requests for specific dietary supplements such as soya milk, and high protein or low-carb meals.

Oluokos itineraries involve a good blend of driving, walking and enjoying sites from the comfort of your safari vehicle. The activity level and amount of walking can vary, so it is important that you bring adequate footwear to ensure your comfort and safety. Our Experience Designers will advise you appropriately before your daytrip begins.

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Kakamega Forest National Reserve, Kakamega, Kenya


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