Kisumu Impala Sanctuary is set on the shores of Lake Victoria. The sanctuary covers less than 1 sq. Km (38 ha) and lies within Kisumu City limits. The serene and tranquil facility is an ideal place to relish the natural beauty that abounds on the lakeside. The hosts a myriad of diverse plant species and wildlife both free-ranging and captive.
Kisumu Impala Sanctuary was initially created to provide a home for threatened impalas within the lake region. Today, it is an essential habitat for the rare Sitatunga antelope, zebras, African leopards, Maasai lions, Tanzanian cheetahs, cape buffalos, hyenas, olive baboons, side-striped jackals, guinea fowls, rescued African grey parrots, leopard tortoises, and vervet monkeys among others.
Many species of snake, monitor lizard, dragonfly, frog, and butterfly are also present. It’s also a safe grazing site for hippos around Lake Victoria and hosts over 115 bird species which is a delight to birdwatchers especially in the morning and late afternoon.
Landscape: Kisumu Impala Sanctuary provides an ideal refuge away from Kisumu’s busy and noisy town center. The bordering Lake Victoria, the 2nd largest freshwater in the world and the largest one in Africa, provides scenic views and remarkable picnic sites for visitors. The animal orphanage holds species under special care.
Wildlife: Free-ranging herds of impalas, zebras, vervet monkeys, the local hippo population and threatened Sitatunga antelope are the major wildlife attractions in the sanctuary. Other wildlife includes lions, leopard, baboons, hyena, serval cat, buffaloes, giraffe, cheetahs, bushbuck, patas monkey, bush duiker, tortoise, warthogs, guinea fowl, ostriches, parrots, Fischer love birds, and blue monkey.
The sanctuary has an abundance of birdlife with over 115 species being recorded.
When to Go
The park is open all year round from 6.00 am-6.00 pm. Entry on foot is allowed.
What To Do
- Bird Watching
- Game Viewing
- Glass Bottom Rides
- Nature Walks, hiking, and trekking
- Corporate and Special Events
What to take with you
- Drinking water and picnic items.
- Camera, binoculars, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, insect repellent and guidebooks are also useful.
Getting There and Away
Roads: Kisumu City is located 355 Km North of Nairobi. Kisumu Impala Sanctuary is 3 km from Kisumu City near Hippo Point. Drive-in visitors to use Sitatunga gate whereas walk-in visitors are advised to use the main gate.
Water: Kisumu is linked by ferry with Kendu Bay, Homa Bay, and Mbita (as well as to neighboring countries).
Park Entry Fees
Check the Kenya Wildlife Service website to confirm prices.
0.34 sq. Km
Hot and humid
1,149 meters above sea level