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.

Cheetahs at Kisumu Impala Sanctuary
Cheetahs relaxing under the shade at Kisumu Impala Sanctuary | Photo by Awinda

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.

Major Attractions

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.

Kisumu Impala Sanctuary impalas
Impalas at Kisumu Impala Sanctuary | Photo by Eurocruiser

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
  • Camping
  • Glass Bottom Rides
  • Scenic
  • Nature Walks, hiking, and trekking
  • Corporate and Special Events
Boat Ride Kisumu Impala Sanctuary
Boat Ride Kisumu Impala Sanctuary | Photo by Victor Ochieng

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.

Air: Flights from Nairobi takes around one hour to Kisumu and there are regularly scheduled flights operated by local airlines.

Water: Kisumu is linked by ferry with Kendu Bay, Homa Bay, and Mbita (as well as to neighboring countries).

Other Details

Park Entry Fees

Check the Kenya Wildlife Service website to confirm prices.

Park Size

0.34 sq. Km


Hot and humid

1,149 meters above sea level