The Western region of Kenya offers an amazing diversity of environments, from swampland and mountain wilderness to equatorial rainforest and the sultry shores of Lake Victoria. It houses two main sections; the Nyanza and Western subsection. To the western side, this region houses four counties that are Bungoma, Vihiga, Kakamega, and Busia while Nyanza, on the other hand, harbors six counties; Kisii, Migori, Homabay, Siaya, Kisumu & Nyamira.
Located on the eastern side of the Rift valley, the Westen region is mainly inhabited by the Luhya, Kisii, and Luo community. Separated by the high Rift wall of the Mau and Elgeyo escarpments, the western region boasts off as one of the most populous parts of the country, teeming with market towns and busy fishing villages.
Major points on interests in the region include Lake Victoria which is the largest tropical lake in the world, Kakamega Forest National Reserve which is the only equatorial tropical rainforest in Kenya, Mount Elgon -the second highest mountain Kenya and Saiwa Swamp National Park which is Kenya’s smallest National park that was purposely established to protect the rare Sitatunga antelope.
Western Kenya Highlights
- The western region of Kenya is home to World’s first Millennium city, Kisumu which also happens to be Kenya’s third largest city. This makes Kisumu is a great place to visit and the views over Lake Victoria gives the city a unique feel to the city as well as a nice breeze.
- Kenya’s only tract of equatorial rainforest, Kakamega National forest Reserve is located in the Western region. The forest harbors many species of bird, tree, and butterflies that can’t be are found elsewhere in the country. It is truly is a delightful and tranquil place for walking
- The rare Sitatunga antelope is found in Kitale at Saiwa Swamp National Park, Kitale in this region. Saiwa Swamp National Park is also Kenya’s smallest national park but worth a visit to admire the unique ecological habitat confined within the boundaries of the park.
- World’s largest tropical lake & the second largest freshwater lake is occupied quite a huge chunk of the Western Kenya land. Lake Victoria is also one of Africa’s Great Lakes and largest in size. It was named after Queen Victoria by the explorer John Hanning Speke, who was supposedly the first Briton to document it.
- The Western region of Kenya is the most fertile region in Kenya making farming their main economic activity. The bulk of Kenya’s tea plantations and sugar cane fields are found in this region.