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Kakamega Town Kenya – A Guide to Kakamega Kenya

Kakamega Town Guides

Kakamega town is in western Kenya lying about 30 km north of the Equator. It is the headquarters of  Kakamega County. Kakamega Kenya is 52 km north of Kisumu, the third largest city in Kenya and a port city on Lake Victoria.

Kakamega Town Geography and Climate

Kakamega’s climate is classified as tropical. There is a great deal of rainfall in Kakamega, even in the driest month. The temperature here has an averages 20.4 °C. About 1971 mm of precipitation falls annually.

Precipitation is the lowest in January, with an average of 61 mm. The greatest amount of precipitation occurs in May, with an average of 273 mm.

History of Kakamega Town

Kakamega derives its modern name from the local dialect. The story goes that when European settlers first visited the area now known as Kakamega and were offered maize meal, the local staple food called Obusuma, they tried to emulate the eating style for which the tribe was famous. To the hosts though, the visitors were more like ‘pinching’ the Obusuma. The resulting administrative area was named ‘Kakamega’, which roughly translates to ‘pinch.

Economic Activities in Kakamega Town

Local Inhabitants are mostly the Luhya tribe, whose economic activity is mainly farming and fishing. Kakamega town also serves as the headquarters of Kenya’s largest sugar producing firm, Mumias Sugar, located in the village of Mumias. Kakamega town was the scene of the Kakamega gold rush in the early 1930’s, fueled partly by the reports of the geologist Albert Ernest Kitson.

Places to Visit while in Kakamega Town

Kakamega Forest National Reserve

Kakamega Forest National Reserve is the main tourist destination in the area. Another attraction is the Crying Stone of Ilesi located along the highway towards Kisumu. It is a 40 metres high rock dome resembling a human figure whose “eyes” drop water.

Things To Do in Kakamega

Market in Kakamega
It’s worth poking your nose into the town’s municipal market. It operates every day but is at its loudest on Saturday and Wednesday mornings.

Landmark In Kakamega
Crying Stone of Ilesi
The Crying Stone of Ilesi is a local curiosity perched on a ridge 3km south of town. The formation, looking like a solemn head resting on weary shoulders.

How To Get Kakamega Town


These small vans are very common form of transportation from and to Kakamega.

Accommodations and Hotels in Kakamega Town

Silver Hut Guest House
Christian Guesthouse
Pentagon Guest House
Hotel Rastopark
Jamindas Paradise Motel
Westgate hotel Limited
Pishop Stam Pastrol Centre
Kakamega Guest House

Education Institutions in Kakamega Town

Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology is a new institution of higher learning created by an act of parliament in December 2006 is in the heart of Kakamega town on the Kakamega – Webuye road. It is expected to spur growth in this capital of Western Province.

Rainforest in Kakamega Kenya

Kakamega Kenya receives a very high amount of annual precipitation and contains Kakamega Forest, a preserve which is a remnant of a rainforest that stretched west through Uganda.

As a rainforest, the canopy of the trees has grown into a thin mesh of interlocking top branches that block most sunlight from reaching the ground below, resulting to less vegetation at the ground level. With few bushes along the darkened forest floor, the main obstacle is ancient fallen tree trunks blocking the paths between the standing trees. The German funded project BIOTA East is working in the forest since 2001, whereby firstly forest inventories for all sorts of life forms were performed and the aim is to find strategies for a sustainable use of the forest.

More than 400 species of birds have been found in the Kakamega rainforest. The many song birds fill the air with various birdcalls.

Kakamega Kenya is also home to Africa’s largest and most aggressive cobra, the Kakamega forest cobra. Reputed by locals to spend a lot of time in the trees, stories abound of fearsome attacks on unsuspecting passers-by. Other snakes in the area include the forest adder, black mamba, and the green mamba.

Kakamega Town- Photos

Kakamega Town - Kakamega Kenya

Kakamega Town – Video

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