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RECREATION DEPARTMENT

Goals

to promote natural resource and environmental conservation through promotion of eco-tourism as an alternative source of livelihood among communities living around Lake Victoria wetlands

Activities

  • Capacities building for LVSB members and local groups on activities that promote eco-tourism like tour guiding skills, value improvement on wetland products.
  • Carry out weekly bird walks around Dunga area to develop bird checklists for the area.
  • Marketing dunga swamp and other Lake Victoria wetlands as tourist sites in the region.
  • Provide tour guiding services for local and international tourists in the western region of Kenya.
  • Development of partnerships between local groups and other organizations to promote the conservation of dunga and other swamps around Lake Victoria.
  • Working in collaboration with the groupís Monitoring department to undertake periodic surveys of Lake Victoria Wetlands as Important Bird Areas.

Bird watching as the main activity

Bird watching in Kisumu

Experience bird watching at its best during our every Friday bird walks starting from 7.00 a.m. The walks cover areas around Impala park sanctuary, Hippo point, Kisumu sewage ponds and Dunga swamp (home to the globally threatened papyrus gonolek). The charges for the walks are Kshs. 500 per person for any person willing to join in the bird walks.

Bird watching outside Kisumu

LVSB also organizes bird watching excursions out of Kisumu town at affordable rates. Areas of interest include;

  • South Nandi escarpment
  • Kakamega forest
  • Yala swamp
  • Saiwa swamp
  • Ruma national park
  • Rusinga island

Bird checklists

Below is a lists of birds frequently watched/ seen species during our Friday bird walks ...

  • Red-capped Robinchat
  • Grey-capped Warbler
  • Ross Turaco
  • Arrow-marked Barbler
  • Blue-napped Mousebird
  • Blue-headed Coucal
  • Yellow-throated Leaf-love
  • Grey-headed Bush Shrike
  • Nothern Black Flycatcher

For the rates for the excursions click here . (Please contact +254 0734 994938 for more information)

Other activities

The recreation department also offers the following activities at affordable rates:

  • Organized group excursions
  • School excursions
  • Picnics
  • Camping
  • Hiking
  • Inter-group Learning exchange programs both locally and internationally.
  • Boat excursions
  • Sundowner by the Lake Victoria and on top of the Nandi escarpment.
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