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Kakamega Forest National Reserve

Kakamega Forest National Reserve - Kenya - Best Tourist Guide

Time has stood still for the Kakamega Forest, a remnant of the rain forest that stretched all across Central Africa. This beautiful forest is home to various mammals including bush pigs, giant forest hedgehogs, colobus monkeys, Debrazzar monkeys, and pottos.

Some of the birds to be seen here include the Blue Headed Bee Eater, Black Billed Turaco, Turner’s Eremomela, and Grey Parrots. Bird watching, hiking and rock climbing can be enjoyed here in the serenity of the forest that time forgot. 

The forest includes some of Africa’s greatest hard and soft woods: Elgon teak, red and white stink woods and several varieties of Croton and Aniageria Altisima. Splendid orchids sit amongst the branches of the larger trees.

Walking beneath the lush forest canopy the deep shade is pierced by flashes of colour, exotic birdcalls, the scents of wood, flower and moss. The best time to visit is during the rainy season, April to July, when the flowers are at their most beautiful.

Why Go on safari in Kakamega Forest National Reserve

Wildlife include  Black-and-white Colobus  and Red-tailed Monkey and small number of de brazza Monkey. Due to its relation to Zaire basin, several West African forest mammals are found, such as Potto, Giant Otter Shrew  and Lord Derby’s Anomalure. About 28 species of snakes have been recorded including rare Gold Cobra and other west African snake species. About 350 butterfly species occur in this forest including one endemic, Mitisella Kakamega.

For birders, the sheer abundance of birds is overwhelming. Kakamega forest avifauna is  unique. Several species of birds are mostly found in this forests and the surrounding areas and not any other parts of Kenya. This include Blue-headed Bee-eater, Chapin’s Flycatcher, Greenbul and Turner’s Eremomela.

Types of tress are also unique. A tree that is endemic to the forest is Tiliacora kenyensis. Other types include Croton, Celtis, Trema, Antiaris, Bequaertiodendron and Zanthoxylum.

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Kakamega Forest National Reserve
Kakamega Forest National Reserve
Kakamega Forest National Reserve

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Best Time To Visit Kakamega Forest National Reserve

When to Visit Kakamega Forest National Reserve for safaris

Generally, Kenya is best to visit in the dry-season months of July – October when the parks are dry and wildlife viewing is dramatic, easy, and action-packed. 

LOW SEASON:

1st April to June 15th and 15th Nov to 15th Dec

If you are looking for an intimate exclusive safari but affordable Kenya Safari, this is the best time to visit. 

The best places to visit include the Masai Mara, Amboseli, Samburu, and lake Nakuru among many others.

high SEASON:

Jan 10th to 1st April and 1st Nov to 15th Dec

One of the most considered seasons to travel and visit East Africa, including Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda. 

Easy to spot the big five and the big cats of the Masai Mara, Amboseli, and Samburu other major parks.

PEAK SEASON:

15th June to 30th Oct, 15th Dec to 10th Jan

An action-filled season to witness the great wildebeest migration and crossings in Kenya is during this season. 

In case you are looking for the best adventures, then this is the best fit for you

Kakamega Forest National Reserve
Kakamega Forest National Reserve
Kakamega Forest National Reserve

Kakamega Forest National Reserve Entrance Fee

Park Fees to Kakamega Forest National Reserve

Kakamega Forest National Reserve Entrance fee

Below are the Kakamega Forest National Reserve entry fees for 2024

Citizen

Resident

Non-Resident

Adults

KSH

Child

KSH

Adults

KSH

Child

KSH

Adults

USD

Child

USD

300

125

300

125

22

13

Please note the rates are subject to change.

How to Pay for Kakamega Forest National Reserve Fees

How do you pay for Kakamega Forest National Reserve Fees? To pay for Park Fees, you will have to visit the KWS E-Citizen Account, create an account, and select Kakamega Forest National Reserve to pay for the park fees. 

1. Download the e-Citizen mobile app from the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store.

2. Open the app and create an account or sign in if you already have an account.

3. Tap on the “Services” tab.

4. Scroll down and select “Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS)”.

5. Select the park or sanctuary that you want to visit.

6. Enter the number of adults and children in your party.

7. Select the payment method. 

You can pay using M-Pesa, Airtel Money, or a credit/debit card. 

8. Review your payment details and tap on “Pay”.

You will receive a confirmation message once your payment is successful.

The transaction will be mirrored in the Kenya Wildlife Service system, facilitating the visitor’s entry to the park upon arrival at the entrance. On the day of Visit, ensure you have the ticket, and share it with the gate wardens for entry to the park.

Kakamega Forest National Reserve
Kakamega Forest National Reserve
Kakamega Forest National Reserve

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How many national parks are in Kenya?

There are some 54 + Kenya National Parks and Reserves, with many sanctuaries and private conservancies all over the country. KWS is responsible for managing the National Parks, to protect the wildlife from poaching and from bush meat opportunists, which is a huge problem all over Africa.

What are the most visited national parks and reserves in Kenya?

The most visited national parks and reserves in Kenya include:- 

  • Masai Mara National Game Reserve 
  • Samburu National Reserve
  • Amboseli National Park 
  • Lake Nakuru National Park

Which is the largest park in Kenya?

Tsavo National Park
Tsavo National Park, national park, southeastern Kenya, east of Mount Kilimanjaro. The largest (8,036 square miles [20,812 square km]) of Kenya’s national parks, it was established in 1948. Later that year, for administrative purposes, the park was divided into two smaller units: Tsavo East and Tsavo West.

Which is the oldest national park in Kenya?

The Nairobi National Park is the oldest of Kenya’s national parks. The wildlife sanctuary was established in 1946 and is located four miles south of Kenya’s capital, Nairobi. It covers 45.26 square miles in size making it one of the smallest parks in the Kenya.

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