National Park Day
District, Nyanza Province –
National Park Day Trip is a day tour to one of Kenya's
most unusual and beautiful National Parks called Ruma.
The Park is located only 30 Kilometers from Rusinga
Ruma National Park lies in Western Kenya, close to the
shores of the Africa's largest inland lake, Lake Victoria.
The Park is location in Suba District, Nyanza Province.
Ruma National Park is 425 Kilometers West of Nairobi,
10 Kilometers East of Lake Victoria & 23 Kilometers
South West of Homabay)
National Park Day Tour from Rusinga Island Lodge
National Park View
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National Park Day Trip is one of Kenya's most
unusual and beautiful National Parks and is located
only 30 Kilometers from Rusinga Island.
National Park is the last Retreat of the Roan Antelope
Ruma offers sanctuary to the threatened Roan Antelope,
one of Africa's rarest Antelopes. The Park opens at
6.00 am to 7.00 am daily. It lies at an altitude of
1,200 - 1,600 meters above sea level. The total area
equals 120 Square Kilometers.
climate is humid and the long rains falling April -
June & Short Rains falling October - December. The
vegetation is mainly savanna grassland and woodland
with extensive acacia thickets. Ruma
National Park wildlife
includes Roan Antelope, Oribi, Mountain Reed buck, Leopard,
Buffalo, Jackson's Hartebeest, Rothchild's Giraffe,
Hyena, Impala & Velvet Monkey.
has than 400 recorded species of birds. The Roads are
mainly murrum roads and 4WD is recommended all year
round and essential in the rainy season. Note: No entry
is allowed on foot and visitors will not be allowed
entry after 6.15pm.
National Park Day Tour From Rusinga Island
Ruma National Park Day Tour From Rusinga Island Rates
Include: Game Drive
+ Boat Transfer from Lodge to Sindo + Use of Safari
Vehicle & Park Entry fee for 4X4 vehicle & Bush
breakfast if client is on Full Board
550 US Dollars
Park Day Tour Itinerary
wishing to visit Ruma leave the lodge by speedboat at
6.30am. After a 40-minute boat ride on the lake (early
mornings are usually calm on the lake), a Rusinga Land-Rover
will meet you at the lakeshore for the short 30-minute
drive to the park.
route you'll see typical Luo homesteads. After exploring
the park and its inhabitants enjoy a hearty bush breakfast
before heading back to the lakeshore for the return
boat ride to the lodge, arriving around lunchtime.
Ruma National Park is
the only Terrestrial Park in the entire Nyanza Province.
It was initially established as the Lambwe Valley Game
Reserve in 1966 to protect its indigenous population
of rare roan antelopes which exist nowhere else in Kenya.
In 1983 it was gazetted as a National Park. Namely Ruma
Ruma National Park was renamed “Ruma” upon
request of the local community. The area had been so
named by one of Kenya’s most powerful wizard,
the much feared Gor Mahia who lived around the park.
The park is largely of black cotton soil with surrounding
area settled with a mix of small scale cultivation and
grassy pasture land.
Ruma National Park lies in Western Kenya close to the
shores of Africa’s largest inland lake, Lake Victoria.
It is situated in Lambwe Valley in South Nyanza, 140
km from Kisumu, 10 km east of Lake Victoria and South
West of Homa Bay and 425 km west of Nairobi.
Ruma National Park lies on the flat floor of the Lambwe
Valley, bordered by the kanyamwa escarpment to the south
east, Gwassi Hills, Sumba hill and ruri hills to the
north. The Park covers an area of 120 square kilometers.
Main access is from Kisumu via Homa Bay – 140
Kilometers, via Kisii – 65 Kilometers.
main gate is 42 km from Homa Bay take Main C –
20 tarmac road in the direction of Rongo. After 10 km
branch off to the right at Rodi kopany and proceed 20
km to Mirogi.
Morogi follow the signs to the Park a distance of 12
km on a Murrum road from Mirogi. OR 24 Kilometers from
Homa Bay take main C – 20 tarmac road in the direction
of Rongo. After 2 Kilometers branch off to the right
at Mbita – Homa Bay Road junction. After 11km
branch left at the park signage taking road D213 to
From Kisii via Rongo to Rodi Kopany branching off to
the left. One can also access the Park from Kisumu via
Lwanda K’otieno from Lwanda K’otieno take
ferry to Mbita then drive 20 Kilometers to Nyatoto Gate.
Ruma National Park has three main circuits which are
motor able all year round 4 wheel drive is necessary
during the rainy seasons.
Area: 120 Square Kilometers
Open: 6.00 Am to 7.00 Pm daily
Birds: More than 400 recorded species
Location: Suba District, Nyanza Province
Altitude: 1,200 –
1,600 meters above sea level
Animals : Giraffe,Hyena,Impala & Velvet
Ruma National park is the last Retreat
of the Roan Antelope
Vegetation: Savanna grassland and woodland
with extensive acacia thickets
Roads: 4WD is recommended all year
round and essential in the rainy season
Note: No entry is allowed on foot and
visitors will not be allowed entry after 6.15pm
Ruma offers sanctuary to the threatened Roan Antelope,one
of Africa's rarest Antelopes
Park Gates : Two gates, the Main Gate (Kamato
Gate) and Nyatoto Gate
Climate: humid climate, long rains
falling April –
June & Short Rains falling October –
National park lies in Western Kenya,close to the shores
of the Africa's larges inland lake, Lake Victoria
Wildlife: includes Roan Antelope, Oribi,
Mountain Reedbuck, Leopard, Buffallo, Jacksons Hartebeest,
Distance from Nairobi: 425 Kilometers
West of Nairobi.10 Kilometers East of Lake Victoria
& 23 Kilometers South West of Homabay
and humid, mean annual rainfall is 1200 – 1600mm.
The park has a humid climate, the long rains falling
April-June and the short rains falling October - December
National Park Major Attractions
antelope which is found nowhere else in the country.
Wildlife – Roan antelope, leopard, buffalo, hyena,
Rothschild's giraffe, oribi, Jackson and lelwel hartebeest,
impala, bohor Reed buck, serval cat, topi, baboons,
vervet monkey, honey badgers, bush pig and many more.
Birds – Ruma National Park is an IBA area with
over 400 species of birds recorded. It is renowned amongst
ornithologists for its rare intra – African migrant,
the blue swallow.
National Park provides an unspoiled world for game lovers,
bird watchers, tranquility and peace for meditation,
historians, campers, team building, picnic, sundowners
and scenic beauty.
National Park Facilities/ Accommodation
Ruma National Park Campsite has two campsites,
Nyati campsite which is a special campsite and Fig tree
campsite which is a public campsite and a backpacker’s
Park Picnic site
Korlang’o picnic site which is
a historical site as Korlango was used as escape route
by the kalenjin during the colonial time when they were
brought to Lambwe Valley to die during the resistant,
as the place was inhabited due to tsetse fly and malaria.
Twiga picnic site which is in the middle
of the Park allowing you to snack with the animals.
Oribi Guest House
It is a unique self catering guesthouse built on the
Kanyamwa Escarpment where Gor Mahia used to frequent.
For those who want to have an overnight stay and appreciate
the Park unique attributes of tranquility, wilderness,
scenic beauty and watching the sunset.
has 3 bedrooms accommodating a maximum of 5 people with
a full equipped kitchen.
Game viewing, bird watching, picnic, camping, team building,
meditation, sightseeing, sundowner.
The Park is a classic image of East Africa with a land
of rolling golden savanna dotted with picturesque acacias
backed by dramatic hills and magnificent escarpment.
It also has unique mosaic of riverine woodland and Balanties
& Reservations for Ruma National Park Day –
Trip from Rusinga Island Lodge – Kenya
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