Parks & Reserves

Nyanza : : Ndere Island National Park
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Ndere Island National park covers an area of 4.2 km2. It’s an island off the northern shore of Lake Victoria and was gazetted in November 1986. Ndere means "meeting place" in the language of the local Luo tribe. According to the Luo folklore, Kit Mikayi-mother of the tribe, rested up near Ndere after her long journey south down the Nile valley. She found the lush shorelines so pleasing that she and her people stayed. It’s one of the scenic & special interest parks managed by KWS. It was branded as ‘the island of serenity and beauty’ in March 2010


  • Kisumu west district of Kisumu county.


  • Hot and Humid.

How to get there

  • Roads: Ndere Island is almost 45km away from Kisumu City; take the airport road, branch left at Kisian shpping centre and take the Bondo-Usenge road then turn left at Kombewa market-about 12km away from the park
  • Airstrips: Kisumu International Airport; about 5km away from the city centre and  30minutes flight from Nairobi
  • Boat : The park can be accessed by boat from Kisumu through the lake Victoria-almost one hour (1 hr) drive

Safari card required?

  • Entry is by Cash only. Proof of identification will be required.
    • Citizens – Valid Passport or National ID
    • Residents – Valid Passport

Major attractions

  • The scenic Ndere island
  • Six mini-islands
  • Fresh air
  • Terrain
  • Wildlife; De brazza monkeys, Olive baboons, Sitatunga antelopes, Hippos, Impalas, Monitor lizards, variety of fish species, Dikdiks, Aardvarks, Jackals, Geckos, Vervet monkeys, over 100 bird species and a variety of trees, shrubs , herbs and grass
  • Good view of Homa hills as well as surrounding islands namely Mnara, Maboko, Kagera, Mageta, Rambungu, Imra, Ochola amongst others


  • Public campsites
  • Well maintained walking trails
  • Camping tents


  • Walking
  • Game viewing
  • Boat riding
  • Bird watching
  • Sport fishing
  • Hiking
  • Camping

What to carry with you

  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • A pair of binoculars
  • Notebook & pens
  • Camera
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Guidebooks
  • Plenty of drinking water



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