Kisumu Impala Sanctuary

Kisumu Impala Sanctuary is located on the shores of Lake Victoria 3 km from Kisumu City.

Every year, the Sanctuary holds the Kisumu Impala Conservation Boat Race to create awareness on the need to conserve the wildlife especially the Sitatunga antelope.

Lake Victoria

Lake Victoria
Lake Victoria

Lake Victoria is the largest lake in Africa and the second largest freshwater lake in the world touching three East Africa Countries namely; Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda.

Lake Victoria is wide and shallow (80 m deep) and its main source of water is rainfall with rivers (e.g. Kagera River) and thousands of streams contributing to about 20% of the water. It is the source of the great River Nile that runs to the Mediterranean Sea through Egypt.

This Lake supports plant life around hence the thriving of Kisumu Impala Sanctuary and has a wide variety of fish though some have become extinct.

Lake Victoria habitat consists of the lake, indigenous forest, swampy papyrus areas, grassland, and rocky area.

Kisumu Impala Sanctuary Attractions

Why is Kisumu Impala Sanctuary popular? Here is why.

  • Lake Victoria- the largest lake in Africa with different habitats
  • Animal Orphanage protecting endangered species
  • A wide variety of wildlife especially the herds of Impalas and zebras
  • Picnic sites beside lake Victoria
  • Wide bird species-over 115 species on record
  • Animal enclosures
  • Sundowner viewing points
  • It has 5 picnic sites which include; the Impala, sunset, albizia, baboon, and Simba giving stunning views of Lake Victoria. They are also excellent for holding events such as weddings, parties, and corporate events.
  • Mini-museum on-site
  • Self-catering modern kitchens
  • A great campsite

Kisumu Impala Sanctuary Animals/Wildlife


This Sanctuary holds the Big Five except for the elephant. The wildlife found here include; the Impala, Sitatunga antelope, Nile crocodile, hippopotamus, zebra, lion, leopard, Cape buffalo, monkey, Leopard tortoise, hyena, baboon, cheetah, jackal, Serval cat, bushbuck, mongoose, Bohor reedbuck, waterbuck, among others.

A wide range of bird species are also present here and include; the Guinea fowl, Grey parrot among others

Kisumu Impala Sanctuary Climate/Weather

The climate of this area is hot and humid and has an altitude of 1,149 m above sea level.

When to visit

You can visit all year round due to the climatic conditions of this area.

Travel Tips

here are the items you must carry and what to wear.

  • Insect repellent especially for the mosquito
  • If you are camping please carry camping equipment.
  • Also picnic items, drinking water, camera, and guide book.
  • Wear sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses to avoid the scorching sun.

Things to do in Kisumu Impala Sanctuary

You can indulge in a number of fun activities here and they include;

  • Bird watching
  • Camping
  • Nature walks-very scenic
  • Glass bottom boat rides
  • Holding events-weddings, parties, corporate events, etc.
  • Game viewing

How to get there

By Road-the Kisumu Impala sanctuary is 3 KM from Kisumu City. Kisumu City is 355 KM from Nairobi. To get inside the sanctuary, Walk-in guests are advised to use the main gate while the Drive-in guests should use the Sitatunga gate.

By Air-using the Kisumu Airport from Nairobi

By Water– Kisumu is linked to Kendu Bay, Homa Bay, Mbita, and the neighboring countries through a ferry.

Kisumu Impala Sanctuary Entrance Fee

Entrance fees are as follows;

Citizens (KES): Adult 215, Child 125
Residents (KES): Adult 300 Child 170
Non-residents (USD): Adult 22 Child 13

The Sanctuary Contacts

You can contact the Kenya Wildlife Service through;

Mobile No: +254 774 305 916
Email: /

Kisumu Impala Sanctuary Accommodation

Here are hotels and lodges near the sanctuary

  • Impala Lake Victoria Ecolodge
  • Sovereign Hotel
  • Pinecone Hotel
  • Grand Loyal Swiss Hotel
  • Le Savanna Country Lodge
  • St. John Manor
  • Vittoria Suites
  • Acacia Premier Hotel

Happy wildlife visit!

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