Kakamega Tropical Rain Forest is a mid-atitude tropical rainforest, the easternmost outlier of the Congo Basin Forest. Its west Africa affinities is unique to Kenya, and the forest contains many species found no where else in Kenya.The forest was first gazetted as a trust forest in 1933, and two small nature reserve, Yala and Isecheno combine totaling to 700 ha, were established within the forest reserve in 1967.In 1986, nearly 4000 ha of the northern portion of the forest , along with that adjacent 457 ha Kisere forest, were gazetted as a National Reserve, managed by Kenya Wildlife services (Leon Bennun & Peter Njoroge, 1999)

Great Blue Turaco. Photo@Jan F.L Van Duinen

Kakamega forest avifauna is unique not only nationally, but continentally. Several species have isolated, rellict here include; Ansorge’s Greenbul, Blue-headed Bee-eater, Chapin’s Flycatcher and Turner’s Eromomela , which are absent from all or nearly all of the superficially similar mid-elevation forest in Uganda.Other than those species mention above, others include;Banded Snake Eagle,African Crowned Eagle,Red-chested  Owlet,Toro-Olive and Honeyguide Greenbul, Grey-chested Illadopsis, Grey-winged and Blue-shouldred Robi, Southern Hyliota and Yellow-bellied Wattle eye.

Yellow-spotted Barbet. Photo@Juhani Vilpo

Rondo Retreat Centre is the best accommodation facility available with a wonderful garden. Good Guides are available for hire at Rondo and Kakamega Environmental Education Program office at the edge of the forest.Wilberforce Okeka, Ben Obanda and Smith  are all impressive with the birdlife of the forest.

Black-faced Rufous Warbler.Photo@ Juhani Vilpo
Luhder’s Bush-shrike. Photo@Juhani Vilpo
Equatorial Akalat, an impressive forest robin. Photo@Juhani Vilpo
White-tailed Ant-Thrush. Photo@Juhani Vilpo
White-spotted Flufftail. Photo@Juhani Vilpo

One thought on “Kakamega Forest National Reserve

  1. Kakamega Forest National Reserve i some of the best places to be if you are a fan of nature walks and birdwatching, not to mention there are lots of rare primates to find there too.

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