Top things to do

Top Choice International in Kisumu

Green Garden Restaurant

Surrounded by colourful murals and potted palms, the Green Garden is an oasis of culinary delight set in an Italian-themed courtyard. As you would expect, it's an expat hotspot and the word is that the tilapia in sp…
Top Choice Market in Kisumu

Kisumu Main Market

Kisumu’s main market is one of Kenya’s most animated markets and certainly one of its largest – it spills out onto the surrounding roads. If you’re curious, or just looking for essentials such as suits or wigs, it’s…
Historic Site in Mbita & Rusinga Island

Tom Mboya’s Mausoleum

A child of Rusinga, Mboya was one of the few Luo people to achieve political success. He held a huge amount of influence as Jomo Kenyatta’s right-hand man and was widely tipped to become Kenya’s second president bef…
Archaeological Site in Ruma National Park

Thimlich Ohinga Archaeological Site

South of Ruma National Park, this is one of East Africa’s most important archaeological sites. It holds the remains of a dry-stone enclosure, 150m in diameter and containing another five smaller enclosures, thought …
National Park in Lake Victoria

Ruma National Park

Bordered by the dramatic Kanyamaa Escarpment, and home to Kenya’s only population of roans (one of Africa’s rarest and largest antelope), is the seldom-visited, 120-sq-km Ruma National Park. Besides roan, other rari…
National Park in Kisumu

Ndere Island National Park

Gazetted as a national park in 1986, this 4.2-sq-km island has never seen tourism take off. It is forested and very beautiful, housing a variety of bird species, plus occasionally sighted hippos, impalas (introduced…
Archaeological Site in Mfangano Island

Rock Paintings

These rock paintings, often featuring sun motifs, are both revered and feared by locals (which has hindered vandalism) and are thought to be the handiwork of the island’s earliest inhabitants, Bantu Pygmies from Uga…
Wildlife Reserve in Mbita & Rusinga Island

Mbasa Island

Also known as Bird Island, Mbasa is home to a wide variety of wetland birds, including long-tailed cormorants (which have a breeding colony here), fish eagles, marsh harriers and little white egrets. Bird concentrat…
Market in Kisumu

Kibuye Market

Come past the huge Kibuye Market on any quiet weekday and you’ll find it as empty as a hyena’s heart, but visit on a Sunday and it transforms into a blossoming spring flower of colour and scents.
Live Music in Kisumu

Oasis

With live music most nights, this is the place to see Lingala music performed by Congolese bands. Be prepared for mellifluous rhythms and a fair bit of gyrating, shaking and sweating.