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Kakamega Forest

Into the forest we go to loose our minds and find our souls.

Kakamega Forest is a tropical rainforest situated in the Kakamega and Kisumu Counties of Kenya, North West of the capital Nairobi, and near to the border with Uganda. It is Kenya’s only tropical rainforest and is said to be Kenya’s last remnant of the ancient Guineo-Congolian rainforest that once spanned the continent.

Throughout the forest are a series of grassy glades. The glades vary a great deal in structure, some being open grass and others having a considerable number of trees or shrubs.

The Kakamega Forest is very wet, with an average of 1200 mm – 1700 mm of rain per year.

The forest is famous for its birds, such as the west African Great blue turaco and black-and-white-casqued hornbill.

At least 9 birds are not found anywhere else.

The Southern part of Kakamega forest, there is the well known Mama Mtere tree, a historic tree and the most photographed tree in Kakamega forest.
There are hiking trails in the forest that allow for forest walking, camping, hiking, primate watching, bird and butterfly watching, game watching and village walks, the weeping stone (Crying stone) at Ilesi, located along the Kakamega-Kisumu road, or Kisere Forest to see the De-brazes monkey in the north of Kakamega.

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