Kakamega Forest National Reserve

What You Should Know About Kakamega Forest National Reserve


Want a tropical forest tour in Kenya? Kakamega Forest National Reserve is the only one in Kenya. It houses the widest variety of primates and home to birders in the East African region. For a perfect experience, enlist the help of a tour guide, especially for birders. As for nature walkers, the jungle creates an ideal getaway atmosphere for a walk or hike.



  • The forest nature trails provide perfect stroll paths for nature lovers.
  • Kakamega Forest National Reserve is among the best birding destination in East Africa.
  • The tropical climate is the best in the region.
  • A good break from the regular wildlife tours.



  • Wet and slippery all year long.
  • Few accommodation facilities within the vicinity.
  • The Reserve is not among the local tourism circuit.


What Animals Live in Kakamega Forest National Reserve?

None of the Big 5 is found in the Reserve. However, there are very many species of monkeys and other smaller animals. Others are small animals like squirrels, dik-dik, bats, and many more. They hide, especially during the day, making them scarce. The center of attraction in the forest is birds. Kakamega Forest National Reserve is the home to various species of birds in the region. Birders contribute to the most significant percentage of tourists into the Reserve.                                            


What Is the Best Time to Visit Kakamega Forest National Reserve?

The Reserve is open all year-round for excursions. However, the forest paths are usually muddy and slippery during the rainy season (April, May, and early June). The best time for a visit is December through to February when the weather is hot.


What Is the Weather in Kakamega Forest National Reserve?

Tropical regions have unique weather and climate throughout the year. Temperatures are average, where hot days experience cool nights. The weather is generally wet from March to November, thanks to the equator's high rainfall climate. December to February are usually dry, which is the best time to go for a hike in the forest.

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