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VSW 109 - Presidential Heritage Tour and Kogelo Community Safari in Kenya - 3 Days / 2 Nights

Highlights

This tour can start from Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport or Kisumu's International Airport which is under reconstruction to allow Air force one landing with Barack next time he visits Kenya. This is a three day trip which takes you to the community of Nyang'oma Kogelo village where the father of the USA President Barack Obama's father was born and bread. You will be able to visit the local Ngiya market, pass through the equator line at Maseno and visit the local Kogelo dispensary, Kogelo market and Senator Barack Obama secondary school just behind the home. In addition to this trip, you will also visit the Siaya town. You will also visit the local villages in the surrounding.

Itinerary
Boating in Lake Victoria

Day 1: Arrival - Nairobi / Kisumu
On arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi or alternatively on arrival at Kisumu International Airport, you will be met by our tour manager who will brief you on your community visits to Kogelo before you are transferred to your hotel for check in. Depending on the time of arrival, if you arrive in the morning flight, you will be able to visit the Kogelo Community village during the day. If you arrive in the evening by evening flights, you will be able to start your trip the next day. For those who are traveling by road from Nairobi to Kisumu, you expect to arrive in the afternoon in Kisumu. You will therefore be able to start your trip the next morning. You will also be taken for a Kisumu City tour, time allowing, you may have a boat ride around the Lake.

Kogelo is a typical Kenyan rural village with most residents living modestly by small-scale farming. The village has a primary school - Senator Obama Primary School and a high school -Senator Obama Secondary School. The land for both schools was donated by Barack Obama, Sr., a native of the village and they were renamed after his son and then US senator Barack Obama in 2006. There is also a health centre. The village has a shopping centre with shops and a bar. Previously the village had no electricity, but it was connected to the power network immediately after the 2008 US presidential election. All meals and overnights at Imperial hotel, Sunset hotel or Kisumu hotel.

The Equator

Day 2: Kisumu City-Kogelo village
You will depart Kisumu in the morning after breakfast at your residence and head through Kisumu Busia road. You will then reach Maseno University gates and proceed just 150 meters from the Maseno University gates to the Equator Line Point. After a photographic session on the Equator line, you will proceed to Luanda town then, you will divert to the left heading straight to Ngiya market. If you arrive on a Tuesday, then you will be lucky to have a glimpse of the market day at Ngiya. You then proceed and divert onto the left just before you reach Mbeji Academy onto the Murram road. You will then take about 15 minutes before you arrive at the Kogelo Dispensary on your right. After a visit of the dispensary proceed to the Kogelo market, Kogelo Primary School and Senator Barack Obama Secondary School. You will then enter Sarah Obama's home behind the secondary school.

Kogelo is the ancestral home of Barack Obama, Sr., the father of current United States President Barack Obama. Barack Obama, Sr. is buried in the village. Some of their family members, including his paternal grandmother Sarah Anyango Obama, still live in the home.In the home, Sarah Obama's home; you will find both the grave sites for Barack Obama Sr. and his father's. you will also find in the homestead Sarah's house, the security tents, visit the vegetable garden, the cattle Boma and sit under the big mango trees where Sarah usually have interviews with visitors
After the visit, you will proceed to Siaya town and then back to Kisumu city for dinner and overnight at your hotel.

(Alternatively, you may decide to spend a night in a rural homestead or a modern homestead along the Lake Victoria. Lunch will be served at the homestead, dinner and overnight either in Kisumu city or a homestead). Dinner and overnight at Imperial hotel Sunset hotel or Kisumu hotel.

Nyatiti, Luo Musical String

Day 3: Kisumu City - Siaya - Kogelo village (Cultural Tourism) - Departure
After morning breakfast, you will depart for Siaya in Alego where you will be taken to the local homesteads where you will experience the cultural dances, Nyatiti traditional music, Ohangla playing and the local community market. You will also visit the local dispensary and the local market at Kogelo You will then proceed, time allowing into the local secondary and primary schools where you may donate you educational books if any. You will then drive back to Kisumu at the end of the day and proceed to the Kisumu International Airport for your departure flights.

End of services.

From Kisumu Cost: US$ 750 per person sharing
From Nairobi Cost: US$ 950 per person sharing
Single Supplement US$ 250. Child 50% of Adult cost.

Cost includes-

- Road transport using tour van
- All airport transfers
- Local airfares - Nairobi - Kisumu - Nairobi
- All meals while on this trip
- Accommodation in best hotels or homesteads within the vicinity visited
- Driver and vehicle allowances
- All Government taxes
- Service of an English speaking driver guide

Cost excludes:-

- Tips to driver guides and potters
- Extras at the Hotels -tips, drinks, telephone, laundry etc
- Items of personal expenses

VSW 108 - Kogelo Community Excursion - Full Day

Highlights

This is a one day trip that takes you to Kogelo village where the father of the USA president Barack Obama's father was born and bread. You will be able to visit the local Ngiya market, pass through the equator line at Maseno and visit the local Kogelo dispensary, Kogelo market and Senator Barack Obama secondary school just behind the home. You will also visit the local villages in the surrounding. This tour can start from Kisumu's International Airport.

Itinerary
Feeding Orphans At Kogelo

Day 1: Arrival - Nairobi / Kisumu City - Kogelo village - Kisumu
On arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi or alternatively on arrival at Kisumu International Airport, you will be met by our tour manager who will brief you on your community visits to Kogelo before you are transferred to Kogelo from Kisumu International Airport. We expect you to arrive in the morning flight from Nairobi; you will be able to visit the Kogelo Community village during the day.

Kogelo, also known as Nyang’oma Kogelo, is a rural village in Alego - Siaya District, Nyanza Province, Kenya. It is located near the equator, 40 kilometers west-northwest of Kisumu City, and the provincial capital. Kisumu – Siaya road leads to Kogelo branching from Ng’iya junction.

You will then depart Kisumu City in the morning and head through Kisumu Busia road. You will then reach Maseno University gates and proceed just 150 meters from the Maseno University gates to the Equator Line Point. After a photographic session on the Equator line, you will proceed to Luanda town then, you will divert to the left heading straight to Ngiya market. If you arrive on a Tuesday, then you will be lucky to have a glimpse of the market day at Ngiya. You then proceed and divert onto the left just before you reach Mbeji Academy onto the Murram road. You will then take about 15 minutes before you arrive at the Kogelo Dispensary on your right. After a visit of the dispensary proceed to the Kogelo market, Kogelo primary school and Senator Barack Obama Secondary School. You will then enter Sarah Obama’s home behind the secondary school.

Groups at Kogelo

Kogelo is the ancestral home of Barack Obama, Sr., the father of current United States President Barack Obama. Barack Obama, Sr. is buried in the village. Some of their family members, including his paternal grandmother Sarah Anyango Obama, still live in the home.In the home, Sarah Obama’s home; you will find both the grave sites for Barack Obama Sr. and his father’s. you will also find in the homestead Sarah’s house, the security tents, visit the vegetable garden, the cattle Boma and sit under the big mango trees where Sarah usually have interviews with visitors
Packed lunch will be served en route, you will then return to the Kisumu International Airport for your departure flights back to Nairobi.

End of services.

Cost: US$ 250 per solo person traveling.

Cost includes-

- Road transport using a small car
- All airport transfers
- Driver and vehicle allowances
- Service of an English speaking driver guide

Cost excludes:-

- Tips to driver guides and potters
- Local flight fees
- Items of personal expenses

Western Kenya Culture and Community Safari - 9 Days(VSL 770)

Western Kenya Culture and Community Safari, Kisumu Cultural Safaris, Lake Victoria Cultural Tours, Africa Cultural Tours, East Africa Community Tours, Adventure Travel in Africa, Special Interest Safaris

Tea Plantation
Kisumu Town
Boating

Day 1 Nairobi – Nakuru – Kericho
Leave Nairobi early in the morning after breakfast and drive through the Great Rift Valley and have a stop-over at the View Point to have a glance at the breathtaking Escarpment. Proceed to Lake Nakuru for a game drive in this home of millions of Flamingos, the Pelican Birds and the White Rhino. Early lunch in Lake Nakuru Lodge, then proceed to the evergreen Town of Kericho to have the spectacular view of the Tea Plantation. Have some time to interact with tea pickers and learn much more about the laborers. Dinner and overnight at a Kericho Hotel.

Day 2 Kericho – Kano Plains (Lwanda Magere Site) – Kisumu
After breakfast, depart from Kericho to the plains of Kano and visit the grave of the legendary fallen hero of the Luo tribe. You will be briefed on the history of Lwanda Magere whom, according to history, turned into a stone after he was shot by a spear from a member of the Kalenjin tribe whom they were at war with. You can give your donation to the staff to maintain the grave and there welfare. Proceed further passing through the Rice Plantations arriving in Kisumu City late evening, picnic lunch en route, dinner and overnight at a hotel.

Day 3 Kisumu Full Day
You will spend a full day in Kisumu visiting Dunga Beach which is famous all over Nyanza for the sale of Fish. You will have an opportunity to interact with the local fishermen and get to know the culture around the fishing beaches. Proceed to the Museum where you will get to see different artifacts of the various tribes that occupy Western Kenya especially the Luo. Lunch in the hotel. After lunch proceed to Kit Mikayi (the stone of the first wife who is believed to be the mother of the Luo who rested here after a very long journey in search of the source of the Nile). Time allows you can have a hike at Riat Hills to get a glimpse of the Greater Kisumu City. Dinner in the hotel, after dinner, optional visit to a Discotheque or visit a live band and have a feel of Kisumu-by-night or retire after dinner to your bed preparing for the next day’s itinerary.

Day 4 Kisumu – Kendu bay – Homabay.
Leave after breakfast departing from Kisumu City and drive to Kendu bay experiencing the typical African rough roads to reach Kendu bay and proceed straight to Simbi Nyaima for a mythological story about this magical Lake followed by a visit to Orian’g market to view the amazing pottery work by the Orian’g Women Group. Have an early lunch in Kendu bay, then drive to Kanjira and Kanam Hot springs this will give you an opportunity of interacting with groups of men and women whose work is to transport the Soda Ash using Donkeys to the Town of Kisii for sale. This is their source of livelihood. If you have an egg, you can boil it within 5 minutes at the hot springs. Proceed to Homabay for dinner and overnight at a hotel.

Day 5 Homabay – Ruma National Park – Mbita Point
After breakfast, drive through Lambwe Valley reaching this park which hosts the largest number of Roan Antelopes in Africa to enjoy a game drive, picnic lunch, then transfer to Mbita Point for dinner and overnight.

Day 6 Mbita Point Full Day
Have a full day in Mbita visiting the site at Ligongo Hills where Dr. Mary Leakey discovered the skull of early man - Proconsul Africanus. This archaeological finding is kept in the Kenya National Museum in Nairobi. The hill also acts as the Vantage Point to see on rotation how water has gone round the Island. Visit the Tom Mboya Mausoleum, built in memory of the vibrant Politician by similar name that was gunned down in 1963 which evoked demonstrations all over the Country. Tom Mboya was interred at his ancestral home in Kamasengre Village in Rusinga Island. Enjoy the mythological story of Nyama gi Ware the stones which are believed to have been bulls fighting from these different Clans. Get a ride around the Island back to Mbita in the evening, picnic lunch en route, dinner and overnight at the hotel.



Day 7 Mbita Point Full Day.
We begin this day by visiting a local Catholic Church early in the morning after breakfast the rest of the day is dedicated to less fortunate individuals in the society e.g. Women groups organized by the widows as a result of HIV/ AIDS scourge, Orphaned children whose parents died of AIDS related diseases, Tom Mboya Memorial Hospital and the development projects which are being financed by voluntary groups etc Visit one or two local homes and get to know the real picture of how the common rural families are going over there usual choruses economically, socially and politically. Join fishermen pulling fish to the shore in the evening and get to learn how Luos as a tribe depends entirely on Fish as the source of their livelihood. Dinner and overnight in Mbita Hotel.

Day 8 Mbita Point Full Day.
After breakfast a visit to a local primary school which is in dire need of teaching equipments occupies the morning. Enjoy lunch at the hotel after which proceed for a traditional boat rally competition followed by optional activities e.g. a walk to Gembe Hills which is on the vicinity of your accommodation and has quite a number of Birds with a very tranquil surrounding or just relax around the hotel enjoying the serene of the facility. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 9 Mbita – Kisumu – Nairobi
Early morning breakfast, then to the ferry to cross over from Mbita to Lwanda for an onward safari to Kisumu for early lunch, then proceed to Nairobi arriving late in the evening with a transfer either to a hotel of your choice or to the airport.

NB: This itinerary can be extended to Maasai Mara or Uganda on request. Under this itinerary, we organize the following on request:

  • Home stay for those who want to participate in day to day natural activities of the community.
  • Voluntary teaching practices in the rural schools.
  • Voluntary community development work.
  • Foster parenting.
  • Student exchange program.

VSW 106 - Kogelo Community Tour -2 Days / 1 Night

Highlights

This is a two day trip that takes you to the community of Nyang'oma Kogelo village where the father of the USA President Barack Obama's father was born and bread. You will be able to visit the local Ngiya market, pass through the equator line at Maseno and visit the local Kogelo dispensary, Kogelo market and Senator Barack Obama Secondary School just behind the home. You will also visit the local villages in the surrounding. This tour can start from Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport or Kisumu's International Airport which is under reconstruction to allow Air force one landing with Barack next time he visits Kenya.

Itinerary
Kisumu Museum

Day 1: Arrival - Nairobi/Kisumu
On arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi or alternatively on arrival at Kisumu International Airport, you will be met by our tour manager who will brief you on your community visits to Kogelo before you are transferred to your hotel for check in. Depending on the time of arrival, if you arrive in the morning flight, you will be able to visit the Kogelo Community village during the day. If you arrive in the evening by evening flights, you will be able to start your trip the next day. For those who are traveling by road from Nairobi to Kisumu, you expect to arrive in the afternoon in Kisumu. You will therefore be able to start your trip the next morning.

Kogelo, also known as Nyang'oma Kogelo, is a rural village in Alego - Siaya District, Nyanza Province, Kenya. It is located near the equator, 40 kilometers west-northwest of Kisumu City, and the provincial capital. Kisumu - Siaya road leads to Kogelo branching from Ng’iya junction. All meals and overnights at Imperial hotel, Sunset hotel or Kisumu hotel.

Maseno University

Day 2: Kisumu City - Kogelo village
You will depart Kisumu in the morning after breakfast at your residence and head through Kisumu Busia road. You will then reach Maseno University gates and proceed just 150 meters from the Maseno University gates to the Equator Line Point. After a photographic session on the Equator line, you will proceed to Luanda town then, you will divert to the left heading straight to Ngiya market. If you arrive on a Tuesday, then you will be lucky to have a glimpse of the market day at Ngiya. You then proceed and divert onto the left just before you reach Mbeji Academy onto the Murram road.

You will then take about 15 minutes before you arrive at the Kogelo Dispensary on your right. After a visit of the dispensary proceed to the Kogelo market, Kogelo primary school and Senator Barack Obama Secondary School. You will then enter Sarah Obama’s home behind the secondary school. Kogelo is the ancestral home of Barack Obama, Sr., the father of current United States President Barack Obama. Barack Obama, Sr. is buried in the village. Some of their family members, including his paternal grandmother Sarah Anyango Obama, still live in the home.In the home, Sarah Obama’s home; you will find both the grave sites for Barack Obama Sr. and his father’s. you will also find in the homestead Sarah’s house, the security tents, visit the vegetable garden, the cattle Boma and sit under the big mango trees where Sarah usually have interviews with visitors.

Sara Obama grandmother to Barack Obama

After the visit, you will proceed to Siaya town and onto Yala Swamp before you cross the River Yala and onto Bondo district and then back to Kisumu city for dinner and overnight at your hotel. Lunch will be served en route, dinner and overnight at Imperial hotel, Sunset hotel or Kisumu hotel.

End of services.

Cost: US$ 750 per person sharing. Single Supplement US$ 240. Child 50% of Adult cost.

Cost includes-

- Road transport using Mini tour van with pop-up roof for viewing and photography
- All airport transfers
- Local airfares where applicable
- All meals while on this trip
- Accommodation in best hotels and homesteads within the vicinity visited
- Park entry fees where applicable
- Driver and vehicle allowances
- All Government taxes
- Service of an English speaking driver guide
- Game drive as per the itinerary

Cost excludes:-

- Tips to driver guides and potters
- Extras at the Hotels -tips, drinks, telephone, laundry etc
- Items of personal expenses

Lake Victoria Gulf Community Tourism - 9 Days

Community Tours in Africa, Lake Victoria Community Tourism, Lake Victoria Safaris, Western Kenya, Lake Victoria fishing trips, homestays around Lake Victoria Kenya, Kericho Tea Growing Communities, Kisumu Communities

Tea Plantation
Birding in Kisumu

Day 1 Nairobi – Nakuru – Kericho
Leave Nairobi early in the morning after breakfast and drive through the Great Rift Valley and have a stop over at the View Point to have a glance at the breathe taking Escarpment. Proceed to Lake Nakuru for a game drive in this home of the multi million Flamingos, the Pelican Birds and the White Rhino. Early lunch in Lake Nakuru Lodge, then proceed to the ever green Town of Kericho to have the spectacular view of the Tea Plantation. Have some times to interact with Tea pickers and learn much more about the laborers. Dinner and overnight at a Kericho Hotel.

Day 2 Kericho – Kano Plains (Lwanda Magere Site) – Kisumu
After breakfast, depart from Kericho to the plains of Kano and visit the grave of the legendary fallen hero of the Luo tribe. You will be briefed on the history of Lwanda Magere whom according to history after he was shot by a spear from the Kalenjin tribe whom they were at war with, he fell down and turned into a stone. You can give your donation to the staff to maintain the grave and there welfare. Proceed further passing through the Rice Plantations arriving in Kisumu City late evening, picnic lunch enroute, dinner and overnight at a hotel.

Day 3 Kisumu Full Day
You will spend full day in Kisumu visiting Dunga Beach which is famous all over Nyanza for the sale of fresh water fish. You will have an opportunity to interact with the local fishermen and get to know the culture around fishing beaches. Proceed to the Museum where you will have to see different artifacts of different tribes especially the Luos. Lunch in the hotel. After lunch proceed to Kit- Mikayi (the stone of the first wife who is believed to be the mother of Luos who rested here after a very long journey in search of the source of the Nile). Time allows you can have a hike at Riat Hills to catch a glance of the active Kisumu City. Dinner in the hotel, after dinner, optional visit of a Discotheque or visit a live band and have a feel of Kisumu by night or retire after dinner to your bed preparing for the next days agenda.

Day 4 Kisumu – Kendu bay – Homabay.
Depart after breakfast from Kisumu City and drive to Kendu bay experiencing the typical African rough roads to reach Kendu bay and proceed straight to Simbi Nyaima for a mythological story about this magical Lake followed by a visit to Orian’g market to amaze at the famous pottery work by the Orian’g Women Group. Have early lunch in Kendubay, then drive to Kanjira and Kanam Hot springs this will give you an opportunity of interacting with groups of man and women whose there work is to transport the Soda Ash using Donkeys to the Town of Kisii for sale. This is their source of livelihood. If you have an egg, you can boil and within 5mins, it will be ready to be eaten. Proceed to Homabay for dinner and overnight at a hotel.

Day 5 Homabay – Ruma National Park – Mbita Point
After breakfast, drive through Lambwe Valley reaching this park which hosts the largest number of Roan Antelopes in Africa to enjoy a game drive, picnic lunch, then transfer to Mbita Point for dinner and overnight.


Lake Victoria from Mbita Point

Day 6 Mbita Point Full Day
Have a full day in Mbita visiting the site at Ligongo Hills where Dr. Mary Leakey discovered the skull of the oldest man Proconsul Africanus which is found in the Kenya national Museum Nairobi. The hill also acts as the Vintage Point to see on rotation how water has gone round the Island. Visit the Tom Mboya Mausoleum, the vibrant Politician in the History of Kenya who was gunned down in 1963 which evoked demonstrations all over the Country and was interred at their home in Kamasengre Village in Rusinga. Enjoy the mythological story of Nyama gi Ware the stones which are believed to have been bulls fighting from these different Clans. Get a ride around the Island back to Mbita in the evening, picnic lunch en-route, dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Jaramogi Mausoleum
Lake Victoria

Day 7 Mbita - Luanda Kotieno - Kang'o - Ramogi Hill
After breakfast, cross the Lake Victoria Gulf by ferry to Luanda Kotieno beach,Have a chat with the local fishermen at the beach before driving via Aram with a stop over at a childrens Home. Proceed to bondo town then to Kang'o ka Jaramogi, visit the Late Jaramogi's mauseleum then proceed to hike Ramogi hill to have a panoramic view of lake Victoria islands. Lunch at the mouseleum, dinner and overnight at a homestay by the beach.

Day 8 Mageta Island - Dominion Farm - Barack Obama's home
After breakfast take a boat ride to Mageta island from Uhanya beach. Visit the old colonial prision now turned into a local primary school on the island. See the animals on the island, talk to the local fishermen then back on the boat to the main land.Drive to Nyamonye then cross the river yala into Dominion Farm where you will meet the farm management and chat with the local farm workers. Proceed to siaya via Lake kanyaboli for bird watching. Lunch at Siaya town. Proceed to Nyangoma kogelo, the home of the USA senator - Barack Obama, visit the Barack Obama Secondary School, Barack Obama health centre, before having evening tea and a photograph with his grand mother and the local villagers at the homestead.Proceed to Kisumu via Kit Mikaye arriving in the evening. Dinner and overnight at Kisumu hotel.

Day 9 Kisumu - Nairobi
After breakfast proceed to Nairobi by road or take a flight. NB:This itinerary can be extended to uganda on request.

Cost:

Please request for the safari cost by filling in your details after clicking on the Reservations Button below. The price depends on season of travel, class of accommodation and the size of the group. Children are offered Special Rates based on their ages.

Includes:

- Free airport pickup
- All park entrance fees
- Full board accommodation on safari/including homestays
- Services of an English speaking driver guide
- Transport based on a safari minibus with pop up roof for game viewing
- Driver allowances and park fees for vehicle and driver
- Game drives as per the Itinerary
- Government taxes

Excludes:

- Extras at the lodges i.e. drinks, telephone, laundry etc.
- Both local and International flights
- Departure tax
- Tips to porters and drivers
- Local charges and participatory fees

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