Ndere Island National Park
Ndere Island National Park
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David S
4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
We took the boat from Boa beach, which was a matatu and boda ride from Kisumu. The island itself is peaceful and occupied by zebra, water buck and antelope, that along with other flaura and fauna were placed there by the government. After getting off the boat, the guide leads you in a short walk around the island, and you can take in the views and get an impression of the lakes geography. Well worth the trip from Kisumu!
Written September 10, 2023
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Great Horizon Trails
Nairobi, Kenya68 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Ndere means ‘Meeting Place’ in the dialect of the local Luo tribe. According to Luo folklore, Mikayi - the mother of the tribe, rested up near Ndere after her long journey South Down the Nile Valley. She found thelush shoreline so pleasing that she and her people stayed. Ndere Island is home to a variety of birds including Fish Eagles and a dense population of Swifts. Hippos and Crocodiles, including the lesser known Spotted Crocodiles, are a familiar sight. Impalas have been introduced to the woodland which fringes the shores. Attractions include hiking, walking.
Written September 4, 2020
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David Onyimbo O
Kisumu, Nyanza, Kenya2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2012
lake view, boat ride, wildlife like baboons, impala,real nature of the lake victoria and a very conducive environs with the cool breeze during hot season
Written June 7, 2013
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Dorien V
The Netherlands2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Couples
It is not a cheap trip to the ndere island. You have to pay 25 dollars for 1 person and 35 dollars for the boat. The landscape is fine and you will see some animals but not much at all and you have to search quit a while. The boat service is terrible! We were brought there with a boat and we arranged to get picked up by the boatguy at 4.30. It takes around 20 minutes to get there and we wanted to be back before dark. We had to wait until after 5.30! When we said something about it, they just laughed. So its not worth the money. Better spent it on a good park where you can see many more animals.
Written August 16, 2016
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Richard U
London, UK14 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2014 • Friends
Captivating panoramic views from the top after trekking up the island. If you're lucky, you'll spot some zebras from the peak otherwise don't get you're expectations high as this will depend on the wildlife's feeding cycle and availability of shade or during the cooler periods of the day.

The 3 main criticism points are;

1. Why does KWS charge tourists almost 10 times more than residents i.e $20
2. Why does KWS charge ENTRY FEE in the first place when you don't see any tangible developments in the Island, there's barely any trees for shade there!!!
3. KWS needs to plant more trees in that island URGENTLY!!
Written February 8, 2015
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Rapenda
Kisumu, Kenya28 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2013
This park is tucked hidden in lake Victoria about 80km from Kisumu off the Kisumu Bondo Highway. The road is motorable all weather with adequate signage right into the park. The park offices are on the mainland together with a lush picnic /camping ground.
The park itself is a 10-minute motorboat launch into the open lake. A magnificent sight it is with a ring of forest along the shores and the top covered in long grass. The animals here are in some form of paradise and sighting them will take a good investment in time. All they do is eat, groom and sleep. They are all grazers with virtually no predators. The rare sitatunga antelope is preserved here; while stocks last.
Finally, the area around the lake is abuzz with activity and congeniality. Do not bypass the Legio Maria shrine at the 3km junction to the park to see a traditional African religion and its orders and practise. The site is holy and you will need your shoes off your feet to venture further past the gate. Carry your own food and drink for this trip and to get the best, camp over at the island. The guide who doubles as the coxswain is a local. His charges for the boat ride factor in a tip already but that is left to your discretion.
Written April 28, 2013
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sroche317
Boston, MA18 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Friends
My friend and I decided to check out Ndere Island on a Sunday morning. Chartering a private boat from Kisumu was too pricey (~USD $200), so we hired a driver to bring us to a nearby village from which boats go over to the island. (The drive from Kisumu was about an hour.) The road down to the village was a little treacherous, but we made it. There’s a small office where we got our tickets (USD $23 for foreigners), but they only accept payments through M-PESA (a mobile money transfer service). Luckily, my friend has an account, though I’m sure you could find someone to make the payment for you if you’re willing to give them a little extra. M-PESA’s widely used here. You have to hire a private boat to take you over to the island (~20 minute ride each way). It was USD $35 for the boat. We landed at Director’s Jetty (see map) and the boat driver walked us up about half a mile to the lookout point. Along the way, we saw zebras, water buck, monkeys, and many swifts and hawks. The scenery was quite beautiful. From the lookout, you have a 360 view of Lake Victoria and surrounding land. The island itself has no human inhabitants, though apparently some tourists occasionally camp overnight on it. (We did see a fire pit and there are a couple of latrines.) Our boat driver went back to the boat while we walked about a mile to the Kingfisherman Jetty where he met us to take us back to the village. Overall, it’s a nice outing if you’re looking to get away from Kisumu. Going in the early morning is probably better as the sun gets quite hot by mid-day. Sunglasses & a hat are recommended.
Written November 2, 2019
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sally l
Murray Bridge, Australia108 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2011 • Friends
The Lake Victoria is so awesome... just to motor out and watch the fishing boats on the way, and see the great Talapia caught is a bonus, even a hippo or 2 can liven you day.
Written March 30, 2012
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SamuelSamsisma
Kampala, Uganda27 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2016
Hiking this island is interesting but very hot so one must carry his or her own water bottles in order to survive this activity. And the park has a beautiful view when at the top while seeing various animals running and other having a rest. It was really great memories at the island
Written March 18, 2017
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Sheila R
Kampala, Uganda17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2016 • Business
Wonderful time at the park, great memories, the wildlife, scenery and ambiance are to die for! Recommend this wholly.
Written December 14, 2016
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