Kakamega Forest

 

Blue-headed Bee-eater Kakamega ForestKakamega Forest  has an area of 240km2 .

Kakamega Forest is a tropical  rainforest eastern most remnant of once continuous forest spreading from Congo basin to East Africa and Central Africa.

The forest is located in Western Kenya about 40km northeast of Kisumu along the northeastern rim of Lake Victoria basin.

Plants

In the forest there are about 385 species

This includes 60 species of ferns, 150 species of trees and shrubs, and 170 species of flowering plants including 60 species of orchids with 9 species endemic to this forest.

Reptiles
 
Kakamega forest is host to a number of lizards, amphibians and snakes and true to the forests continental origins

the snakes of Kakamega are mainly from West Africa, the Forest Cobra, Jameson’s Mamba, Bush Viper, Gabon Viper and Rhinoceros Viper.

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Birding  Kakamega Forest

Kakamega Forest is one of Africa’s most famous birding hotspot

Kakamega Forest has 410 bird species of which 194 are forest dependant, two globally threatened species are known to occur in Kakamega; Chapin’s Flycatcher and Turner’s Eremomela.

Others notable birds in Kakamega Forest; Black and White Casqued Hornbills, Turacos, Pygmy Kingfisher, Jameson’s Wattle-eye, Yellow-crested Woodpecker, Red-breasted Owlet, Martial Eagle, Crowned Eagle which have been nesting at the Rondo Retreat Centre for a while, plus many more.

Butterflies

Kakamega forest is known for its high number of butterflies, with more than 450 recorded, more than half of to

tal species found in Kenya

Mammals

A wide range of mammals includes giant forest squirrel, scaly-tailed flying squirrel, hammer-headed fruit bats, bushpig, gray duiker, civet, suni.

There are many nocturnal animals too like the ground pangolin; potto, hedgehog, aardvark, brush-tailed porcupine and leopards are also to be found in Kakamega forest though rarely seen

There are rare primates like the black and white Colobus, De Brazza Monkeys, Blue Monkey, Red-tailed Monkey and Olive baboon

Climate

Kakamega Forest receives some of the highest rainfall in the country and annually the precip

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itation is 2,000 millimeters. Most of this rain falls between April and November, with a short dry season from January to March.

Rain falls mostly in the afternoon or early evenings and is often accompanied by heavy thunderstorms.

The temperatures does not vary greatly throughout the year, with a mean maximum shade figure of 270 C and a mean minimum of 150 C