Ruma National Park

Ruma National Park, Homa Bay

Ruma National Park - Homa Bay
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Lambwe Valley, Homa Bay 40300 Quênia

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748janeh
Auckland Central, Nova Zelândia15 contribuições
dez de 2020 • Amigos
A stunning, tranquil campsite with a beautiful view to take in the African sunrises and sunsets. The park was easy to get to from Homa Bay. Inside the park, the roads were variable but efforts were being made to upgrade the surfaces. Wildlife was stunning - we saw 5 rhinos together, giraffe, beautiful birds, topi and zebra, amongst others, as well as the elusive Roan Antelope. We got to enjoy this beautiful park all by ourselves, with virtually no other visitors for the 4 days and 3 nights we were there. It is also the only KWS park we have visited with a guide book, although not all the roads are accurately marked on the map. An absolute bargain on current KWS rates.
Feita em 13 de fevereiro de 2021
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Great Horizon Trails
Nairóbi, Quênia68 contribuições
jun de 2019
Ruma National park lies in Western Kenya, close to the shores of Africa’s largest inland Lake, Lake Victoria. The park is considered the last retreat and the sanctuary of the endangered and threatened Roan antelope which is considered one of the Africa’s rarest Antelopes. This park was established in 1966 to protect its indigenous population of rare Roan antelope which exist nowhere else in Kenya. It acquired national park status in 1993 and renamed Ruma National Park on the request of the local community in honor of one of the most powerful Kenya’s wizards, the much-feared Gor Mahia who was living high on a hill which now forms part of the Kanyamwa Escarpment. The classic image of East Africa is realized in Ruma National Park, a land of rolling Savannah dotted with picturesque Acacias and backed by dramatic hills. Compact in size, the park is easily traversed by only two major routes and offers a unique mosaic of reverie woodland, golden Savannah and magnificent Escarpments.
Feita em 31 de maio de 2020
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theresatwiga
Londres, UK4 contribuições
nov de 2019 • Família
I’ve visited Ruma with young kids from Kisumu and they had a brilliant time. They have never been on safari before so for them it was a magical and fun day out.
I work for a tour operator in the UK and have visited pretty much all National parks in Kenya. You can’t compare Ruma with the Mara or any other parks really because the main animals you find in Ruma are Giraffe (hundreds!), zebra and antelopes (mainly Impala and Topi). We were lucky and saw four rhinos from a distance.
There are no elephants or lions but I’ve heard that there are a few leopards around (didn’t see any). Although the park is famous for antelopes we didn’t see the Roan antelope.
Important things to note: you can only pay the entry fee with Mpesa!! They do not accept cash (under no circumstance!) and the card machine usually has no network. I tried to pay by card a few times and it never was able to connect. I then had to ask a friend to transfer some money via Mpesa which took ages. So come prepared!
When it’s the rainy season be aware that normal cars can get stuck and you’ll need a good safari vehicle to do the trip.
We had to end our trip a bit early as it started raining heavily and the rangers asked our driver to leave the park as we may get stuck. The park really is useless when it rains as the path turns into mud.
Overall I think it’s a lovely park with a beautiful landscape. Don’t expect to see a big variety of animals but for the little ones it was very exciting. This trip was very special to them, travelling in a vehicle that can open the roof was an adventure alone.
It’s a good alternative if you only want to go for one day (from kisumu or Homa bay) and don’t want to go all the way to central Kenya or also if you can’t quite afford any of the big parks. Entry fees are reasonable. Citizen kids are around 200ksh, adults around 350ksh, Non-residents/citizens pay $22.

Just to give you an idea... For the vehicle, for the whole day I paid 6000 ksh in total (safari van with open roof) which was a very good deal I got through a friend. Driver-guide and petrol costs extra.

On the way back we stopped at Simbi Nyaimba. It was alright. You can walk around the lake which takes about 30 minutes and the local guides will tell you a myth about the lake.

Hope this was helpful. Enjoy :)
Feita em 21 de novembro de 2019
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WILD SIDE KENYA TOURS AND SAFARIS
Nairóbi, Quênia4 contribuições
ago de 2019
Ruma national Park is worth visiting when you are around the Lake Victoria basin, it has a natural attraction with beautiful landscape, plenty of antelopes, Giraffes, Water buffaloes, Rhinoceros and roan antelope which is a rare species.
Feita em 20 de outubro de 2019
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Seut01
Laren, Países Baixos232 contribuições
set de 2019 • Amigos
Inderdaad, klein park. Om binnen te komen is wel even een dingetje. Bankpassen en creditcards worden gedeclained, als er al telecontact is. Je moet met digitaal geld betalen; Mfeso. Dat is om het zwartgeld circuit te stoppen. Heb je dat niet.....nee, geen zwartgeld, maar Mfeso, dan moet je even een half uur terug en weer terug. De dieren zijn wel auto’s gewend en zo kan het dat je op 5 meter van de auto een neushoorn, of buffels ziet. De lodge geeft na een eerste bericht verder geen antwoord, dus wij zijn verder gegaan.
Feita em 21 de setembro de 2019
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wayne y
Kisumu, Quênia291 contribuições
dez de 2018 • Família
We had an enjoyable and relaxing day at Ruma. We live in Kisumu so we had a 2 1/2 hour drive to the park. We left in the morning and returned home in the evening so we really were not able to be in the park at the peak morning and evening sighting hours. The ranger that checked us in at the gate was very helpful. We saw the most game down toward the airstrip on the newer, lower road. We probably saw over 100 giraffes. We also saw buffalo, a variety of birds, topi, waterbuck and a few other animals. We did a self drive and the main roads in the park are passable right now with a van. (End of December) We had two families and children from toddlers to teens but it was enjoyed by all. We will be back.
Feita em 7 de janeiro de 2019
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William W
6 contribuições
out de 2018 • A sós
There are various categories of animals in the park. Taking a taxi to the site doesn't cost much. The road to the park is good and the distance is short.
Feita em 21 de outubro de 2018
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Bert v
Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya16 contribuições
ago de 2018 • Casais
Don't expect a nicely organized safari trip... It's wild, unorganized, slippery black-cotton soil (when wet), basic, cool and just REAL...
Feita em 8 de agosto de 2018
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Steve B
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK41 contribuições
jun de 2018 • Amigos
Its quite remote and most people probably haven't heard of it but Ruma National Park is well worth a visit - especially if, like me, you hate being surrounded by hordes of safari vans - we saw only one other vehicle all day.

It certainly isn't teeming with wildlife life the Mara, so you have to work at spotting it, which I think adds to the fun. There aren't any elephants or lions but there are a lot of other things to see including rhino, leopard, buffalo, zebra, impala, hartebeesr, the very rare roan antelope and large numbers of giraffe.

The bird life is excellent.including the highly endangered blue swallow - which we didn't manage to see.

Arrive as dawn is breaking and stay for as long as you can to get the most out of the experience. Probably best to avoid here in the wet season as some routes can, I am told be impassable.
Feita em 8 de julho de 2018
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Oxford2gether
Oxford7 contribuições
jun de 2018 • A sós
I want to thank my driver Samwell - for the best experience I could of ever dreamed of - The memories will always stay in my heart.
Saw lots of giraffes, antelope and other animals SO SPECIAL
Feita em 12 de junho de 2018
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