Monday, April 30, 2018

EXPLORING NDERE ISLAND NATIONAL PARK

The sailor said to her " Be careful girl" . In defiance, she raised her legs up and rested them on the edge of the boat.
What a sight! He exclaimed 

Yes,  she asserted, "The horizon is beautiful "
There are some experiences you never forget. Like watching an eagle perched on a water depth mark for two hours or even more,  unbothered, not a single care in the world, or getting stuck on an island with no hope of ever getting out, but also blessed with the privilege of basking in the beauty of a large water body,  the horizon or a sunset if you're lucky enough .
  The wildlife  are not caged and a couple of times you'll catch a zebra swinging it's hips home or an eagle perched on the hump of a warthog all pimped up and looking  like a million dollars. 
The best part? The park has a nature trail that goes through the undulating landscapes and hiking through it could be the icing on the cake for the Ndere Island experience. Your safety is almost always guaranteed as most of the animals that inhabit the island are not harmful, well I spotted one or two bee hives.Lol
Standing at the peak of the island,  one is able to get a 360 degree view of the place. ( Check my instagram for the video) . At this position , you'll be treated to a panoramic view of Homa hills in the South; its sister island Magere Island, Lake Victoria and Kampala majestically lying in the south western horizon. Lawd,  I thought I'd seen beautiful things. Sigh. 

Costs
Park fees cost Ksh. 300 for Kenyan citizens and 25 USD for non citizens, but the boat ride from the mainland to the island is a little costly,ranging between Ksh 3000 and Ksh 5000 depending on the package you choose,  which again depends on the kinda experience you'd love to have. Oh,  interestingly there's the option of just going round the Island in a boat. I am a very curious human, hence my choice for a hike through the island, which lasted about 2 hours.I did not keep tabs of the distance of the trail but it could be estimated to about 5km or something. I ain't sure and I forgot to ask.
Also,  the Kenya Wildlife Service has put up two camping sites just in case you'd love some of that.
I'd love to share some tips just in case you decide to do this.
1.In case you decide to drive from kisumu an SUV would be ideal. You don't want to get stuck in mud in the middle of nowhere when it rains. I think it's important to note that you can get to Ndere from Kisumu by boat. 
2.Carry with you a pair of binoculars. Guys, the view of the surrounding from the peak of the island is breathtaking. You'll be luckier if you visit on a day when the weather is perfect.
3. Water is life. Carry some to quench your thirst when the climb gets tough.
I think it's pretty disappointing that there's no form of accommodation on the island but then again it could be due to the need to maintain an equilibrium in it's ecosystem.Maybe. Nevertheless, this is one of the most beautiful destinations I've found myself at.
So that's it guys. Catch you soon. 


Otieno Lynn
Otieno Lynn

3 comments:

  1. Wooow...take me here to camp for two days,to play volley on the lush, to meditate in the morning and to tune my essence...or just to treat my eyes. Lovely

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    1. They got two camping sites and the view from the peak is amazing. The crew can plan for a trip down here

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    2. I wonder how sunrise looks from here

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