Ruma National Park

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Ruma National Park is the only Terestial Park in the entire Nyanza Province. It was initially established as the Lambwe Valley Game Reserve in 1966 to protect its indigenous population of rare roan antelopes which exist nowhere else in Kenya. In 1983 it was gazetted as a National Park. Namely Ruma N. Park

It was renamed “Ruma” upon request of the local community. The area had been so named by one of Kenya’s most powerful wizard, the much feared Gor Mahia who lived around the park. The park is largely of black cotton soil with surrounding area settled with a mix of small scale cultivation and grassy pasture land.

Location:The Park lies in Western Kenya close to the shores of Africa’s largest inland lake, Lake Victoria. It is situated in Lambwe Valley in South Nyanza, 140 km from Kisumu, 10 km east of Lake Victoria and South West of Homa Bay and 425 km west of Nairobi.

It lies on the flat floor of the Lambwe Valley, bordered by the kanyamwa escarpment to the south east, Gwassi Hills, Sumba hill and ruri hills to the north.

The Park covers an area of 120 square kilometers.

ACCESS: Main access is from Kisumu via Homa Bay – 140 km, via Kisii – 65 km. The main gate is 42 km from Homa Bay take Main C – 20 tarmac road in the direction of Rongo. After 10 km branch off to the right at Rodi kopany and proceed 20 km to Mirogi. At Morogi follow the signs to the Park a distance of 12 km on a Murrum road from Mirogi. OR 24 km from
Homa Bay take main C – 20 tarmac road in the direction of Rongo. After 2 km branch off to the right at Mbita – Homa Bay Road junction. After 11km branch left at the park signage taking road D213 to Kamato Gate.
From Kisii via Rongo to Rodi kopany branching off to the left.
One can also access the Park from Kisumu via Lwanda K’otieno from Lwanda K’otieno take ferry to Mbita then drive 20 km to Nyatoto Gate.