Kisumu Impala Sanctuary
Kisumu Impala Sanctuary
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Barbara S
Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar39 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
The conditions in which the animals are held, apart from the Impalas and the Zebras who were running free, are unacceptable and sad. The spaces for caged animals like leopard, lyons and other animals are far too small, the infrastructure (paths, fences, no resting places or broken, etc.) is poor and there is rubbish everywhere on the lake front. The quality of service delivered compared to the fee rate for foreigners is not justifiable. More should be done to create liveable conditions for the animals and a real experience for the visitors.
Written 3 February 2020
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Carl Friesen
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019
This little gem is tucked into a corner of the city, right beside Lake Victoria. A quick boda-boda takes you from the middle of town. Perhaps surprisingly, you'll need your passport. That's because the prices they charge foreigners are literally ten times what the locals pay. But that's just to help support the Sanctuary. If you're visiting there, you can afford it. It's a well-run place, operated by the Kenyan Wildlife Service. I went with a Kenyan friend, and she had the idea of requesting a guide, which was a really good move. He was knowledgeable and took us around to the parts of the enclosures where the animals are most likely to be found. He explained that all of the animals are rescues, including their leopard. None of them would have survived on their own as orphans. We took a boat ride after the Sanctuary tour, and saw the hippos. Lunch (fish, and ugali, of course!) at a lakeside restaurant afterwards.
Written 6 April 2020
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Natasha P
Vancouver Island, Canada14 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2024 • Family
We decided to go to the impala sanctuary thinking that it was mostly an impala sanctuary with some wildlife rescue as a minor part of what they do. It turned out that the animals that are rescued, are not rehabilitated and returned to the wild, but kept at the sanctuary. Most of what you see are these animals in a zoo-like setting. We didn’t see any impalas because they really do roam and stay in the forested area of the sanctuary. Was quite expensive and we were surprised by how many caged animals there were. The views of the lake were pretty, the grounds were very nice and our tour guide was very good. But we did leave feeling very uneasy and surprised because it wasn’t really as advertised and we are not people that would generally go to a zoo.
Written 7 July 2024
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Paddy
5 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
There is a big sign telling people not to throw their rubbish on the ground but they do you name it we saw it trodden into the dirt. The place is falling apart and needs some serious work. For a Kenyan entry is 215kes for non Kenyans for a couple like us it was 6500kes. Come on again if you want to attract foreign tourists you need to invest and not just take the money. Some bins for litter at least. And litter strewn all around could be picked up. Not good value at all
Written 9 July 2023
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JKCrowley
Phelan, CA226 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Couples
The Impala sanctuary was a wonderful place to visit. We were able to see monkeys and ostriches, zebras and Impala, a leopard and Simba the lion. The favorite was Ben the water buffalo He is a friend to all. What a wonderful time we had strolling through the park seeing the animals and learning about them.
Written 29 November 2022
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UltimateWarriorOslo
Oslo, Norway15 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2016 • Family
We went there with our kid who is 11 years old, and a family member from Kenya. First of all you need to bring a passport along so the park attendance can see if you are going to pay 250 KES (Kenyan citizen) or you are going to pay 2250 KES per.person (foreign visitor). We just laughed and turned back. It's insane that we are going to be paying ten times the price for us, compared to a local! A bit more? Yes it wouldn't be a problem, but almost ten times? No, not for us. You choose!
Written 21 November 2016
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Charles S
Nairobi59 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2016 • Friends
Kisumu city is a city of its own standards. It is growing very first and soon it is taking over as the best destination in Kenya. When you visit it don't forget to tour the Kisumu Impala Sanctuary. It will give you a sense of belonging.
Written 24 March 2016
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Remco En Joanne K
Nieuwkoop, The Netherlands19 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2016 • Family
Sweet small park with all kind of animals. The price for residents is acceptable. The price for non residents too high 25 dollar.
Written 25 February 2016
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Jennie1980_13
New York City, NY10 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2013 • Couples
We were looking for a place to stay in Kisumu and considered this place, but we did not book it because it was seriously overpriced when we called to enquire about booking. While we were in Kisumu we were very curious to know what was so special about the place to justify such high prices so we decided to visit and have lunch there. We arrived at the gate and we were charged 20 dollars entry fee...even though we told the guards that we only wanted to have lunch in the lodge and not to spend the day in the sanctuary. They still insisted that we pay the sanctuary entry fee so we did. We arrived at the lodge to find buffet lunch was being served but the food did not look great and it was very overpriced. The pool was tiny and filthy. I thought there must be another pool but I was informed that is the only one. The staff were not friendly and they were even pushy. We asked for information about a lake boat ride and we were shocked by the price they were asking...about 150 dollars for a quick boat ride to the closest island. We only asked for information about the boats and one of the staff came after 5 mins saying OK you boat is here now. And we said "we didn't book any boats, we only asked for information". He was almost insisting we take the overpriced boat ride. In the end we didn't even order lunch, we just had two juices (also very overpriced) and we walked around the sanctuary for about 1 hour. The animal compounds are very small and, in fact, the animals looked miserable. We left quite promptly feeling very relieved that we had not booked to stay at this place. We had a great stay close by in a much more reasonably priced lodge which also had a better lakeside location. During our quick visit to Impala lodge we were so disappointed that we just had to review it because I feel sorry for tourists we pay all that money for such a disappointing experience when they could get so much more for their money in the same area....
Written 28 December 2013
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USA142
Seattle, WA6 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2013 • Friends
The entry fee is $15 . even for seniors. Locals pay .$2 An ok place to spend a few hours. Unfortunately they still have a long way to go to improve the exhibits. Not like zoos we have visited in the states . A bit of a disappointment. on Lake Victoria and the water hyacinths have overtaken all the shoreline . No hippos in sight.
The Hotel on this property is worth the walk.
Written 8 January 2013
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