City

Kisumu

Lakeside city with rich culture and gateway to Lake Victoria.

Kenya
Location
409,928
Population
1,131 m
Altitude

About Kisumu

Kisumu, Kenya's third-largest city, is nestled on the shores of Lake Victoria, Africa's largest freshwater lake. It's a vibrant urban center known for its rich cultural heritage, bustling markets, and as a pivotal gateway for exploring the lake's attractions. Kisumu offers a unique blend of natural beauty, wildlife, and cultural experiences, includ...

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Seasons

June - September
Best time to go
Perfect weather for outdoor activities and lake exploration.
June - September
December - February
High Season
Dry weather makes it ideal for exploring the city and lake activities.
March - May
Low Season
The rainy season can bring challenges for some activities but offers lush landscapes and fewer crowds.
October - November
Shoulder Season
Short rains with pleasant weather, suitable for visiting without the peak season crowds.

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What to know

Safety & Vaccinations
Kisumu is relatively safe for tourists, with standard precautions recommended. Vaccinations for Hepatitis A, Typhoid, and Yellow Fever, along with malaria prophylaxis, are advised for visitors to Kenya.
For more information regarding vaccinations and health notices, view the CDC’s page :
CDC Travelers' Health
CDC Travel health notices and vaccination recommendations
Getting There
Located in western Kenya, Kisumu is well-connected by road, air, and lake transport, making it easily accessible for domestic and international travelers.
Getting Around
Within Kisumu, local taxis, motorbike taxis (boda-bodas), and matatus (minibuses) provide convenient options for getting around the city and visiting nearby attractions.
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