Ruma national park is one of Kenya’s most beautiful places to encounter nature, the park is endowed with wild and over 400 species of birds it’s a terrestrial national park situated in Nyanza province in Lambwe valley.it’s also a Sanctuary for the endangered Roan antelope
Ruma national park covers an area of 120 kilometers squared of mosaic landscape, golden grasslands, acacia, magnificent cliffs, balanitistrees and riverine woodlands the park was mainly established to protect Kenya’s only Roan antelopes
Ruma national park is bordered by the Kanyamwa escarpment to the South East, Ruhi hills in the North, South West of Home bay
Ruma valley national park was first established as Lambwe valley reserve in 1966, it was later renamed as Ruma as requested by the locals, Ruma was one of Kenya’s most powerful wizard, the much feared god Gor Mahia who lived around the park.
The park is surrounded by small scale cultivation and pasture grasslands, positionedten Kilometers to the shores of Africa’s largest inland lake with black cotton clay soils
Activities at Ruma national park
Ruma national park boats with a number of wildlife apart from the endangered Roan antelopes, other animals are: black rhinos, giraffes, rothchilds, Oribis, impalas, cape buffalos, lewels hartebeest, vervet monkeys, bush pigs, burchells zebra, honey badgers, topi, hyenas, Jackson hartebeest, olive baboons, bohor reedbucks and many others
Ruma national park is birding destinations for birds enthuasts over 400 species have been recorded examples are blue swallow,
Tourists can enjoy camping at park in one of the camping sites private or public. The Nyati campsite is a special campsite while he public campsites is fig tree campsite this have camping facilities that will suit your stay at the park.
Tourists can enjoying packed lunch at an historical site known as Korlango, this site used to be an escape site by the kalenjin during colonial time when fighting for freedom. They used to be brought to the Lambwe valley to die due to resistance of colonial rule. Twiga picnic site is also another magnificent site in the middle of the park where you can dine with striking view of game.
Best time to visit.
The park can be visited all year round but he best time from June to October and January to February
How to get there
Its located 425 kilometers west of Nairobi, 42 kilometers from Home bay and 140 kilometers from Kisumu town. The park can be accessed by fly fax flights to Home bay. The parks entrance is 42 kilometers from Home bay the parks gate are Kamato and nyatoto
Where to stay
Tourists can stay in Oribis guest house which is within the park. Other places near the park are Karibuni cottage, hotel hippo buck, rusinga island lodge, bimoss hotel, tausi hotel, Lake Victoria safari lodge among the rest.