This week we feature a guest post, courtesy of the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS).
Kakamega forest is a tiny fragment of tropical rain forest in Western Kenya. It is the easternmost remnant of the Guineo – Congolian rainforest belt that once stretched along the equator across the entire expanse of Africa. Due to this insular status, there is a high level of endemism in both fauna(animals) and flora(plants), which makes it an important biodiversity hot spot in the East African region.
There are 380 recorded species of plants. This includes 60 species of ferns, 150 species of trees and shrubs, and 170 species of flowering plants including 60 species of orchids with 9 species endemic to this forest.
It still resembles the rainforests of Central and West Africa much more than any other forest type in East Africa.
The Forest is famous for its birds, with 367 recorded species, nine of which are endemic.
The forest is home to a variety of Wildlife such as Bush Pig, Duikers, Bushbuck, African Clawless Otter, Mongoose, Giant African Water Shrew, Squirrels, Tree Pangolin, Porcupine, Bats and monkeys.
Insects are abundant and some are quite spectacular, such as Goliath beetles, pink and green Flower Mantis. Particularly well represented groups are ants and beetles. Gastropods, millipedes and spiders are also common.
The park has numerous colorful butterflies (a recorded 489 species).
Access – By Road: Access is through the Buyangu gate, 600 metres from main road. On public transport, visitors alight at Kambiri junction. Local ‘boda boda’ cyclists operate from the junction to park. Watch for signpost after 15 km from Kakamega town.
Accommodation – The forest reserve offers a serene atmosphere for both campers and banda accommodation.
For more information you can visit the KWS website. *All photos in this post are courtesy of KWS.
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