One of the most visited towns in Kenya is Bungoma. It is located at the eastern end of Lake Nakuru. The primary attraction of Bungoma is the massive and scenic volcano; which dominates the town for half a mile around. Other major attractions include the crater-like geysers that shoot out from the volcano and the tall grass surrounding the crater, which is like an artificial lawn.
The beautiful town of Nairobi, where bungoma is situated was named after an American President, Theodore Roosevelt. The first settlers of the town were Bushmen from central Africa, who later on settled at Bungoma. President Obama had recently honoured them as the “caravan people of Africa” in a speech in Kenya. This honour has given the area a new identity and now tourists travelling to Kenya can experience the culture and hospitality of these Bushmen.
The town of Bungoma lies in close proximity to the Volcanoes National Park. Here you can experience the exciting adventure of white water rafting or river rafting. You can also do some hot air ballooning over the volcanic landscape. There are many interesting wildlife sanctuaries in and around the parks; where you can see many of the amazing animals in the country such as the red-tailed vultures, white tip monkeys, and African Bush elephants. A major highlight of your trip to Bungoma will be the opportunity to visit the famous and world renowned kakamega workshop, which was established in 1874 by a trader by the name of Nauma Kakamega.
Today, the ancient school still stands and is open to visitors. During your visit you can witness the craftsmanship of the traditional farmers who grow the passion fruit trees. Most tourists visit Bungoma during the maize harvest season, as this is the season when the trees are in their best shape. In fact, most of the local farmers do not harvest crops during this time as they are focused on ensuring that their communities do not experience extreme poverty during the maize harvest season. However, it is important to note that the mangoes themselves are cultivated throughout the year, and therefore you will be able to enjoy some delicious tasting mangoes while you are in Bungoma.
When you visit the village of Mosere, you will notice that the people of the village do not have any way to access the land around their houses. Their wives and families grow the maize by hand and then use it to make kiva lusca, which is used to weave baskets. Because these women have no means of accessing the land, they depend on their cattle and livestock for their daily survival. One of the most common products produced by the women of Mosere is called moses. When we enter the market for moses we are looking at black backed goats that are tied to the horns with a rope.
This is one of the most popular products on sale in the market in Mosere; it can fetch a significant price depending on how old the goat is. The price of one goat can already feed several people for an entire day. To ensure that you have a sustainable day out while you are in town, we recommend that you gather enough compost to make around 100 litres. Once you have collected enough compost from the area, it is important to put it into a sealed plastic bag and take it to your local bio-lodge. This will ensure that you do not pollute the environment when you are in the town of Bungoma while you are collecting organic food for your trip to Bungoma.