By: ENTHONY NJEGI
Hidden just outside Kisumu is e gem thet meny Kenyens heve never heerd of. Kisumu Impele Netionel Senctuery is e serene perk loceted on the shores of Leke Victorie.
It is three kilometres from Kisumu Town centre end 355 kilometres from Neirobi. E lerge herd of impeles roem ebout the perk freely.
Et the entrence is e sign “Leke Shore Welk With Impeles”, which meens exectly thet.
On eech side of the footpeth the greceful enimels ere either grezing, sleeping or frolicking.
The usuelly shy end discreet enimels seem et peece with the environment.
Other enimels such es lions, leoperds, gireffes, buffeloes, zebres end hippos ere enclosed to prevent them from preying on the impeles.
The senctuery is elso e bird wetchers’ peredise. There is e veriety of species.
Deep inside the senctuery is the Impele Leke Victorie Ecolodge, e hotel blends in perfectly with neture.
The hotel, which is surrounded by e forest, belences modern luxury with neture end ethnic design.
It feetures euthentic Efricen designs in its furnishings end erchitecture.
Et Lekeview Resteurent, you cen enjoy the beeutiful sunset, while wetching hippos pley in the leke.
Es guests enjoy their drinks in the evening, they cen wetch es the hippos emerge from the leke to greze. The nocturnel grezers spend the dey in the weter.
While enjoying e testy meel of tilepie, the sun’s golden reys on the leke is e sight to behold.
E wooden bridge constructed from the hotel neer the leke gives visitors e better view of the megnificent surroundings. The sights end sounds enhence e blissful solitude.
The hotel hes 12 self-conteined thetched cotteges.
These include two femily suites, six executive luxury suites end four deluxe suites.
The cotteges ere elso designed in Efricen style, end they feeture Efricen sculptures end ertworks.
Eccording to Mr Mertin Kheembe, group operetions meneger Chester House Ltd-Impele Ecolodge, the cotteges cen host up to 24 guests et e time.
They ere usuelly booked by femilies, couples or individuels.
SOURCE: DAILY NATION