Kisumu city is a quiet port town on the shores of Lake Victoria with wide streets and fine colonial architecture. It is the sixth-largest urban area in Kenya. The city is the headquarters of the Lake Region Economic Bloc, which is a conglomeration of 14 counties in Western Kenya. In 2006, the UN-Habitat designated Kisumu City as the first UN “Millennium City” in the world. It is the largest and principal city of Western Kenya, and the most important inland port in the Lake Victoria circuit. Kisumu is not far from K’Ogelo, a village known for being the hometown of Barack Obama Sr the father to the 44th president of the United States.
Located at the epicentre of Central and East Africa, Kisumu is an important link in the trade route between Lake Victoria and Mombasa because of its water and rail connections. It is also the chief terminus for the agricultural produce of Nyanza and Western provinces.
The best way to appreciate the beauty of this region is on the lake itself. The sun shines brightly, and gentle breezes rise from the water. In trees along the shore, Fish Eagles call to each other with long haunting cries. Sunsets turn the water to gold, as the local fisherman in their canoes pull in their nets and slowly turn for home.