Kisumu is a port city in western Kenya. It is the third largest city in Kenya , the principal city of western Kenya , the capital of Nyanza Province and the headquarters of Kisumu District. It is the largest city in Nyanza Province and was the second most important city after Kampala in the greater Lake Victoria basin but according to the United Nations it is now recognised as a key city and for that reason was award the title of 'Millenium City' - the first of its kind in the world! This will assist greatly in development and business investment. It is accessible by road, rail, car, bus, water (via Lake Victoria) and air.
Kisumu is a small town with lots to see, you can use the notorious boda boda (bicycle taxi), matatus (minivan-bus), bus,or you can rent a car.
Lake Victoria - fishing is popular here.
Kisumu has a crafts market (Masai market) along Nairobi road, which is smaller than what is found in Nairobi but also less expensive.
More crafts and curio stalls can be found in the Nakumatt City mall lobby.
You can buy African print cloths (kitenge, lesso, ankara etc) in town, outside Jubilee veggie market and in the main town market
Kisumu has a suprising variety of restaurants for its small size
Dr. Mbuzi near New Highway for roast goat/chicken and beer
Fish near lake Victoria
Buddy's (brick oven pizza) in Tusky's mall
Cafe Ole in Tusky's mall
KnK coffee shop
Mashua on Oginga Odinga Rd
Duke of Breeze Rooftop Bar
Mon Ami in Nakumatt Mega City
Bootleggers in Nakumatt Mega City
Habesha restaurant near Russia (Nyanza hospital)
Gopala (fast food) opposite Swan center
Haandi in Nakumatt Mega Plaza
Laughing Buddha in Swan Center
Aside from the town centre there are a number of places to eat and drink in the evenings in the Kondele region on both Kibos Road and Jomo Kenyatta Highway with guest houses close by to sleep in too.
Kisumu has a number of guest houses, hotels, motels, hostels, all dependent on your needs and budget. It is common for hotels and bed and breakfast accommodation to be called a guest house in Kisumu Kenya. They are the most common and best value places to stay - hotels seem to ramp up their prices just because they are a hotel - beware.
Kisumu Guest House a 5 minute walk from town center. Price: around $18. House converted to a lovely guest house hotel in Kisumu that offers en-suite facilities with a communal lounge with digital TV and a communal kitchen, a free to use computer with free access to the Internet. Free daily breakfast too. Small garden front and back with free parking. Secure double-gated area with guards on a quiet residential estate.
Kisumu Hotel is in the heart of the city, mountain view resorts are in the suburbs.
Imperial Hotel - Kisumu, . is situated in the heart of Africa and on the shores of the world's second largest fresh water lake - Lake Victoria. The hotel has a reputation of upholding traditional hospitality values despite the changing times.
London Guest House is within main town Kisumu and is considered to be easily the best value accommodation at $7 in the city. Mosquito nets are provided and a lovely outdoor area and surrounding yard with tables and places to sit and chat. They also provide breakfast.
Mountain View Resorts, . Is situated in the Mamboleo suburbs of Kisumu City and offers semi affordable, decent and rather pleasant accommodation. 10 minutes drive from the City Center, bus terminus and Airport.
Sooper Guest House, Odinga Odinga Rd. Cheap, but very clean, hot water, mosquito nets, a beautiful roof top terrace.