Kitale is known mainly as an agricultural town and the dominant tribe here is Luhya. It is a quiet and serene town, that has lots of hidden tourist attractions.
I try as much as possible to visit museums everywhere I go as it readily and easily introduces one to the culture, history and lifestyle of the people. Indeed, Kitale Museum did not disappoint and had various elements to showcase their culture from clothing, jewellery, instruments among others. It has an animal orphanage in the compound that has a few animals on display like snakes, crocodiles among others . The area also showcases traditional homesteads of the communities in the area.
It also has a very serene nature trail that I highly recommend. This area is all forest, lots and lots of trees, yet, the path has been well hived off. We got to see some monkeys as well as enjoyed the beautiful walk that had us crossing bridges and swinging on trees.
2: Kitale Nature Conservancy:
The conservancy is home to several animals and plans are underway to introduce wild life. It however had a “unique” kind of animals on display, disabled or unique animals at that. I saw a cow with four horns, cows with abnormal breasts as well as bulls with huge genitalia. I heard that they usually rescue these from the original owners to prevent them from being killed. They also had a large heard of cows that had really, really really large horns, I was slightly scared.
They also have a nature trail that I highly, highly recommend. The layout is interesting and we found ourselves navigating above and below bridges as well as enjoying the scenery. They have a play area that in our case, provided great entertainment. We swung on the swings, slid on the slides as well as played peek-a-boo with the facilities. I truly enjoyed my time here.
.I would highly recommend however that the facilities at the play area are “refurbished” as they generally seemed like a hazard waiting to happen. The slides had sharp edges at the end, the merry go round was unstable to say the least among other facilities like the bridges at the nature trail.
The major challenge we faced here was the locals having limited knowledge on available options of places to visit or things to do. We then returned to Eldoret for the night with the next leg of the journey being, heading to Kakamega. For more on these escapades, check out:
Elgeyo Marakwet: http://wangechigitahi.co.ke/scenic-elgeyo-marakwet/