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Kakamega Forest Reserve

The Kakamega Forest Reserve is a superb slab of virgin tropical rainforest in the heart of an intensively cultivated agricultural area. It is home to a huge variety of birds and animals and is well worth the minimal effort required to get to it. The Forest Department maintains a beautiful four-room rest house in the south of the reserve at Isecheno, as well as a large nursery for propagating trees and shrubs used for ceremonial occasions around the country and for planting in the area. The workers are very friendly and it is no problem to get shown around. In the northern part of the reserve at Buyangu, the Kenya Wildlife Services maintain a campsite and bands. For the visitor the choice is which area to visit, the northern Buyangu area is the more easily accessible by public transport and only involves a walk of two km, to Isecheno you may have to walk a lot further. The forest itself comprises a number of habitats, but is generally very dense and is the home of a number of primate species, such as the red-tailed monkey, black and white colobus monkey and the blue monkey. More than 300 species of birds have been recorded.