Victoria Kenya

An authentic Lake Victoria travel destination

Victoria Kenya

Victoria Kenya is an ecotourism destination that uses solar and wind energy and well water to conserve natural resources. Come visit today to have a fantastic time learning about Kenya's culture and going on safari trips and walking trails around Lake Victoria.
What is Ecotourism?

A Little About Us

At Victoria Kenya, the workers are all locals that have grown up in Kisumu or in the Lake Victoria area. All energy is collected from solar fields and wind energy fields and the water come from wells located and connected to the Community Center and out two Greenhouses. Our Greenhouses will store and grow the vegetables, fruits, and herbs that we use in our traditional we serve on our menu.


We have and activities center where you can sign up for guided hikes, safari tours, kayak or canoe trips on Lake Victoria, and trips to down town Kisumu.


Our employees live on sight and tend to the energy fields and Greenhouses. Due to the employees' background and knowledge of Kisumu, or the Lake Victoria area, they also are the tour guides and they can provide answers to any questions you may come across while staying at Victoria Kenya.


On sight, we have 7 "huts" where the guest live during their stay. In each hut, there is enough room for 8 people to stay comfortably; 4 rooms with 2 beds each and a main living area. These huts, however, are not meant to be lived in all day long so it is encouraged that to you get out and about. If you need a break from the sun, you may go to the living and entertainment area in the Community Center for some down time.


Our energy fields can help this area because Africa is a relatively poor continent and the use of energy that is cheaper is the best way to conserve energy and money. Our wells can help as well because Africa tends to lack rain. The well is cheaper than using a water system from the city and it is more authentic to use environmentally friendly things.

ACTIVITIES

We have many activities provided such as:


  • Kayak/Canoe-ing on Lake Victoria
  • Guided Safari tours
  • Trips to downtown Kisumu
  • Hikes in the forests of the mountains of Kenya


To participate, children under the age of 18 must sign a waiver that states the children have permission to go on these trips. You can get a copy of this in the Information House, or you can print it off of this website (click the word "Waiver" below for the printable waiver.)

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CULTURE

In Kisumu, Kenya, the people are known as East Africans. Kenya has many diverse cultures and there is people from each one in Kenya. Kisumu is a port city on Lake Victoria. It is the third largest city in Kenya and is the second most important city on Lake Victoria.


Lake Victoria, also known as Nalubaale, is one of Africa's Great Lakes and it was named after Queen Victoria by a European explorer who was the first to document his finding of the lake. Lake Victoria is Africa's Largest lake and also the world's largest tropical lake by its surface area (68,800 sq km.) It is also the world's second largest freshwater lakes by it's surface area.

ANIMALIA - CAPE BUFFALO

One animal that is native to this area is the Cape Buffalo.


Scientific name: Syncerus caffer


The Cape Buffalo live in swamps and floodplains as well as the forests of major mountains in Africa. They prefer to live in covered areas, but they can also live in open woodland. They need water daily, however. They can live off of tall course grasses. When feeding, the buffalo makes use of its tongue and wide incisor row to eat grass more quickly than most other African herbivores.


The Cape Buffalo is susceptible to diseases like bovine tuberculosis, corridor disease, and foot and mouth disease. They remain dormant as long as the heard of Cape Buffalos remain in good heath. However, these diseases do restrict the legal movements of the animals.


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  • A herd of Cape Buffaloes consist mainly of females and their offsprings.
  • The Cape Buffalo looks like a regular buffalo except they have two long horns at the top of their head. (see picture)
  • Female buffaloes are known for their altruism or "voting behavior." They will sit in the direction they think they should travel during "rest time." The female will get up and switch directions many times before finally deciding which direction they should travel.
  • African Buffaloes make many vocalizations; (1) When communicating that the herd should travel, they emit a low-pitched, two- to four-second calls intermittently at three- to six-second intervals; when moving to drinking places, some individuals make long maaa calls up to 20 times a minute. (2) When being aggressive, they make explosive grunts that may last long or turn into rumbling growl. (3) When grazing, they will make various sounds, such as brief bellows, grunts, honks and croaks.
  • Buffaloes mate and give birth only during the rainy seasons. Newborn calves remain hidden in vegetation for the first few weeks while being nursed occasionally by the mother before joining the main herd. Older calves are held in the centre of the herd for safety.
  • One pro to the Buffalo still existing is that it can serve as a sport or trophy to hunters seeing as one can go up for at least $10,000.
  • One con to the Buffalo still existing is that it is extremely dangerous; it is dangerous enough to be nick-named "The Black Death" or "widow maker."

PROTISTA - MALARIA

One bacteria in the Kenya area is Malaria. This is caused by a single-celled protist "Plasmodium" by the bite of the female Anopheles mosquito. Malaria multiples in the liver and attacks red blood cells. Some symptoms include, but are not limited to, cycles of fever, chills, and sweats. This is deadly due to damage to vital organs and the stop of blood flow to the brain. There is about 1.5-2.5 million deaths annually in sub-Saharan Africa. There is no pro to this disease still existing.

PLANTAE - WATER SNOWFLAKE

One of the more unusual plants that is native to the Lake Victoria area is the Nymphoides Indica, or more commonly known as the Water Snowflake. This is a strictly aquatic plant growing in shallow water of ponds or swamps. The large heart-shaped leaves float on the water surface. White, five-petal flowers are borne on a stalk rising a few centimeters above the water surface (see photo below.) The petals have a unique fringe of hairs. The Water Snowflake is found in tropical and subtropical fresh water around the world. Water-snowflake is a name acquired through the aquarium trade.
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FUNGI - ASCOMYCETES

Scientific Name: Sarcoscypha Coccinea



Ascomycetes is found all around the world on all 7 continents. It is commonly called "mold" when it is observed by the naked eye. It can be found in colors such as red, orange, yellow, brown, black, or, more rarely, green or blue. This fungus can reproduce sexually and asexually since it can produce sexual and asexual spores on it's body. There is a harmful side to this fungus; it is the cause of many plant diseases such as the Dutch Elm Disease and the disease of maize. However, this fungus has been very beneficial to humans. It is used in Penicillin and is also used in Baker's Yeast which is often found in beer, wine, and other liquors.