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Treasures of Africa Museum

Treasures of Africa Museum is an important museum of Kenya which houses the personal collection of Mr. Wilson. Wilson was an erstwhile colonial officer from Uganda who indeed had a distinct character.

Highlights: The artefacts and the collection of the Treasures of Africa Museum is largely based on the experiences of Wilson with the people of Karamojong of northern Uganda. This small museum illustrates the theory that even during the ice age universal worldwide agricultural culture existed.

Location: The Treasures of Africa Museum is located in Kitale in Kenya.

Timings: The Treasures of Africa Museum remains open from Monday to Saturday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. On Sunday, the museum stays shut.

Price: Entry to the museum requires an admission fee of KSH 500.

Saiwa Swamp National Park

Saiwa Swamp National Park is the smallest national park of Kenya. Spread over an area of 3 square km, the park was created as a habitat for the Sitatunga which is a rare aquatic antelope. You can find a number of trees in the national park.

Highlights: The Saiwa Swamp National Park is a veritable haven for all the nature lovers. It is a forested paradise that is lined with exotic trees, flowers and birds. The park is also a natural habitat for the rare and endangered Sitatunga antelope and the rare De Brazza’s monkey.

Location: Saiwa Swamp National Park is located near Kitale in the Rift Valley Province. It lies 22 km from the town.

Timings: The Saiwa Swamp National Park is open from 8 in the morning to 5 in the evening.

Price: For citizens of Kenya Adults: KSH 350 Child: KSH 200 For residents of Kenya Adults: KSH 600 Child: KSH 350 For non residents of Kenya Adult: USD 25 Child: USD 15

Kitale Museum

Kitale Museum is the first domestic museum that was opened in Kenya. It was opened for the general public in the year 1924.

Highlights: Kitale Museum was initially known as the Stoneham Museum that was christened after the Colonel Hugh Stoneham who was a major collector and contributor of the artefacts that were held within the Museum until his death that occurred in the year 1966. Only in the year 1974, when the museum was established by the National museums of Kenya it was renamed as Kitale Museum.

Location: The Kitale Museum is located on Kwanza - Kapenguria Rd, Kitale, Kenya

Timings: You can make a visit to the Kitale Museum on Monday to Friday from 8 in the morning to 6 in the evening. On Saturday and Sunday, the museum stays shut.

Price: For adults, the admission fee is KSH 500 while for the children the entry fee is KSH 250.

Kitale Nature Conservancy

Kitale Nature Conservancy looks more like a place that which has been designed by the Frankenstein after he converted to Christianity and dropped acid.

Highlights: Kitale Nature Conservancy is an incredible place that is great for play parks and picnics. Some of the significant activities here include bird watching and spotting of the butterfly. This conservancy is a part of the Cherangani hills ecosystem and the Mt Elgon. The woodlands and the grasslands used to be the home of the vast variety of wildlife that has been wiped out due to hunting. This effort now reveals a variety of Rothschild giraffes, Sitatunga, Kongoni, Reed Buck, Black Rhino, Bongo and elephants.

Location: The Kitale Nature Conservancy is located at A1 Hwy Kitale in Kenya.

Timings: The Kitale Nature Conservancy can be visited during 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM.

Price: The admission fee of the Kitale Nature Conservancy is US $ 10.

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  • Q. Travel Advice

    ·         Whenever you go to a new destination or place, you must acquire sufficient information about it in advance. This will prevent anyone from misleading you.

    ·         Do not sit in a cab that does not have a metered or prepaid system. In case you do sit in a vehicle without the prepaid system, make sure that you negotiate the fare before traveling.

    ·         In case you suffer from any type of health condition, make sure you carry with you all the necessary medications.

    ·         Do not indulge in any form of fights or brawls with the locals.

    ·         Keep away from the touts.

    ·         Do not disrespect the locals.

    ·         Do not pass racist comments on anyone.

    ·         Carry with you a strong mosquito repellant as it may be needed by you.

    ·         Drink only bottled mineral water.

    ·         Do not buy a water bottle that does not have its seal intact.

    ·         Make sure you buy a water bottle from a brand that you recognize.

    ·         Check the bills before paying both in hotels and restaurants.

    ·         Keep a check on the safety gear and harness before you indulge in an adventure activity or sport.

    ·         Do not leave your cash or valuables in the hotel room.

    ·         Do not flaunt excess cash. 

  • Q. Drinking Law

    The legal age for drinking in Kitale is 18 years. 

  • Q. Our Recommendations: What you can’t afford to miss?

    Kitale Museum

    Touted to be one of the first inland museums to come up in Kenya, the museum was initially popular by the name ‘Stoneham Museum’. The museum draws its existence from an amateur naturalist, whose collection of insects, animals and books became the foundation for this museum. On a tour of the Kitale museum, one would come across ethnographical materials which have now been added to the original collections by the locals. The location of the museum and the structure itself is a sight of natural abundance and bounty, among other places to see in Kitale. Today, the educational department of this museum, organises several programmes and courses for educational institutes across Kitale. Many excursion programs are organised in the museum for knowledge purposes of the tourists. For families who come here with kids, a visit to this must is the most important thing to do here.

    Saiwa Swamp national park

    If you are looking for tourist places in Kitale where you can explore a bounty of nature, then the Saiwa Swamo national park is a must visit place for you. This park has been developed and conserved in a state of the art manner, which brings out the plethora of natural beauty of the park. This park is dominated by bulrushes and aquatic plants. The Saiwa River brings its waters in the park and feeds more beauty to the park. A combination of forests and swamp vegetation is to be looked out for, while you are within the park. Botanical safaris are organised from time to time and makes up for an excellent weekend getaway. If you are looking for a place, simply to go on a walk for, then this park can offer you the best shaded paths for a dawn walk. 

    Treasures of Africa Museum

    This museum is a privately maintained museum. The personal collections of former colonial officer, Mr Wilson, have been put up for display at the museum. The collections are mainly centred around experiences of Karamojong people, belonging to Northern Uganda. Mr Wilson’s exhibits are also depictive of the idea and theory of a universal and worldwide agricultural culture that existed, back in the ice age. If you are keenly interested in history, then this is perfectly your kind of place. Get a bird eye’s view of the culture depths of Kenya at this museum. 

    Kitale nature conservancy

    One can reach the conservancy quite easily as it lies very close to the main road. Impacting the tourists with nature’s bounty, right from the moment you enter the place, you will get a feel of nature’s beauty of this place. The conservancy accommodates a bar, restaurant and relaxation area. Nature’s trails lead to captivating views and sights around the park. There is a small pond, where you can go on a boating trip. You can get views of exotic birds that swamp the skies around this place. Camping is also one of the activities that you can do with friends. This is the perfect getaway for children and family groups

  • Q. What you will like there?

    Visit to the Iroko Boulevard museum

    What do you like to see when you visit a hotel? You want a nice décor, good hygiene, food and a relaxing state of amenities. Well, you get it all at the Iroko Boulevard. It has got the perfect glamour to impress you in the first go itself. For a place like Kitale, this hotel comes as an unexpected respite for a tourist place. Some of the catchy delights of this hotel include reasonable food items, an old Morris brand car that hangs from the ceiling, and an excellent ambience. Believe it or not, this is the most popular place you will come across in town for dining. Typical African décor gives a contemporary look to the hotel. There is a café on the terrace, excellent for sightseeing opportunities. You can get a view of the great mountain range Mt. Elgon from a distance at the terrace. Any one who wishes to indulge in some luxury and fine living, this can be a great choice of stay. Of course, you’ll come across several other guesthouses, resorts and hotels, but none will beat this one.

    Visit to the town hall in Kitale

    Touted as an important landmark in Kitale, the town hall attracts a large number of tourists to its precincts. People come here to see the glamorous town hall structure. This is perfect for spending a day of your holidays in Kitale. You can join the horde of people bustling around the streets to get shopping and get some memorable pics clicked. The town hall holds a symbolic relevance for the town of Kitale. 

    Visit to
    the Forest in Mount Elgon national park

    If you are an avid nature explorer, then the Mount Elgon National park can offer you a bounty of enticing views from the sloping ranges of the mountains. The Kitum cave is also quite popular over here. Form this point, you can get a nice view of the entire forest. One of the unique things about the trees in these forests are lichen covered branches, which resembles and old man’s beard. Even Mount Bamboo is visible from this point on, at a close distance of 3000m. 

    Walk the trails of Mount Elgon national park

    Among other things to do in the Mount Elgon National park, you will be delighted to treat yourself to the nature’s bounty. If you are in for some adventure, then you will discover that the Mount Elgon national park will give you ample opportunities to engage in some nice activities. There are many trails that have been constructed by the locals within the park. If you wish, you can get the help of a guide inside the park, to walk you across these trails. Although there is plenty of greenery within the park, it is difficult to see many animals. Some of the easily seen animals within the park are monkeys and buffaloes. Another adventure activity that you can engage in, is mountain climbing. All in all, this place is perfect to spend a day, exploring the park and letting your adventurous instincts take over

  • Q. Recommended reads for destination (govt. websites, travel forum articles)?

    Website: Official Website


    Forum: Official Forum