Kakamega forest is among the few forests in Kenya that are fairly intact. The forest has rich plant and wildlife species in addition to the fabulous peoples culture. The forest is almost the back-bone
Kakamega forest is one of the remnants of the famous Congo forest. The forest has great influence on the climatic condition of Kakamega and its environs. It therefore plays a critical role in shaping the economy of the town.
Last week my friend and I visited the forest for a weekend. Unlike other reserves, one can simply walk through the various nature trails to different destinations in the reserve. The forest is rich with various species of giant buttress tress, climbers, creepers and numerous glades that are separated by think bushes. The wildlife in the area might not be very visible as in savannah habitats. However the diversity of the small wildlife such as insects, primates and birds is just overwhelming to the eyes.
On our way out, we came across different cultural practises. Take for instant, bull fighting-which has become a popular tourist attraction and traditional churches that drum beats the whole day!
As Kenyan continue to ponder with what to do with the Mau forest crisis, a lot
need to be done to ensure that other important catchments areas such as Kakamega forest remains intact.