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Lwanda Magere – The Historical Legend

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Lwanda Magere – The Historical Legend – A visit to the lakeshore city of Kisumu won’t be complete without a visit to the plains of Kano.  This excursion will take us to the site where one of the great Luo sons, was laid to rest. Magere was staying in Kano in a clan called Sidho, however, it’s believed that he wasn’t a true Kano native, he was coming from the Kombe clan which was not Luo but “Mwa” in the simplest term a Bantu speaking group.

The mythical story about Magere is that: Long time ago there was a problem with grazing land between the Nandi people and Luo in the plains of Kano. These plains had the most fertile land and the Nandi living on the neighboring hills areas could not find enough grass for their livestock. This led to the two tribes engaging in wars every time over the grazing fields.

During these wars, mostly Luos were killed and their herds were taken away leading them to experience prolonged periods of hardship. One day, Lwanda Magere decided to join the fight and made sure that their cattle grazed on their piece of land. For a much longer time, he killed several prominent Nandi warriors. Both sides were amazed at the power and strength possessed by this gigantic Luo warrior.

According to the facts from the rival tribe, no spears nor metal could enter his body because he was as strong as stone hence the name “Lwanda” in the Luo dialect means Rock. The wars became numerous and every time the proud Lwanda Magere and the Luo tribe emerged victoriously.

On seeing the level of loss that they were subjected to, Nandi decided to look for the secret of his strength. This mission was given to “Rono” who became a friend to Lwanda Magere. They were seen together after each fight to review the episode. Rono would beg Magere to forgive the Nandi and to let them graze, but Magere would not listen to this and he instead continued with the killings. Upon seeing this, the Nandi hatched a plan; they decided to give Magere a Nandi woman to marry. The lady was married as a second wife. The woman was to get to know his power base, which she did and told her people. One day during their common wars, an informed Nandi warrior speared the shadow of this Luo Great warrior. This resulted to the death of Lwanda Magere and a big loss to the Luo community.  

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  • The Lakeside city of Kisumu
  • A visit to the Lwanda Magere
  • Hiking
  • Traditional meal


  • English speaking guide
  • Private Transport
  • Entrance fees
  • Hot traditional lunch
  • Mineral water for the day
  • Additional Services
  • Activities not mentioned here
  • Insurance
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Personal spending money



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Departure in the morning
Breakfast time varies with every individual. However, all accommodation facilities will be serving breakfast from 06 – 10 hours. On request, most of the accommodation facilities would be more willing to serve your breakfast earlier. Generally, Oluokos Signature activities depart from your hotel at 0800 hours thus giving you enough time to enjoy your breakfast.
About lunch and dietary needs
We will try our very best to accommodate all dietary requirements but in some out-of-the-way places, it can be very difficult to guarantee. We will let you know if there are places on your itinerary where this is the case. Please let us know at the time of booking of any food requirements or allergies and we’ll pass the information on to your leader.
This heavily depends on how far and on the conditions of the roads that we shall be undertaking. The fact is that if we’re going to move, there’s a good chance you’ll be riding on a vehicle. We will be sharing with you the final information for the specific type of transportation to be used during your activity. Please remember that we will pick you up from your hotel and transfer you back after the activity.


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