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Ramogi Hills

Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Mausoleum, Bondo, Kenya
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Duration

10 Hours

Cancellation

No Cancellation

Group Size

Unlimited

Languages

English

Overview

Ramogi Hills – Ramogi means the father of the Luo tribe. He said it is also a title given to a leader of the community. The hill is of great significance to Luo because it is believed to be the first point where the community settled in Kenya from South Sudan, before dispersing to other parts of Nyanza and neighboring Tanzania. The Ramogi Hill is a unifying factor for all the Luo since their ancestors first settled there on their way from South Sudan through Uganda.

This excursion allows you to take a sneak peek into Luo history and culture, and for this very reason, Ramogi Hill is definitely the place worth your time. This is a place where you will not only learn more about the history and culture of Luo but also have an adventure as you enjoy the inviting ecosystem.

The secluded hilly terrain, is a combination, of a dense forest, and an expansive Yala Swamp on its foot. An easy walk to the top of Ramogi Hills, rewards any visitor with a good view of the vast Yala Swamp below, with its waters that snake through the swamp as it gets filtered eventually before draining into Lake Victoria.

From the heights of the Ramogi Hills, one can easily mistake the swamp for uncultivated land because of the lovely greenery covering it.

For nature lovers, Ramogi Hills has some abundant species of butterflies, birds, and reptiles as well as a wide variety of trees and flowers, some of which are endangered species.

Apart from the rich flora and fauna, the forest is associated with a number of myths. For instance, that one can meet Ramogi, the ancestor of Luo. While accessing the forest one has to pluck tree figs and put them into earthen pots surrounding the Rapogi Stone, located at the entry to Ramogi Hill.

The Rapogi Stone is a huge pike of rock that Ramogi is said to have used as an altar. Legend has it that Ramogi frequently prayed next to the stone to appease the gods to bless the area with rain in times of drought. On the higher grounds, one will not fail to see the vague outline of a house. It is believed this was Ramogi’s home, known as Gunda in Luo.

Another interesting landmark that must not be missed is the Kar-Dhiang. It is characterized by rocks that resemble the shapes of a cow and a calf. It is believed this is where Ramogi grazed his animals.

A big fig tree is located right in the middle of Ramogi Hill. The local residents believe the tree swallowed a number of axes and machetes of those who attempted to cut it down. Lastly, while on the hill, it’s important to remember that you are standing only a few meters away from the equator line that runs across on its northern foot.

From the hill, we will drive back to the shoreline of Lake Victoria for some mouth-watering local cuisine before embarking on our journey back to Kisumu

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • A visit to the museum
  • Jaramogi's home
  • Luo Culture
  • Traditional meal

Included/Excluded

  • English speaking guide
  • Private Transport
  • A visit to the Jaramogi's Mausoleum home
  • Hot traditional lunch
  • Mineral water for the day
  • Additional Services
  • Activities not mentioned here
  • Insurance
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Personal spending money

Languages

English

Activity's Location

Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Mausoleum, Bondo, Kenya

FAQs

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.
Transportation
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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