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The Obama’s and Yala Swamp

Yala Swamp, Kenya
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10 Hours


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The Obama’s and Yala Swamp – Depart Kisumu early in the morning for Alego Kogelo is the ancestral home of Barack Obama, Senior the father of the former United States President-elect Barack Obama. Barack Obama Senior was buried in the village.

Some of their family members, including his paternal grandmother Sarah Anyango Obama, passed last year and was also buried in the village. In the homestead, you will find both the gravesites of Barack Obama Senior and his father.

From the Obama’s we will continue with our journey to Yala Swamp. This is one of Kenya’s most important wetlands and therefore a natural
resource for wetland ecotourism. It is Kenya’s third-largest wetland covering over 200 sq. kilometers of land in both Yala and Busia Counties of Kenya.
Both River Nzoia and River Yala empty their waters into Lake Victoria at Swamp. The swamp is an Important Bird Area according to the
classification by BirdLife International and is also home to the endangered semi-aquatic antelope animal by the name Sitatunga. However, this fragile ecosystem is under heavy threat from anthropogenic activities such as land conversions to agricultural farms, industries, and human settlements, among others Lake Kanyaboli within Yala Swamp Lake Kanyaboli on the other hand is a unique geographical feature and tourist attraction within the greater Yala Swamp Complex. It is an ox-bow lake about six meters deep. The Lake is home to rare species of fish that some of which are extinct in the
main Lake Victoria.

From the swamp, we will proceed to Lake Victoria beaches where River Yala empties its waters from the swamp. The lake waters here are stunning and with the empty tropical beaches on the shores of the world’s second-largest freshwater body. We will have our late lunch by the lakeside and then drive back to Kisumu late in the afternoon where our excursion ends.

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  • The Lakeside city of Kisumu
  • The Obama's home
  • Bird watching in Yala Swamp
  • Luo Culture
  • Traditional meal


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



Activity's Location

Yala Swamp, Kenya


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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