Kakamega Forest

Kakamega Forest

Location: Western Province Map

Area: 230 sq km


Kakamega Forest is a large expanse of untouched biosphere located in a Western Province of Kenya. Kakamega Forest covers an area of 230 sq km. Located in western Kenya, in the basin of Lake Victoria, about 50 km north of the city of Kisumu, near the border with Uganda. According to some reports, these are the last remnants of the ancient Guineo-Congolian rainforests that occupied the entire tropical continent. Part of the forest reserve contains a unique and rich ecosystem of the highlands, but in general it is poorly understood. The average height of the territory is 1,500-1,600 m above sea level.

Average temperatures change little during the year and amount to 20-30 ° C. The climate is humid, the annual rainfall is 1200-1700 mm. The rainy season lasts from April to May and from August to September. The driest months are January and February.

Together with the reserve, the total forest area is about 230 km², a little less than half of which is the primary forest. More than 350 species of trees grow in the forest. There are also numerous clearings and clearings.

Ecological problems
Despite their conservation status, forests continue to be damaged and degraded. This region is one of the most densely populated rural regions in the world, which leads to strong forest exploitation. The local people of Luha use forest resources to satisfy most of their needs. The German project BIOTA East has been working here since 2001, primarily to describe the species living here, as well as to search for a strategy for the rational use of the forest.