I thought that it might be fun to give you a bit more insight into our surroundings:

Kakamega is a smallish town in western Kenya of about 75-80,000. It is quite a poor town with a largeish divide between those who are well off and those who have a high level of poverty. Andrew and Lucy estimate that about 50-60% of the people are below the poverty line.

We are staying at Lucy and Andrew’s house which is to the north of kakamega by about 1-1 1/2 miles. There are two main routes that we can travel on to get here from Kakamega – either by the VERY dusty dirt roads or walk through the paths and over the golf course (yes there really is one) into the heart of the town. When cars or motorbikes go along they cause huge dust clouds and the bushes on the edge are red with the dust.

You also notice the huge poverty of the shops/ stalls along the edge of the roads on the way into town. Its only in the centre of town that you get “normal” shops. But even here there are large differences – the supermarket gets people to hand in their bags and their are security guards on every aisle!

Just on the edge of the golf course is the Golf Hotel – which we have found as a great place to unwind and have a Tusker beer (our host Lucy believes that it is made out of Elephant pee!). It is, of course, more western in its feel – it even has real toilets!

Anyway some pictures to have a look at:


2 comments on “Kakamega

  1. Paul Barnard57
    February 20, 2011 at 7:09 pm #

    Great photos Will. and has been good reading about the trip.

    i am really really jealous!

    • Will Cookson
      February 21, 2011 at 5:36 am #

      Hi Paul,
      Glad you are enjoying it. You’ll have to come next time. There is so much need out here and so much that could be done. I am sure we will organise another trip after this one!!

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