Lake Kanyaboli National Reserve

Located near the vast Yala Swamp, this reserve is home to papyrus specialist birds such as the Papyrus gonolek, Papyrus canary, Caruthers cisticola and the globally endangered Papyrus yellow Warbler. These species are endemic to the basin and depend entirely on the habitat for survival. The lake has a number of beaches ideal for picnics and the Ramogi hill located in the swamp is a Luo cultural and archaeological site

Protected Area Type

Park Size

41.42 sq. Km
  • Game viewing

Attractions

  • Birds

L. Kanyaboli and its immediate surroundings host a remarkable site of papyrus specialist birds that are endemic to the basin and depend entirely on the habitat for survival. The areas dominated by rich bird life are;

  • Kombo area
  • Gangu area next to Gangu shrines
  • The open plane near Rapudo River.
  • The woodland adjacent to the swamp towards Hawinga
  • Rice fields in the Dominion farm are habitats for migratory birds

The swamp has now been considered as a hotspot for endemic birds like the Papyrus gonolek, Papyrus canary, Caruthers cisticola and the globally endangered Papyrus yellow Warbler.

  • Fish species

Tilapia among many others

  • Vegetation

The large stand of papyrus reeds and other sedges collect water during rains, stabilizes the muddy soil, traps sediments and filters pollutants thus making lake Victoria waters clear and fresh.

Some of the characteristic species recorded are:Vernonia auliculifera,Mimosa pudica,Cassia didymobotrya,Aloe lowlensis,Leonetis nepetis, High Giant papyrus (Cyperus papyrus) - Bull rush (Typha dichongensis).

  • Beaches

Kombo beach,Kadenge beach,Hawinga beach,Ogaga beach,Luanda beach,Wea Beach – private,Gangu Beach

  • Oxbow lake

Rich in fishes and rare Sitatunga animals.

  • Scenic sites

Aesthetic/scenic overview of  the Lake makes it  suitable for picnics

  • Cultural sites
    • The Ramogi hill located in the swamp is a Luo cultural and archaeological site which serves as a tourist attraction.
    • Sacred site in the Dominion Farms

Park Resources