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For the Birds

Located close to Kendu Bay town, Lake Simbi is a tiny Crater of volcanic origin with no known inlet or outlet measuring about one kilometer in radius. Both Lake Simbi and adjacent Odango sites support a substantial bird population that includes flamingos, little grebes, little egrets and Egyptian geese, making it a haven for bird watchers.

Traditional folklore allude that where the lake sits today existed a village which mysteriously disappeared in a violent storm when residents refused to shelter and feed an old woman who sought refuge there thus creating a large depression that formed what is called Lake Simbi Nyaima today.

Attractions & Activities

The sanctuary makes a great destination for bird watching as the bird life here is exceptional. The lake provides opportunities for recreational activities and personal wellbeing. The water is used by a local church as a source of blessings and is believed to have supernatural powers. Visitors flock here in a quest to quench their thirst especially on questions about the origin of the lake.

  • Simbi is a small alkaline crater lake of volcanic origin with no known inlet and outlet
  • Population:250,000 with the basin having 325 individual farmers.

Soil: Volcanic alluvial, clay and black cotton

Vegetation: Acacia-balanties-combretum-striga weed

Birdlife: Flamingoes, little grebe, little egret, Egyptian goose

Land use: Agriculture

  • Due to its high alkalinity the lake is not used for drinking and has no fish.
  • Natural medicine as the water treats skin diseases.
  • Mining of salt by the locals from the lake.
  • Provides opportunity for recreation activities.
  • Personal well being and the water is used by a local church as source of blessing and it is believed to have supernatural powers.
  • Provide education for the local community due to the story of the lake origin
  • Bird watching as the lake is known for bird life.

The sanctuary doesn’t offer any accommodation or camping options.

What to take with you

Personal effects, clean drinking water and food. Also important are; Camera, binoculars, sunscreen, insect repellant, first aid kit, sunglasses and appropriate hiking gear.

Park Fees


Adult: KES 300

Child/Student: KES 125


Adult: $22

Child/Student: $13

Mode of Payment

MPesa. Visa Card. Direct deposits to KWS bank accounts. Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT)

Special Services

Security/Guided tour per guide
• KES 1,720 – up to 4 hours
• KES 3,015 – Over 4 hours

Vehicle Charges per day
• Less than 6 seats KES 300
• 6-12 seats KES 1,030
• 13-24seats KES 2,585
• 25-44 seats KES 4,050
• 45 seats and above KES 5,000

How to get there

By Road:
Lake Simbi National Sanctuary lies in Southern Nyanza in Homa bay district and it is reachable from Nairobi via Mai Mahiu to Narok then to Bomet where you will connect to the T-Junction of Kaplong. From the T Junction, turn left to Sotik to Kisii where you will drive along the Oyugis route.

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