Ruma National park was first gazetted in 1966 as Lambwe valley game reserve and acquired national parkstatus in 1983. The park was established mainly to protect the roan antelope which does not occur anywhere else in the country.
The soils are largely black cotton clay. The surrounding area is settled, with a mix of small scale cultivation and grassy pasture land.
PO Box 420, Homa Bay Tel: +254 (0)59 22544 www.kws.go.ke
Ruma National park is situated in Suba District, Nyanza Province
Distance from Nairobi
120 square km
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Hot and humid
Roan antelope which is not found anywhere else in Kenya,oribi, mountain reedbuck, leopard, buffalo, Jackson’s hartbeest,Rothschild’s giraffe, serval, hyena, impala and vervet monkey, savannah grassland and woodland with extensive acacia thickets and more than 400 recorded species of birds.
Access to Ruma
From Nairobi the most direct route to Ruma NP is via Nakuru, Kericho and Kisii.
From Kisii proceed in a southerly direction on the main A1 road to Rongo, a distance of 34 km. At Rongo turn to the right and proceed 27 km to Rodi Kopany.
Then turn left and head for Migori, a distance of 20 km.
At Migori follow signs to the park,entering at Kamato main gate
Accommodation in Ruma
Kenya Wildlife Service Self-Catering
Oribi Guesthouse Campsites: Kamato and Nyati Campsites
Best time to visit
All year round
Game viewing, bird watching,Camping