Attractions of Ruma National Park

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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.

The roan antelope of Ruma National Park KenyaThe roan antelope of Ruma National Park Kenya

Contact details

PO Box 420, Homa Bay Tel: +254 (0)59 22544

Contact person

Senior Warden


Ruma National park is situated in Suba District, Nyanza Province

Distance from Nairobi

425 km


120 square km

Park fees

Go to or contact tour operator.

Climatic conditions

Hot and humid

Major Attractions

Game Viewing

Wildlife in Ruma

The Vegetation in Ruma National ParkThe Vegetation in Ruma National Park

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

Safaris and Wildlife Attractions of Ruma National Park

Other Best Game Parks in East Africa

Mahale Mountain Park › | Udzungwa National Park › | Tarangire National Park › | Serengeti National Park › | Serengeti Wildbeest Migration › | Ruaha National Park › | Rubondo National Park › | Ruma National Park › | Saadani Nation park › | Selous › | Mikumi › | Mkomazi › | Gombe Stream › | Kitulo › | Katavi › |

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