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Kisumu is the third largest city in Kenya which is also a port city with an emerging oil export activities. The port was built by British in 1901 with the aim of converting it as an inland terminal of the Uganda Railway. Initially it was named as Port Florence. However later it was referred as Kisumu in the Dholuo name which means a place to look for food. Kisumu is idyllically situated on the shores of Lake Victoria, one of the African Great Lakes while connected with the other destinations such as Malindi, Mombasa and Pemba. This gave all the potential for Kisumu to become a prominent trading hub where various European companies and Indian traders were also allocated spots to settle. Resultantly by 1930s to 1940s, Kisumu developed as a primary centre for commerce, administration and military activities in the East African region.
Unlike many other African cities, Kisumu maintains the status of "Friendship" with Cheltenham of the United Kingdom and status of "sister city" with Roanoke of Virginia and Boulder, Colorado, USA.

Getting around the Millennium City

Kisumu was also recognised as the Millennium City: by United Nations due to its importance in the region. AN African city being renowned like this is first instance of its kind. This port city has attracted various foreign investment s and witnessing lucrative business development. As a result reaching and getting around the city is very easy. Any transportation mode such as water (sailing in ferries on the Lake Victoria), travelling in the roads by bus, car and taxis, rail and air is possible.

Places to visit in Kisumu

Being a city that was flourished by rich trading activities and settled by various foreign settlers, Kisumu is thriving with many tourists attractions and facilities that may not be available in many other African cities. Markets like Kibuye, Masai market to buy crafts and Oile are ideal to kill some time by going for shopping. Kisumu Museum is another attraction that has a series of outdoor pavilions where some pavilions contains live animals like fish of Lake Victoria, Kenyan sneaks like spitting cobras and much more. Travellers also can visit sanctuaries dedicated for impalas, hippos and birds. Ecotourism in Dunga beach and wetlands opens the travellers to witness a rich bio-diversity of Kisumu.

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