Head to the heart of Kenya’s Nyanza culture with cheap flights to Kisumu! The main city along the coasts of Lake Victoria, Kisumu has fostered trade with the neighbouring countries of Tanzania and Uganda across its waters. Among popular cultures in Kisumu are the live street performances of local artists at Kiboko Bay, as well as the tribal practices of the Luo, Gussi and Kurria people in the area. The town has its own cultural markets like the Cloth Market, the Maasai crafts market and the fish market of Dunga Beach, attracting locals and foreigners alike to book Kisumu flights. Explorers can go for water safaris covering Lake Kanyaboli, the Ndere Island National Park and the Hippo Point. The Impala sanctuary and the Ruma National Park are the main sites housing the limited wildlife present around Kisumu, mainly consisting of Impalas, Baboons and endangered black Rhinos. The main city’s landmarks to look out for are the Kisumu Museum, Tom Mboya Mausoleum and the Jaramogi Mausoleum.
No direct flights are leaving from the UK for Kisumu. The destination is remote, and there are not many people travelling to this city in western Kenya to make a direct flight to Kisumu profitable. Tourists visiting Kisumu usually take a shorter Kenya Airways flight to get to the town with just one stopover at Nairobi.
Kenya Airways tickets to Kisumu are a bit more expensive than those offered by Air France and KLM, but they offer a lot more. Even if you are not travelling with children or the elderly, the two-stopover flight to Kisumu can be longer than 30 hours, which can be uncomfortable for the passenger, especially if each of the stopovers is more than 10 hours long. With Kenya Airways there is going to be only one short stop at Nairobi.
The first portion of the journey from the UK to Kisumu with Kenya Airways is a flight from London Heathrow Airport to Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. Flight number KQ 101 flies every day from London at six in the afternoon and arrives in Kenya’s capital at four in the morning. The total flight duration of the London to Nairobi trip is eight hours.
From Nairobi onwards to Kisumu, three flights are leaving for the city at different times in a week. For example, KQ 654 completes the journey between these two cities in just 50 minutes and is scheduled every Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday at nine in the morning. The other flights planned are KQ 650 and KQ 670 that also conduct their operations regularly and transport tourists to Kisumu from Nairobi.
There is no significant low season in Kisumu for the tourist to take advantage of and have a cheap vacation by coming to the city during that time. There is almost the same number of tourists coming to Kisumu in May than that in September. The year-long favourable climate of Kisumu is to blame. However, there is a slight decline in the number of people arriving in the city just a few weeks before Christmas. The best way to get a cheap trip to Kisumu is to call our agents three to four months before time to book a flight and get lodging at a reasonable price.
Even though the Kisumu Airport (KIS) is designated as an international airport of Kenya, most international airlines fly to Nairobi or Mombasa first. The airport does get some traffic from regional airlines, and many passengers from Europe tend to use these African airlines to get to Kisumu faster. Four hundred thousand passengers are visiting the airport for their travels each year. The Kisumu International Airport is getting a significant uplift to expand the current facilities. The airport overlooks Lake Victoria and is only six kilometres from the city centre.
Kisumu is only a few kilometres south of the equator. The temperature remains constant during the entire stretch of the year. The mean temperature hardly ever fluctuates from the 24°C value. However, the mean high temperature remains lower than the 30°C mark from June to August only, which is why this is the best time to come to Kisumu. Due to the tropical climate, the rains never seize to pour once every few days, but during the June to August time, the chance of having a rainy day reduces significantly. Since the weather remains roughly the same throughout the year, there is not a significant surge of tourists going to Kisumu during the summer. The tickets and accommodation might only be slightly more expensive during this time.
Kisumu means ‘to trade’ in the local language. It is the largest city in western Kenya, which lies on the shores of Lake Victoria. The town is surrounded by natural wonders that serve as the landmarks for the Kisumu County.
Kisumu is not a very large town and the main attractions of the area are the nature trails and reserves that surround the small township. Getting from one end of Kisumu to the other is very easy and can be done on foot if one is willing to wear some trainers. However, tourists usually wave down a ‘boda-boda’, which is a local bicycle taxi or take a ‘matatus’ minibus, even though they can be a bit crowded. For the best experience, rent a car for the duration of your trip and enjoy the luxury of moving around whenever you like.
There are not many five star hotels in Kisumu. Most tourists visiting the city are nature lovers and tend to spend their time outside, admiring the wildlife and interacting with the locals. There are, however, more economical options for stay available in the city. Please select the five-star hotel from the list mentioned below.