Kisumu International Airport in Kisumu
The Kisumu airport began operations back in the 30s as a small airstrip, but gained more popularity during the Second World War when amphibian-like aircraft used to land in Lake Victoria which lies on the eastern side of the shore was used together with the airstrip.
This airport is located on the shores Lake Victoria and it is the third largest airport in Kenya. It usually handles cargo – mostly fishery products as well as have several commercial airlines which enable people to travel in the city, especially those bordering Uganda and Tanzania since the airport is near both of the borders.
The airport is classified as Class II enabling it to handle both domestic and international cargo and commercial airlines. There are several airlines that operate at the airport and they mostly include domestic carriers such as Kenya Airways, East African Safari Express, Jet link, Executive Turbine, Lake Vic. Aviation, and Fly 540 Aviation.
Kisumu International Airport in Kisumu, which is near the border of Uganda and Tanzania while being covered on one side by Lake Victoria.
The City in The Lakeside
I am a lover of sports activities and a big fan of my local football and volleyball teams. During my college days, we I had formed a cheering squad made up of my fellow college mates that could cheer up our college teams until our cheering could intimidate our opponents to their loss. I was so good in that some local teams had to approach me to come with my cheering squad to cheer up their team in return for their support after college. When I completed college studies, they picked me up to become their campaign manager and form up a cheering squad/team that could accompany the team wherever they went play, whether in local or international matches.
It is this during this moment that I got the chance to board an airplane for the first time in my life. The trip took us to Kisumu City, to play against their homegrown team called Gor Mahia FC, a strong team based in the lakeside of Kenya. I was so excited since I had always heard exhilarating stories about the town which had been upgraded to city status only two years before.
I, together with my cheerleaders and the players took our flight at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi and headed straight to Kisumu, a four hour flight to the lakeside city. We alighted at the Kisumu International Airport, the third busiest airport in Kenya and the fourth busiest international airport.
It is located in Kisumu city, a gorgeous city that is home to the world’s second largest fresh water lake in the world and source to the great river Nile. The city boasts of a wide variety of cultural and tourist attraction sites such as the Kisumu Impala Sanctuary, it Mikayi, the Hippo Point, Kisumu Museum and many other places of attractions especially along the shores of L. Victoria.
Celebrating Culture and Heritage
The match was scheduled to be played the next day and therefore we had to book a hotel for the night. There are several places available in the city since the hospitality industry is very vibrant. The city lies in serene and quite shores of Lake Victoria and the residents are very welcoming.
I spent the night at the prestigious Kisumu Imperial Hotel together with my colleagues. The next day we headed straight to the field to meet our opponents who enjoy a huge following and fan base since it is their home team. We were cheered on our way to the stadium but our energy could not be broken by their chants and growling.
The match started on a high note with so much jeers cheers and sneers from across the stadium with the home crowd having the greater share of the noise. Our players however did not give in to the noise but listen to our vividly clear shouts of encouragement and exciting cheers and they did what they do best to win. There were so many hullabaloos after the match since the home fans could not concede a defeat at their own home ground. However, the match officials contained the situation and the results were announced as fair.
Hospital Amenities in Kisumu
After the match which had run until the extra minutes, we could not board our flight back to Nairobi; we had to spend the night in Kisumu again for next flight the following day. Being a naturally adventurous person and a lover of nature, I decided to take tour around the much proclaimed beautiful city. I specifically remembered that a player from the opponent team and a good friend of mine had suffered an injury and had been rushed to the New Nyanza Provincial Hospital. I hurriedly rushed there before sunset to see him. I had read in the papers that the hospital is one of the best equipped hospitals in the country and therefore I wanted to see for myself.
When I arrived there, my friend had already been plastered since his left leg had sustained a fracture. I decided to take a tour in the hospital. One department which I found well-equipped was the oncology department. Although I was not allowed in there, I talked to some of the patients who had gone there for radiation about their services and they confirmed to me, that the county government of Kisumu had purchased some of the latest equipment for the department.
This made me feel like relocating my dad to the county since he had been battling prostate cancer for long and the disease had been alarming to all the family members as well as straining us financially.
There were other departments which too I was told had embraced the latest medical technologies and this proved that the hospital is one of the best in the country. Afterwards, I decided to visit Kisumu Impala Sanctuary and have some feeling of the wildlife at the center, but unfortunately by the time that I arrived there they had already closed their operations for the day.
I had to head back in our motel as I planned to adventure the following day before taking my flight back to Nairobi.