In Summary
  • Mr Akuku says the falls were first built by colonialists before Kenya gained its independence in the early 1950s.
  • Trade, Tourism and Co-operatives Director, Mr Daudi Okoth Obado, says they are profiling all tourist sites so that they can market them as a package.

Gogo Falls in Migori County have become a huge tourist attraction site.

The rise and fall of water over the man-made falls and the feeling one gets walking over and across the narrow steel bridge is an experience many may include in their bucket list.

However, some visitors fear crossing the bridge and are left to watch from its edge.

The two-feet wide and over 150 metres long bridge cuts through the enormous River Kuja, which drains into Lake Victoria.

Below the bridge, water goes up the man-made cliffs and falls with a thud. The beautiful sight of the swollen river surrounded by green vegetation is breathtaking.

A dam covering over 100 acres and surrounded by papyrus is on one side of the fall.

TOURISM

However, the setting is not just for aesthetic value, Gogo Falls are a source of hydro-electric power in South Nyanza and are managed by KenGen.

Mr Charles Akuku, a community elder, says the falls have helped open up the region, with tourists frequently flocking the area.

This is made easier by the fact that the falls are adjacent to the Thimlich Ohinga archaeological site, which is now a world heritage site following its recognition by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco).

“We usually request our visitors to visit the falls and the response has been positive,” says Thimlich’s curator, Mr Kelvin Somoire.

But the road linking the world heritage site to the falls is in poor condition and locals are calling on the national and county governments to improve it for easier movement.

WELFARE

Mr Akuku says the falls were first built by colonialists before Kenya gained its independence in the early 1950s. They used it to get power for gold mining in Macalder, Nyatike Constituency in Migori County.

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