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GHT 960: Kogello Excursions from Kisumu, Kogello Short Bus Tour

Depart Kisumu by road after breakfast with your packed lunches to Kogello Village also known as Nyang’oma. Kogello is a rural village in Alego - Siaya County District, Nyanza Province, Kenya to begin your short bus tour to Kogello. It is located near the equator, 40 kilometers west-northwest of Kisumu City, and the provincial capital.
Kisumu – Busia road leads to Kogello branching left at Kisian Junction on Kisumu – Bondo road, we drive passing through Seme from where you can see the famous historical Kit Mikayi rocks from a distance. Driving past Ndori towards Siaya County to Kogello-Nyangoma Village you arrive at the Kogelo Dispensary on your right. After a visit of the dispensary proceed to the Kogelo market, Kogelo primary school and Senator Barack Obama Secondary School. You will then enter Sarah Obama’s home behind the Secondary school.
Kogelo is the ancestral home of Barack Obama, Sr., the father of current United States President-elect Barack Obama. Barack Obama, Sr. is buried in the village. Some of their family members, including his paternal grandmother Mama Sarah Anyango Obama, still live in the home. In Mama Sarah Obama’s home; you will find both the graves of Barack Obama Sr. and his father’s. You will also find in the homestead Sarah’s house, the security tents, visit the vegetable garden, the cattle Boma and sit under the big mango trees where Sarah usually have interviews with visitors. Picnic lunch at your convenient time.
{Barack Obama´s first visit to Kenya was a private affair. He was met at the JKIA airport by his step-sister Auma. He slept on a couch in his sister’s house in Nairobi. The journey to Kogello (K’Ogello) was by train to Kisumu and then by matatu from Kisumu to K’ogello where he shared space with other travelers with lots of luggage including live chickens. Sometimes tired parents on the journey from Kisumu to K´Ogello would place babies on his lap. This trip was an eye opener to this son of four continents. (Remember born in USA, early childhood in Asia, an African father and Western Education). He found his late father´s home and experienced the community warmth enjoyed by the people of Kenya. On arrival he was met by his immediate family. This was a complete contrast to his second visit as a senator.}

After the visit, you will embark on a return journey to Kisumu arriving in the evening to end short excursion tour.

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