Abindu means caves in one premise. The hill was inhabited by the Kipsigis community decades back as far back as 500 years. The name is derived from the KIBINDO Sub-clan within the Kipsigis community now living in Kericho. It is said that Luo drove away the Kipsigis from their settlement area which was Abindu. Abindu was a sacred place where rituals and cultural activities were undertaken.
During long spell of droughts, the elderly people would converge at Abindu and perform rituals by slaughtering animals in form of sacrifices. They would also pray for the gods of Abindu through Mama Abindu to have a bumper harvest or good crop yield. They would also converge here during times of war (inter-tribal) to strategize and be blessed with spiritual support. It was feared that whoever would set eye on mama Abindu would not lead any better life and would die abnormally or would get insane instantly.
The famous Abindu Hills is situated North-West of Kisumu about 12kms from the city. It is accessible from Kisumu – Busia Road off Daraja Mbili junction to Kiboswa Road (Road C86). It can also be accessed through the Kisumu – Kakamega Road off Kiboswa – Daraja Mbili road. Ulalo terminus remains the disembarking place for access through the Ulalo-Wachara road.
Abindu is a fascinating tourist attraction site in Kisumu County and offers visitors with numerous activities to participate in:
- It has a spiritual significance as people use the rock’s caves for prayers
- Its rocky terrain offers thrill seekers a chance for adventure in hiking and camping
- One can experience the culture and heritage of the Kwamumbi people who live around the rock
- From vantage points on top of the rock one can experience some breath taking views of Kisumu City and Lake Victoria.
For More Enquiries and Bookings, Contact:
Tom Ochola Menya
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Kenya Community Based Tourism Network (KECOBAT)
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