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  • Ruma National Park

Ruma National Park

Ruma National Park
IUCN category II (national park)
Map showing the location of Ruma National Park
Map showing the location of Ruma National Park
Location Nyanza Province, Kenya
Nearest city Homa Bay
Coordinates view on map
Area 120 square kilometres (46 sq mi)
Governing body Kenya Wildlife Service

Dubbed the "Last Retreat of the Roan Antelope", Ruma National Park is the only terrestrial park in Nyanza Province. The park protects the only indigenous population of rare roan antelopes within Kenya. At present, the population is on the verge of extinction with individual populations numbering approximately 40. The park was established in 1966 as Lambwe Valley Game Reserve. It was later renamed “Ruma” after one of Kenya’s most powerful wizard, the much feared Gor Mahia who lived around the park (affiliated to Gor Mahia F.C.). The park is located in the vast Lambwe Valley. The park is assessable and motor-able all year round using three main circuits. However during the rainy season, 4 wheel drive vehicles are advised.

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