Ruma National Park is dubbed as the “Last Retreat of the Roan Antelope” because it protects the only indigenous population of rare roan antelopes within Kenya and it is the only terrestrial park in Kenya’s Nyanza province.
However, currently 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 and was later renamed “Ruma” after one of Kenya’s most powerful wizard (the much feared Gor Mahia) who lived around the park.
Due to the strength and fierceness of this wizard (Gor Mahia), Kenya has also got some of its top football clubs named Gor Mahia F.C to show that the team is also as dangerous as the Gor Mahia wizard.
The park is located in the vast Lambwe Valley comprising of various wildlife species such as; African leopards, roan antelopes, eastern black rhinoceros, Rothschild’s giraffes, Oribis, cape buffalos, Lelwel hartebeests, olive baboons, Bohor reedbucks, hyenas, servals, topis, honey badgers, bush pigs and Vervet monkeys among others.
The Park also inhabits over 400 bird species thus being an appropriate destination for birding activities especially for the birders.
Accommodations in the Park include; Karibuni Eco-cottages, Hotel Hippo buck, among others.