With its reservations, the wood covers around 238 km², of which slightly less than half is preserved as primeval wood. Most of the forests lie between 1500 and 1600 metres above sealevel. The Kakamega Nature Reservation, which was declared a Natural Park in 1985, is located in the northern part of the wood.
1 ] To the northern side is the Kisere Forest Reservoir. In the whole wood there are a number of meadows with a diameter of about 1 to 50 and some large clearances. Several brooks and small brooks run through the reservation. As a rule, the bigger brooks are bounded by a few to ten metres of woodland on both sides, which share the meadows, while the smallest brooks run through open grassland and often form small swamps.
Bluempe climbin' in a treetop in the Kakamega Rainforest. We have 380 registered plant types. These include 60 types of fern, 150 types of arboreal and shrubbery and 170 types of blossoming plant, 60 of which are orchid with 9 types found only in this forrest. There are plenty of bugs and some of them are quite spectecular, such as goliath beetle, rose and verdant blossom mantilla and many colourful moths (489 species).
Kakamega forests' wildlife has not been fully investigated. A lot of locals depend on the forests to provide important natural sources such as fuelwood, masts and conventional medicine. It is considered one of the most populous countryside regions in the word, and the pressures on forestry are high.
BIOTA Ost, a BIOTA East programme supported in Germany, worked in the forests from 2001 to 2010 to create woodland inventory for many different lifestyles and to find ways of using forests sustainably. South of Kakamega Woods, Isecheno Woods Base, which is operated by Kenya Forestry Service, is the most easily accessed in tourism.
There' s the famous Mama Mtere Baum, a historical one and the most pictured one in Kakamega Wald, there are also prickly pear trees. Woodland walks have drawn celebrities, among them the departing US ambassador to Kenya, Bob Godec, who visited in April 2018 and was amazed at his beauty.