Kisumu is a quiet port town on the shore of Lake Victoria, with wide streets and fine colonial architecture. The town was the final destination for the Great Ugandan Railway.
This massive four and a half year enterprise involved building a railroad 900 km into the heart of Africa, from the Port of Mombasa to the Source of the Nile. It was at Kisumu that the railway finally reached Lake Victoria on 20th December 1901. The last spike of the railway was driven into the earth by Florence Preston, the wife of a Railway Engineer, at the spot that still bears her name, Port Florence.
The Kisumu Museum is an excellent place to learn even more about the history and culture of this region.