The government has embarked on a programme to revive tourism around Lake Simbi in Rachuonyo North sub-county in Homa Bay county.
Karachuonyo MP Adipo Okuome said the lake has already been registered as a tourism site.
“The government now knows that Lake Simbi is a tourists’ destination. Residents around the water body will soon start earning revenue collected around it,” he said.
At the moment, the historic lake formed from what geologists believe was as a result of earth movement that resulted from volcanic eruptions about six centuries ago is not known to many. No money is charged when visiting the site.
Okuome (pictured) said this has made the lake to lose its economic value. “It is unfortunate that many people read about Lake Simbi in books and magazines but they have never seen it. We are in the process of creating awareness about the lake,” said the MP.
Speaking when he toured the site yesterday, the legislator said Lake Simbi has a huge potential to be a source of income to many residents adding that the site will soon have a perimeter fence and staff employed to man it.
He said visitors will be charged a small fee before being allowed to access and gather vital information from the site.
“We have a very good economic asset yet we do not want to make good use of it. I get annoyed when I see people misusing the lake for other purposes,” said Okuome.
The lake located outside Kendu Bay town is home to different birds species including flamingos that migrate from Lake Nakuru annually in April.
The government has started the construction of a ring road to ease transport to the lake in Simbi village.
The road connects Pala and villages around Homa Hills to Homa Bay- Katiko road. Okuome added that promotion of social activities would also attract tourists to the site.