Lake Simbi Nyaima in Kenya : Simi Nyaima is in the Luo that means the ‘’sunken village’’ which is a such amazing little volcanic lake in the Western Kenya in Karachuonyo area it is near Lake Victoria in the region of Nyanza.
Simi Nyaima is a small alkaline lake located a few kilometers from Kendu Bay township in Homa Bay county, well known for its ancient origins and its undiscovered prehistoric sites that make it a Kenya safari tourist destination of the worldwide interest, Simi Nyaima is a such lake water which is a saline and sulphurous which is believed to have the curative qualities with a smell that can be smelled far away kilometers away and a salt extracted from the basin is sold for different importance’s.
Lake Simi Nyaima is as well attracted safari destination because of the flamingos this is done by them through during the seasonal periods that is during their migration from other lakes in Kenya like the Lake Bogoria, Lake Natron, Lake Nakuru and the rest of other rift valley lakes. According to the science research by the geologists say that the formation of the Simi Nyaima was a round the 15th century, by the earthquake in the 1860’s that resulted the lava eruption which destroyed the area.
It is said that long time there was a large village called Simbi on the shores of the lake that lived on the fishing and shared serenity, the land was known as too fertile and had enough water but later the wealthy of the area brought greediness and arrogance between the people so as when the young villagers could have more of the food could refuse to take care of the malnourished old woman called Simbi had come to stay in the village in the hut begging for food, it happened that the villagers had been having a celebration of sorts on that very day and people could not get bothered by the voice of the woman who was begging for the food but instead they cruelly turned her a way.
When the old woman was leaving Simbi she cursed the village and later after a period of a week, the heavy rains fell in the village in the area and caused a huge flood that spoiled and destroyed the area and the entire village hence the water did not disappear so it stayed there which is the present called the Simba Nyaima.
The geologists do say that Lake Simbi was formed from an extinct volcano and perhaps a strong earth quake that occurred along tine around 15th century formed a crater lake which currently Simbi Nayaima in the area. Though according to the locals that say that however feel like venturing deep in the water like exploring or research or any other intention can always fall into the spirits of the fated villagers in one another and it is said at times during the evenings the sounds can be heard from the lake like mumbling, whistling.
Simbi Lake has got an acrid smell during especially during the dry season like in the months of June to October then December to March, the lake does not have the visible inlet or the outlet minus Lake Victoria and the major river being close by its water has never been raised to decrease.
Lake Simbi is has various breathtaking beautiful flora that inhabits various bird species including the flamingos, Egyptian geese, ducks and many more. The bird lovers who come to the lake do enjoy the Kenya bird watching safari and they are always recommended to come a long with the binoculars.
Lake Simi’s water is said to be medicinal in that during your safari to the lake you always see people while splashing that water on their feet, hands, head and some even collect and pack that water in their bottles especially for the religious purposes or others take it for the skin treatment to prevent irritations.
Lake Simi is such a great safari destination that gives you the most unforgettable memories in your life in that the lake can be easily accessed from Kendu Bay and Homa Bay towns which are about 365 kilometers and 390 kilometers respectively by road from the Nairobi city, as the area is hot on yo way safari to the area it is advisable to put on the light clothes and at times you can purchase a hat, sun glasses to protect you from the sun and should not forget the drinking water.