Homa Bay is one of the 47 County governments in the Republic of Kenya.
It is located in the Southern part of Nyanza, along the southern shores of Lake Victoria- Africa’s largest Fresh water lake. Known for its scenic hills and picturesque shoreline, Homa Bay County covers an area of 3,183.3 sq km with a population of about 1.3m million people.
It borders five other Counties;- Migori to the South, Kisii and Nyamira to the East, and Kericho and Kisumu to the North East. It is accessible by lake transport, road and air. Its Kabunde Airstrip has just been renovated and opened for commercial flights.
The county has a rich history and folklore that makes it a favourite for cultural tourism. It was originally known as Chich Onuno (Onuno’s market) but it was renamed to Homa Bay by colonialists in 1925 because it was overlooking the then Huma Hills in Karachuonyo.
Visitors from overseas pronounced Huma as ‘Homa‘ and the residents adopted the name Homa Bay. Administratively, Homa Bay County has eight constituencies which also serve as Sub County administrative Units- Mbita, Ndhiwa, Homa Bay Town, Rangwe, Karachuonyo, Kabondo, Kasipul and Suba.
The County headquarters –Homa Bay town is located some 105km south of Kisumu and about 420km south-west of Nairobi.
The Counties economy is anchored on Agriculture and Fisheries. Its massive potential on Agri-business, mining and Tourism remain largely unexploited.