Before the jet airline era, Kisumu was a landing point on the British flying boat passenger and mail route from Southampton to Cape Town. Kisumu linked Port Bell and Nairobi.
Lake Victoria Ferries
Lake Victoria ferries have operated from the port linking the railway to Mwanza and Bukoba in Tanzania
, and to Entebbe, Port Bell, and Jinja in Uganda
Lake Victoria ferries are motor ships (earlier examples were steamboats) carrying freight and passengers between Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya
on Lake Victoria. The main ports on the lake are Kisumu, Mwanza, Bukoba, Entebbe, Port Bell and Jinja.
Typical journey times are 13 hours between Port Bell in Uganda and Kisumu in Kenya, and 19 hours between Port Bell and Mwanza in Tanzania.