Bar Olengo thickets are found on the banks of Yala River Valley and Yala Swamp Ecosystem in Siaya county in the republic of Kenya. This location lies on the eqautor and it is endowed with some magnificent and breathtaking sceneries both within and beyond the lush riverine and the swamp.
The locals have totally underutilised the ecosystem with most of them terming it as a curse on them. The main source of living here is farming. Other sources are hunting, charcoal burning, livestock keeping , fishing and timber logging.
The poverty level is very high and during heavy rains water-borne diseases are quite common and the residents are sometimes forced to abandon farming as the valley becomes water logged when the river bursts it banks. This is normally associated with some wildlife migrating to the higher grounds and with hippos grazing further afield all leading to more wildlife/human conflicts.