GUIDE ON LAKE VICTORIA IN KENYA
Lining the shores of Lake Victoria are the enchanting fishing villages of the Luo tribe who spend their days sailing their traditional boats, fishing, raising their children and taking care of their homes and villages, seemingly unaware of guests. Visits to their villages demonstrate the unmatched hospitality of these native people.
Being on the small Kenyan section of Lake Victoria is unlike any other experience on the Tanzanian and Ugandan part of the lake. Whether you are a birder, angler, cultural explorer, rock art and paleontology lover or an easy-going traveler at Lake Victoria, there is something for everyone! The most popular activity is birdwatching, and rightfully so!
More than 350 resident and migratory avi-fauna species have been recorded at the lake, some of which are hardly ever found elsewhere in Kenya. Birdwatching on foot is a discerning activity in Kenya, but being lakeside means that you can also view these colorful creatures by boat, getting up close to them as they feed and nest. If you are ready to catch your own world class lake game fish and take home some serious bragging rights, Lake Victoria is the place for you!
Imagine describing to your friends and family back home how a local fisherman took you to the most prized and coveted fishing spots! Your story will continue with the challenge of hooking a colossal and eventually reeling in a 300-pound, six-foot Nile perch! These fish, along with tilapia, make Lake Victoria a discerning angler’s paradise.
Learn about the human inhabitants of Lake Victoria, both past and present. Visit local villages and schools, trek to hidden caves where the walls are etched with rock art, tour archeological sites in search for the enigmas of the lake’s earliest inhabitants and much, much more. The Luo culture is unique among Kenyan tribes, and you may learn about their awe-inspiring way of life during a village tour. You can also see the township schools that were restored with support from the surrounding tourist accommodations where AfricanMecca lodgers stay.
Mfangano Island is home to the 1,000-year-old rock paintings of the Batwa people that are believed to have been used later by the local Suba tribe. Similar paintings have been recorded in Congo, Zambia, Gabon and other sites by the Trust for African Rock Art. The paleontology work of Louis and Mary Leakey is evident on Rusinga Island, which is untainted, globally-recognized site for primate and other fossils.
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WHERE TO STAY IN LAKE VICTORIA
We recommend Mfangano Island Camp and Rusinga Island Lodge. Both of these lodgings are located on distinct islands on Lake Victoria in Kenya and offer an excellent balance of quality and cost.
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SAFARI & TOUR IN LAKE VICTORIA
Whether you are a birder, angler, cultural explorer, rock art and paleontology lover or an easy-going traveler, there is something for everyone on their distinct Kenya dream safari in Lake Victoria.
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BEST TIME TO VISIT LAKE VICTORIA
Because outdoor activities are a major part of your Lake Victoria tour, weather conditions influence your overall experience. We recommend the cool-dry season from July to October as the best time.
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Dear AfricanMecca, We had a marvelous time in Kenya. Mfangano Island Lodge (Lake Victoria) was a gem in itself. Thanks to your excellent planning and communication with us.
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Dr Krina Zondervan, Oxford University - United Kingdom
We were extremely pleased with our itinerary. All those elephants and giraffes just posing and asking to have their pictures taken. Thank you for planning one of the best trips I have ever taken.
Professor Donald S. Kisiel - Biology Department Suffolk County Community College - New York, United States
EAST AFRICA SAFARI BOOKING TRIP IDEA FOR LAKE VICTORIA IN WESTERN KENYA
When visiting Lake Victoria, we recommend combining your safari to Masai Mara for the wildebeest migration, Amboseli, Samburu or Laikipia - Lewa, Nakuru and Naivasha - Great Rift Valley Lakes. You can also day trek or climb the 2nd highest mountain in Africa - Mount Kenya.
You may optionally extend out to other wilderness areas of Meru, Chyulu Hills or Tsavo East - Tsavo West ending with a beach vacation and Swahili cultural tour in the exotic spice island of Zanzibar or Lamu, or even Mombasa.
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