WHERE TO STAY IN LAKE VICTORIA
Our accommodation recommendations are divided into three tiers – premier Tier 1, deluxe Tier 2 and value Tier 3. At Lake Victoria in Kenya, we recommend two Tier 2 accommodations – Mfangano Island Camp and Rusinga Island Lodge. Both of these accommodations are situated on distinct islands on the lake and offer an excellent balance of quality and cost. Though, if you want to stay close to the shores of Kisumu, you may opt for Impala Eco Lodge, a Tier 3 value accommodation that offers non-frill experiences.
Mfangano Island Camp features 6 cottages that are built from clay, thatch and other native materials. The roundish rondavel design with plenty of light and air creates a peaceful ambience to help you rejuvenate after a day of discovering the natural, historical and cultural assets of the island and lake. For your couple’s romantic trip to Kenya, we recommend the Honeymoon Suite, an enchanting cottage with incredible 360-degree views of the lake. Situated on the shoreline, your cottage gives you unfettered views of the active bird and small mammalian life that has made Lake Victoria a unique travel destination in East Africa.
Awaken to the sounds of avi-fauna welcoming the day and waves gently lapping the shore that is just outside your door. Spend your days touring the lake, fishing villages and island, but also give yourself much-needed breaks to lounge on your private veranda as fishing dhows sail gently across the lake. The shaded main veranda and lawn invite you to savor every bite of the organically-prepared meals of Nile perch, freshly baked breads, sautéed vegetables and other mouth-watering dishes.
Rusinga Island Lodge is another island getaway that fits the needs of AfricanMecca guests desiring a tranquil vacation at Lake Victoria (read more on when is the best time to go). Here, 6 charming cottages feature elevated thatch roofs, private verandahs with lake and garden views, living and dressing areas, large en-suite bathrooms and one king-size or two queen-size beds. As a family-friendly accommodation, the lodge offers safe places for your little ones to roam and explore, and the staff are specially trained to engage youngsters in special activities.
The cottages are situated on the same level, so guests with limited mobility can easily navigate between their cottages and common areas. Gardens on the property provide organic produce for your meals, which are served in a variety of locations, depending on the weather. A breakfast of fresh fruit, eggs, homemade cereal and pastries, sausage and other “English” options are typically served on the lawn. Lunch is served outdoors while dinner may be served by candlelight on the jetty, in the dining area or the gazebo.
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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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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.
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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, Elementaita, and Naivasha - Great Rift Valley Lakes. You can also 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 for an offbeat wildlife tour.
You can end your vacation at the Indian Ocean for a beach vacation and Swahili cultural tour on the exotic spice island of Zanzibar, Lamu, or Mombasa.
Best Safari Planning Ideas & Trip Experiences For KenyaBelow are guide references on how to plan each of the below safari experience in Kenya. Alternatively, go to the summary section for a quick overview of each trip planning experience.
Best Safari Planning Ideas & Trip Experiences For KenyaBelow are guide references on how to plan each of the below safari experience in Kenya. Alternatively, go to the summary section for a quick overview of each trip planning experience.READ MORE
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GUIDE ON LAKE VICTORIA
For a relaxing, pleasurable lake vacation in East Africa, we recommend a visit to Lake Victoria in Kenya, the largest of the Great African Lakes and the second largest freshwater lake in the world.
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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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