Lake Victoria

Lake Victoria is the setting for a holiday that’s about as far away from it all as you can possibly get. It’s the world’s second largest freshwater lake and is the magical source of the Nile.

-0.7558° S33.4384° E

The Lake is rich in fish and bird life, its islands lush and verdant. The deep blue waters support an abundant ecosystem. Its shores are lined with groves of banana trees and fishing villages where you’ll always be greeted with a friendly smile and a wave. The chance to catch the giant Nile perch draws many. Some come for the abundant birds, fish eagles, kingfishers and pelicans, others to glimpse the playful otters.

Above all Mfangano Island Camp is an ideal place just to relax, swim, fish, read and feel yourself a million miles from anywhere. A place to soothe your soul, to treat yourself to fish caught fresh that day, to fruit and vegetables from our own lakeside gardens.

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TOP 5 THINGS

to do from

Mfangano Island

01/05

Traditional Sailing

A great way to get into the pace of island life is to take a sailing trip on one of the traditional lateen rig sailing boats, an age old design you can slip back in time with only the sound of water lapping against the keel as you float along the turquoise lake waters and watch the world pass you...

05/05

Village Walks

The Luo culture and traditions are very different from those of other parts of Kenya, and staying at Mfangano Island Camp there is the possibility to sample this colourful culture. Villages dot the shores of Lake Victoria, and the main activities are fishing and trading in Nile Perch and Tilapia. Play a game of football with the children of Nyakweri...

04/05

Bird Island

The bird life around Lake Victoria and Mfangano Island is spectacular, and over 350 different birds have been identified around Mfangano Island and Lake Victoria. Guests can join our resident ornithologist on bird watching trips both on foot and by boat around the island.

03/05

Rock Art

Kenya has a rich history of rock art, ranging over several thousand years with a variety of styles and themes with the major concentrations of art occurring in western Kenya near Lake Victoria. Mfangano Island has two painting sites, Mawanga Cave and Kwitone shelter, where red and white geometric symbols 1,000 to 4,000 years old can be seen.

Learn more
02/05

Fishing

Although the lake has suffered in recent years from unregulated fishing Nile Perch remains the top predator. The number of large specimens has dropped dramatically, however a good fight can still be had using lighter tackle and targeting fish between 5 and 10kgs. Casting closer to shore or using bait can produce great sport on spinning gear for various species...

Learn more

Traditional Sailing

Village Walks

Bird Island

Rock Art

Fishing

TOP 5 THINGS

to do from

Mfangano Island

01/05

Traditional Sailing

A great way to get into the pace of island life is to take a sailing trip on one of the traditional lateen rig sailing boats, an age old design you can slip back in time with only the sound of water lapping against the keel as you float along the turquoise lake waters and watch the world pass you...

05/05

Village Walks

The Luo culture and traditions are very different from those of other parts of Kenya, and staying at Mfangano Island Camp there is the possibility to sample this colourful culture. Villages dot the shores of Lake Victoria, and the main activities are fishing and trading in Nile Perch and Tilapia. Play a game of football with the children of Nyakweri...

04/05

Bird Island

The bird life around Lake Victoria and Mfangano Island is spectacular, and over 350 different birds have been identified around Mfangano Island and Lake Victoria. Guests can join our resident ornithologist on bird watching trips both on foot and by boat around the island.

03/05

Rock Art

Kenya has a rich history of rock art, ranging over several thousand years with a variety of styles and themes with the major concentrations of art occurring in western Kenya near Lake Victoria. Mfangano Island has two painting sites, Mawanga Cave and Kwitone shelter, where red and white geometric symbols 1,000 to 4,000 years old can be seen.

Learn more
02/05

Fishing

Although the lake has suffered in recent years from unregulated fishing Nile Perch remains the top predator. The number of large specimens has dropped dramatically, however a good fight can still be had using lighter tackle and targeting fish between 5 and 10kgs. Casting closer to shore or using bait can produce great sport on spinning gear for various species...

Learn more

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