Mfangano Island Camp is a luxury, island hideaway lodge, where you can enjoy a relaxing break on a tropical island on the shores of Lake Victoria.
The camp is perfect to include in your Kenya Safari either between safaris in Kenya’s Masai Mara and the Serengeti in Tanzania or following a safari in the Masai Mara. Lapped by the waters of Lake Victoria shaded by giant fig trees, and lost to the world, Mfangano Island Camp is an oasis of tranquility, an ideal retreat from the hustle and bustle of modern life. Your first view is of beautiful tropical gardens set on a secluded bay. Lawns hug the waterline, flowerbeds and rock gardens surround the camp. Enormous boulders sit at the water’s edge, a perch for cormorants or giant monitor lizards to sun themselves. If all you desire is to laze in the sunshine, each room has it’s own private veranda with sun beds. Or there are plenty of activities to keep you occupied.
Mfangano Island Camp has nine double-bedded cottages, including a beautiful dedicated family cottage, situated right on the lakeshore. Each room has been built in the Luo tribal style, with banana thatch and natural clay. All rooms offer spectacular vistas across the lake with picturesque dhows sailing by. The rooms are light and airy with four-poster beds. Mfangano Island Camp has a stunning honeymoon suite if you are looking for something very special. From the dining and lounge area, sit and enjoy the life of the lake as it goes by.
Birds sing all day on Mfangano Island and the Cormorants dive for fish nearby or spread their wings to dry in the sun. Sunbirds flit from flower to flower in the lush tropical gardens and weaver birds busy themselves building nests in the trees. Activities include lots of fishing, village walks, local school visits, bird watching around the lake shore (or even a trip to Bird Island) and nearby ancient rock art sites. There is a horizon swimming pool for those who want to simply rest and relax and take in the incredible vistas.
The meals at Mfangano Island Camp are superb and as fresh as can be! Fish is caught from the lake (hopefully by you!) while herbs and salads are picked from the camp’s very own permaculture garden. Most of our guests will remember their meal of Nile Perch – served overlooking the lake with freshly made crusty bread and chilled wine.
On the western shoreline of Mfangano Island in Lake Victoria, Kenya.
Swimming pool, bicycles, fishing boat and permaculture garden.
Please note that we provide a lovely range of ‘Cinnabar Green’ toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, soap and body lotion) in the rooms. These products are refilled into reusable metal canisters so as to reduce on plastic waste. They are also handmade in Kenya with natural ingredients and are therefore in keeping with the sensitive environment in which we operate. We urge you to please use our products rather than your own. These toiletries are supplied for the duration of your stay with us, and if you would like to buy some to take onwards with you, we sell the full range in the gift shop.
Breakfast is a continental and full English. Lunch is a set menu with freshly caught fish from the lake (hopefully by you!), with home-grown, organic salads from our permaculture gardens – all served under the ancient fig trees, overlooking the lake. Dinner is served in the main dining room. We cater for special diets on request.
Electric lights in the rooms with a back-up generator, 220/240 volts UK plugs in the rooms for charging cameras and phones. Wifi available in camp.
Mfangano Island Camp
Charter flights: available from Nairobi and the Masai Mara to Rusinga Island, followed by a boat transfer to camp.
Scheduled flights: are on East Africa (booking is via www.eastafrican.com). Departure from Wilson is 06:30, landing at Homa Bay Airport at 07:30. Return flights are at 07:30 from Homa Bay Airport back to Nairobi Wilson. After landing at Homa Bay Airport, it’s a road transfer of approximately one hour to the village of Mbita on Lake Victoria, where our boat will meet you and transfer you to camp
(approximately 40 minutes).
By Road: Drive to Mbita on Lake Victoria (approx. 6 hours from Nairobi) from where you can take a boat to Mfangano Island (please organise this direct with us).
We welcome children of all ages to camp. A private family cottage with sitting room and two en-suite bedrooms is available to book.
Room service is available on request. Tea and coffee is served in the rooms with the morning wake up call.
Arranged daily at no extra cost.
Visa and Mastercard are accepted. Please note that we cannot accept US dollar bills older than the year 2000.
Open throughout the year, with the exception of April and May. Peak season months August and September and 15th – 31st December. High season months January – March inclusive and June, July, October, November and 1st – 14th December.
Accommodation, meals, activities and laundry.
Flights, boat transfers from beyond Mfangano Island, drinks and personal expenses.
Preventative Malaria medication is recommended. More information is available on our Health Planning Page. Please make sure you have comprehensive medical and travel insurance arranged before visiting Mfangano Island Camp.
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Mfangano Island Camp, Lake Victoria
(+254) 20 2734000/5