Mfangano Island Camp
Lake Victoria, Kenya
At a Glance
Go fishing for the elusive Nile perch
Relax by the swimming pool over looking Lake Victoria
Traditional excursions in a ‘long boat’ for sundowners
Visits to nearby Luo villages and the school
Waterskiing on Lake Victoria
Best time to Visit
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Kenya is a dry country, with regional variations in temperature and rainfall. On the coast, the weather is tropical with high humidity in April and May, and occasional monsoon winds. Inland (including the Central Highlands and Rift Valley) the climate is temperate. The long rains fall from March to May and the short rains fall from late October to December. The best time to visit is usually July to February, and the wildebeest migration usually occurs from mid-July to September.
To start planning your vacation to Mfangano Island Camp
Mfangano Island Camp is a haven of serenity in the middle of Lake Victoria - the optimal escape the hustle and bustle of modern life. There are just six cottages, each set close to the waters edge and decorated with local handicrafts.
Mfangano Island Camp is situated on the unspoiled island of Mfangano in Lake Victoria and occupies an entire secluded bay on the western shores of the island. There is just one road and no other hotels. Mfangano Island Camp occupies beautiful lawns on the lake shore and is shaded by majestic fig trees. As the source of the River Nile, This great lake has romantic associations.
All the buildings around camp are made in the local Luo tribal style, the walls are made of smoothed mud and clay with thatch made from banana leaves. The camp is a perfect hideaway and an excellent combination with your safari as it is reached by a short flight from the Maasai Mara. Mfangano Island Camp provides a unique opportunity to see the colorful life on the lake, where the Luo fishing villages have not changed in centuries. The thrill of catching a mighty nile perch, the king of the lake, can be the highlight. The camp is a perfect place for nature lovers, which excellent birding opportunities and is particularly recommended as a relaxing retreat for honeymooners.
There is a small swimming pool made of natural stone overlooking the lake which is a lovely spot to relax and while away a few hours reading a book or watching the fishing boats float past.
Mfangano Island Camp has just six comfortable thatched cottages, each with a private verandah and sunbeds overlooking the expansive waters of Lake Victoria. The cottages have been built in the local Luo tribal style and are decorated with local handicrafts.
Whilst there are no specific facilities for children they are more than welcome. Babysitting can be arranged if you would like some time out. Additional beds can be added to the rooms to accommodate your family.
Mfangano has its own swimming pool if the cooling waters of the Lake are not tempting enough! All the food is freshly caught (maybe by you!) or picked fresh from the islands vegetable gardens and orchards. Mfangano has excellent chefs ready to create the perfect alfresco dinner or lake-side picnic. Local Luo staff are some of the friendliest people you'll meet and there are also very experienced guides including a specialist ornithologist.
For perch fishing all the specialist tackle that you will need is provided and fishing trips cater for the total beginner as well as the highly experienced fisher. The camp has a fleet of fibreglass speedboats which are staffed by local Luo boatmen. Interesting and abundant birdlife can be viewed by boat or on foot around the island. Various watersports can also be arranged by Mfangano.
Louisa Verney (Staff)
Mfangano Island Camp is one of Kenyas best kept secrets. Just a 40 minute flight followed by a short boat ride from the Maasai Mara, you reach this tranquil island retreat. Whether you want to just lie by the pool overlooking the vast expanse of the lake, go fishing for the elusive Nile Perch or wander into the local fishing village, there is something for everyone.
Location & directions
Lake Victoria, Kenya
Mfangano is situated on the unspoiled island of Mfangano in Lake Victoria and occupies an entire secluded bay on the western shores of the island. Mfangano Island Camp, a small remote hideaway, is a perfect place to combine with your safari. It is only 40 minutes charter flight from the Maasai Mara followed by a relaxing 20 minutes boat ride along the tropical shoreline.
How to get there
It is an 8-hour 30-minute international flight from London to Nairobi, followed by a scheduled flight. Which flies daily from Nairobi Wilson Airport to Kisumu on Kenya Airways (45-minutes). Onwards by either charter flight (approx. 10-minutes) or road & boat transfer (approx. 3-hours).