A private retreat in one of Africa’s most remote and historical corners, Rusinga Island Lodge nestles on Rusinga Island, in the legendary Lake Victoria - the world’s second largest freshwater lake and destination of many intrepid 19th century explorers - in Western Kenya.
Rusinga is 80 miles due west of the famous Maasai Mara Game Reserve.
With their high-thatched roofs, spacious verandahs overlooking lush gardens and the sparkling waters of Lake Victoria beyond, Rusinga’s accommodation comprises six self-contained cottages plus a family cottage with twin room and double room with an interconnecting door.
Bedrooms are either double (with a king size bed) or twin (with two queen size beds) with a living area and dressing area.
Oversized, en-suite bathrooms have double basins and walk-in, ‘soup-plate’ showers.
Combining intimate charm and privacy with the highest level of personal comfort, the cottages are crafted from local materials.
Mealtimes are flexible at Rusinga and, wherever possible, ingredients are home-grown – an extensive vegetable garden provides fresh, organically grown vegetables and the grounds are dotted with fruit trees.
Breakfast is usually served on the lawns – fresh tropical fruits, homemade mueseli, home-made pastries and eggs cooked to order accompanied by bacon, sausages and tomato.
Lunch is also served al fresco – chilled soups, a selection of salads and delicious Nile perch cooked in a variety of ways to Rusinga’s secret recipes and accompanied by mouth-watering home-made breads.
Dinner can be served in the Mess, candlelit on the jetty (wind permitting!), at the gazebo in the grounds or BBQ-style around the floodlit pool.
Although all meals are table d’hote, should a guest have particular preferences or dietary requirements, these will be accommodated wherever possible and with prior notice.
Rusinga is a 20-minute charter flight from Kisumu; a 35-minute charter flight from the Maasai Mara; and a 1 hour 30 minute charter flight from Nairobi.
The airstrip is adjacent to the lodge’s impressive entrance, where you are greeted with ice-cold towels and refreshing, homemade lemonade.
There are a number of daily scheduled flights from Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport to Kisumu where we can meet you and drive you to the lodge. Although a 3-hour journey, en route you’ll see impressive Cambrian rock formations as well as enjoying a 45-minute ferry ride across the lake.