Mfangano Island Camp is located on the shores of Lake Victoria and is an ideal retreat from the hustle and bustle of modern life. The island has just one road and no other hotels to disturb the peace. All the buildings are in the local Luo tribal style, with walls of smoothed mud and clay, roofs of thatch and banana leaf. The design keeps interiors cool and airy.
There are just nine guest cottages, all set close to the water's edge, decorated with local handicrafts and all with ensuite bathrooms. Each room has its own private veranda with sunbeds where you can relax in privacy and take in views of Lake Victoria and passing dhows. The cosy dining room and lounge are fanned by breezes from the lake. The cuisine is based on fresh local produce including fish from the lake and fruit and vegetables from the gardens. Meals are served in the gardens overlooking the lake and in the dining room.
During your stay you can go fishing and boating on the lake, which is also perfect for swimming. The birds and wildlife of the area are fascinating and you are welcome to join a guide on a walk in the vicinity of the camp. The local people are very friendly and you can visit local villages, many of which the camp supports through community projects. Other activities available include exploring the island by bike and visiting rock art sites.
Open: Mfangano Island Camp is open from the beginning of June to the end of March.
Location: The lodge is the west coast of Mfangano Island in Lake Victoria. It has its own airstrip, a short boat ride away.
Rooms: There are nine cottages, all with four-poster beds and an en-suite bathroom with hot and cold running water, a bath, shower, hand basin and flush toilet. Toiletries are provided. All rooms have private lake-facing verandas with sun loungers. The honeymoon suite has a sunken bath and panoramic lake views from the bedroom. Room service is available on request.
Activities: You can go sailing, take a trip to Bird Island, go fishing, walk to a local Luo village, explore by mountain bike, and visit Mwanga Cave and Kwitone shelter to view ancient rock art.
Facilities: There is an open-sided lounge-cum-dining area and options for private dining on the jetty and by the lakeshore. The camp has a massage room and a swimming pool near the edge of the lake. The camp is in pretty, bird-filled gardens. Bicycles are available for exploring the local area. There is a free laundry service.
Dining: Meals make use of fresh fish and fruit and vegetables from the camp’s garden. Breakfast and lunch are often served outside in the gardens, with dinner eaten in the dining room.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome.
Health: This is a malarial area.
Communication: There is limited mobile phone coverage, and Wi-Fi internet access in the bar.
Eco: Mfangano Island Camp is committed to the local community and raises funds for a local schools and a clinic, and is instructing local people in permaculture, as practised on its own land, to help them farm the land is a sustainable fashion.
The camp commits time and funds to Kakrigu primary school and Mawanga primary school, both of guests can support through donations to the camp. It also supports St Lukes clinic in Sena to enable it better to serve the community. The camp is actively involved in helping local people understand the benefits of permaculture and out these into practice.