Rusinga Island Lodge is on the shore of Lake Victoria, and its lovely gardens are filled with fragrant blooms and vibrantly-coloured birds. This environment is immediately relaxing, and coupled with warm hospitality, makes the lodge a wonderful base from which to explore the lake and nearby islands. It makes an ideal add-on to a safari, or a peaceful holiday in its own right, and is family friendly, too.
Activities include boat rides on the lake to nearby fishing villages, safaris in Ruma National Park, watersports, bike rides and hikes. The site where the Leakeys made their famous discovery of the Proconsul Heseloni skeleton (the missing link between man and ape) is nearby. At 3,718 feet above sea level, Rusinga Island has a temperate climate making all its activities both pleasurable and viable all year round, though the main rains in April and May may haev an impact on some activities. Days here are generally hot and sunny, and in the afternoon an on shore breeze stirs up, making it very pleasant.
Accommodation at Rusinga Island Lodge is in 9 individual cottages and 1 family cottage with 2 bedrooms. Each cottage is en-suite and has its own veranda overlooking the lake. Electricity is provided by both generator and inverter power offering an electrical supply 24-hours a day, there are phone and internet connections. The food is all freshly prepared and many ingredients are grown in the grounds. Local specialities include fish, straight from the lake.
Open: Rusinga Island Lodge is open all year.
Location: The lodge is on Rusinga Island in Lake Victoria. The lodge has its own airstrip, and is a 90 minute flight from Nairobi. The nearest airport is at Kisumu, from where it takes about 3 hours by car and boat, to reach the lodge.
Rooms: There are 10 guest cottages including 1 family cottage with 2 interconnecting bedrooms (a twin and a double). All rooms have either a double or 2 twin beds, seating, a dressing area and a bathroom with twin hand basins and a shower cubicle, and a veranda.
Activities: Take your pick from bird watching, cycling, walking, kayaking, boat trips on Lake Victoria, fishing and visiting local villages. There are archaeological sites on Rusinga Island you visit, and you can accompany a guide on a walk to Tom Mboya Memorial, commemorating the late political activist. Morning trips to Ruma National Park can be arranged.
Facilities: There is a swimming pool in the grounds. Staff at the spa provide massages, manicures and pedicures. The lodge is set in pretty grounds with lots of places to sit, and has a vegetable garden. The lodge has facilities for croquet, and a selection of board games.
Dining: Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served in a variety of locations including the gardens, jetty and by the pool. Meals are eaten at individual tables.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome.
Health: This is a malarial area.
Communication: There is Wi-Fi internet access.
Eco: Rusinga Island Lodge supports a number of community projects including a school, women’s groups, healthcare initiatives and tree planting.
The lodge founded the Eddie Thackray Memorial School in 2005 and continues to support it. It also provides equipment for the Kageno Trust which cares for local people suffering from AIDS and with limited access to healthcare and clean water. The lodge supports the local Kibisom Women's Group which teaches skills women can use to provide themselves with an income. It also participates in a reforestation project on Rusinga Island.
"I absolutely loved Rusinga! Landing on the bush strip literally outside the lodge door was a bit of an entrance statement and you do feel as though you are in remote Kenya. I took a walk with a local guide to the fossil sites where ancient remains of crocodiles and other creatures were strewn across the ground, really fascinating! The lodge grounds are home to loads of tropical plants and birds and the jacuzzi and pool area very relaxing. The hosting and food here was superb."