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Rusinga Island Lodge

Lake Victoria, Kenya Accommodation

Rusinga Island Lodge is 80 miles due west of the famous Masai Mara Game Reserve and is located on the shores of Lake Victoria - the world’s second largest freshwater lake (Lake Superior being the largest). Kisumu Town is 350 kilometers north of Nairobi on the shores of Lake Victoria and 53 km from Kakamega, 83 km from Kericho, 121 kilometers from Kisii and 142 kilometers from Homa Bay.


By air: the trip by air to Nairobi takes around one hour by water: Kisumu is linked by ferry with Kendu Bay, Homa Bay and Mbita (as well as to neighboring countries).

 

 

Rusinga Island Lodge Lake VictoriaRusinga Island Lodge Lake Victoria, Kenya

Rusinga Island Lodge Lake VictoriaRusinga Island Lodge Lake Victoria, Kenya


Rusinga Island Lodge Lake Victoria, Kenya

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Rusinga Island Lodge Lake Victoria; Rusinga Island Lodge boasts an ideal setting on the shores of Lake Victoria with beautiful lawns stretching down to the water's edge.

 

Rusinga Island Lodge is on Rusinga Island by the shores of Lake Victoria in Western Kenya. Lake Victoria is the world’s second largest freshwater lake (Lake Superior being the largest).

 

Rusinga Island Lodge is 80 miles due west of the famous Masai Mara Game Reserve. The most convenient way to reach Rusinga is by private air charter directly to Rusinga’s airstrip which is adjacent to the lodge’s impressive entrance and where you are greeted with ice-cold towels and refreshing, homemade lemonade.

 

Alternatively you can take the daily scheduled flights from Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport to Kisumu where African Spice can meet you and drive to the lodge. Journey takes 3 hours and a 45-minute ferry ride across the lake Victoria. En route you’ll see impressive Cambrian rock formations.

 

Rusinga Island Lodge is renowned for hospitality; delicious home-grown, home cooked food and indulgent accommodation combine to offer an ideal home from which to explore other areas of East Africa. Rusinga Island Lodge with its luxurious accommodation is a great place to relax before, during or at the end of a rigorous and exciting East African Safari.

 

Rusinga’s spacious grounds offer a safe environment for children to release energy and the more active to catch up on exercise. For those wishing to relax, Rusinga’s Wellness Spa offers a nurturing retreat in which to unwind and relax.

 

On the lake, guests may enjoy invigorating water sports and, for the keen fisherman, Lake Victoria’s shallow waters are home to legendary Nile perch growing up to 300lbs. Even the most reluctant fisherman can reap gratification casting off the jetty at sunset for abundant tilapia.

 

Rusinga Island Lodge charm lies in her gracious hospitality, personalized service and fine cuisine. Each guest’s stay is tailored specifically to their individual needs.

 

A place of infinite beauty to calm the mind and rejuvenate the body, Rusinga provides a welcome break before, during or after a rigorous and exciting East African safari.

 

 

Rusinga Island Lodge Lake Victoria, Kenya Rusinga Island Lodge

Rusinga Island Lodge Lake Victoria, Kenya Rusinga Island Lodge

Rusinga Island Lodge Lake Victoria, KenyaRusinga Island Lodge


 

Rusinga Island Lodge Non-Residents Accommodation Prices

Non-Residents Accommodation Rates Per Night Include: Full Board Accommodation

Dates From
Dates To

Single Room

(1 Guest)

Double Room

(2 Guests)

Child Aged 11

Years Sharing

4th Jan 2014
8th Apr 2014
760 US Dollars
960 US Dollars
330 US Dollars
9th Apr 2014
31st May 2014
648 US Dollars
736 US Dollars
140 US Dollars
1st Jun 2014
30th Jun 2014
760 US Dollars
960 US Dollars
330 US Dollars
1st Jul 2014
30th Sep 2014
905 US Dollars
1,250 US Dollars
365 US Dollars
1st Oct 2014
31st Oct 2014
760 US Dollars
960 US Dollars
330 US Dollars
1st Nov 2014
14th Dec 2014
648 US Dollars
736 US Dollars
140 US Dollars
15th Dec 2014
31st Dec 2014
- US Dollars
- US Dollars
- US Dollars

 

Notes

* All rates are inclusive of all taxes, service charge & training levy


Rusinga Island Lodge Non-Residents Rates Include:

* Wi-Fi

* Mountain Biking
*
Swimming Pool
*
Laundry service

* Full board accommodation

* Soft drinks and Mineral Water

* Sundowners & fishing on the jetty

* Guided bird walks around the grounds

* Boat trips - fishing, sightseeing, sundowners

* Guided walks to fishing villages & fossil sites
* 1 Water sports - Water-Skiing, knee board, 'banana'


Rusinga Island Lodge Non-Residents Rates Exclude:

* Jaccuzi
* Spa treatments

* Champagne, spirits

* Transfers to/ from lodge

* Health insurance & gratuities

* Safaris to Ruma National Park

* Cappuccinos, Lattes & Ice Screams
* Extra lunch with drinks - 60 US Dollars

* Road Transfers from Kisumu 400 US Dollars per vehicle each way (includes ferry costs)

 

 

 

Rusinga Island Lodge Residents Accommodation Prices

Residents Accommodation Rates Per Night Include: Full Board Accommodation

Dates From
Dates To

Single Room

(1 Guest)

Double Room

(2 Guests)

Child under 11

Years Sharing

4th Jan 2014
12th Feb 2014

30,000

Kenya Shillings

40,000

Kenya Shillings

7,500

Kenya Shillings

13th Feb 2014
15th Feb 2014

40,000

Kenya Shillings

50,000

Kenya Shillings

10,500

Kenya Shillings

16th Feb 2014
17th Apr 2014

30,000

Kenya Shillings

40,000

Kenya Shillings

7,500

Kenya Shillings

18th Apr 2014
21st Apr 2014

40,000

Kenya Shillings

50,000

Kenya Shillings

10,500

Kenya Shillings

22nd Apr 2014
30th Jun 2014

30,000

Kenya Shillings

40,000

Kenya Shillings

7,500

Kenya Shillings

1st Jul 2014
31st Oct 2014

40,000

Kenya Shillings

50,000

Kenya Shillings

10,500

Kenya Shillings

1st Nov 2014
10th Dec 2014

30,000

Kenya Shillings

40,000

Kenya Shillings

7,500

Kenya Shillings

 

Notes

Rusinga Island Lodge Residents Rates Include:

* Wi-Fi

* Mineral water

* Mountain biking

* Motorized activities

* Fishing on the jetty
*
Full board accommodation

* Guided bird walks around the grounds

* Guided walks to Tom Mboya Mausoleum & fossil sites


Rusinga Island Lodge Residents Rates Exclude:

* Jaccuzi

* Gratuities

* Spa treatments

* Laundry Services

* Champagne, spirits

* Transfers to/ from lodge

* Health insurance & gratuities

* Safaris to Ruma National Park

* Extra lunch 3,000 Kenya Shillings

* Cappuccions, Lattes & Ice screams

* Cocktails, Beers, house wines, soft drinks

* Road Transfers from Kisumu 30,000 Kenya Shillings per vehicle return (includes ferry costs)

 

 

 

Rusinga Island Lodge Lake Victoria Accommodation

Rusinga Island Lodge accommodation comprises six self-contained cottages plus a family cottage with twin room and double room and 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. (Electricity is provided by both generator and inverter power offering a 24-hour electrical supply).


Rusinga Island Lodge Dining

Rusinga Island Lodge mealtimes are flexible 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 al fresco 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.

 

 


 

Rusinga Island Lodge Services & Activities

Rusinga Island Lodge Nile Perch Fishing in Lake Victoria

Rusinga Island Lodge Nile Perch Fishing

Troll for enormous Nile perch along the shores and in the shallow waters of Lake Victoria, or cast for tilapia at sunset from the jetty. Both fish make delicious eating and the kitchen is always on standby to cook your catch of the day!

 

Rusinga Island Lodge’s record for Nile perch – which can weigh up to 300lbs – is 203lbs caught by a lady well below that weight!

There are 6 well-equipped fishing boats crewed by experienced and good-humored Boat Captains to give you the best chance of catching ‘the big one.’

 


 

Rusinga Island Lodge Bird Watching

Rusinga Island Lodge grounds are home to more than 369 species of local and migratory birds, many not found elsewhere in Kenya.

 

From stately fish eagles (which nest within the grounds) and elusive double-toothed barbets to tiny iridescent sun birds and arrow-fast kingfishers, Rusinga truly is a bird-lover’s paradise. Throughout the day, from dawn to dusk, the air is filled with an enchanting chorus of bird calls and songs.

Nearby Bird Islands – a short board ride from the lodge – is one of the most important breeding sites for water birds on Lake Victoria. Vast flocks of cormorants can be seen – wingsoutspanned to catch the sun's rays in the early morning, or keenly watching the water for fish during the day.

 

Magnificent fish eagles soar overhead and swoop low giving excellent photographic opportunities. Bird Islands are also host to spotted-necked otters and huge, prehistoric-looking monitor lizards. Around the lodge genet cats are often seen at night as well as hippo grazing on the lawns. If lucky, you may also catch a glimpse of the nocturnal Egyptian mongoose.

 


 

Rusinga Island Lodge Bikes & Hikes

Rusinga Island Lodge Bikes & Hikes

Rusinga offers some exhilarating activities for the active, as well as a variety of water sports– water skiing, donutting, knee-boarding – there are also mountain bikes.

 

A circumnavigation around Rusinga Island by mountain bike not only affords welcome exercise, but also an opportunity to meet the local community and watch life go by on this small island.

Nearby Mfangano Island is home to ancient rock art, untouched for centuries. A short boat ride across to the island is followed by a hike up to the caves housing the rock art where guides explain the history and significance.

 

A gentler stroll can be taken to visit the archaeological sites close to Rusinga Island Lodge. (see Archaeology & History) For those keen on jogging, as the island has no dangerous animals, it’s possible to take a jog on the airstrip or further afield.

 


 

Rusinga Island Lodge Relaxation & Revitalizing

Rusinga Island Lodge Wellness Spa provides a perfect spot for those seeking revitalization before, midway, or at the end of a hot and dusty safari, blends peace, personal indulgence and relaxation.

 

The Spa’s up-to-date treatments include aroma massages, Spa manicures & pedicures, Reiki and meditation.

 

Rusinga’s lawns are dotted with ‘lounging’ furniture under gracious trees – relax with a good book or simply recline and listen to the abundant bird life.


 

Rusinga Island Lodge visits to the Local Communities & Family Activities

Rusinga Island Lodge swimming pool is designed with both children and adults in mind – the shallow end slopes gently towards the deeper end offering safe waters for young children to play.

 

On the lake, water sports provide great entertainment for children and adults alike and on land, children are free to explore the lodge grounds in safety, searching for monitor lizards and mongoose.

The friendly Luo community fish along the shores of the lake in their colorful canoes and sailing dhows. Rusinga Island Lodge guests are welcomed with open arms at their villages where the night’s catch is set out to dry in the sun and larger fish are smoked.

 

It is also possible to visit local schools and community projects whilst staying at Rusinga.

 


 

Ruma National Park Game drives from Rusinga Island Lodge

Ruma National Park is one of Kenya's most unusual and beautiful national parks. The last surviving group of roan antelope in Kenya can be seen here - a large antelope with magnificent black and white facial markings and swept-back horns. Other special animals include the Jackson's Hartebeest and Rothschild giraffe.

 

Also seen in abundance are oribi, bohor reedbuck, impala, topi, waterbuck and buffalo. Leopards may also be sighted. Due to the remoteness of the park, it is unlikely that guests from Rusinga Island Lodge will see another visitor. A bush breakfast in Ruma is something very special.

 

Rusinga Island Lodge guests wishing to visit Ruma National Park leave the lodge by speedboat at 6.30am. After a 40-minute boat ride on the lake (early mornings are usually calm on the lake), an African Spice Safari Land cruiser meets you at the lakeshore for the short 30-minute drive to the park.

 

En route you'll see typical Luo homesteads. After exploring the park and its inhabitants enjoy a hearty bush breakfast before heading back to the lakeshore for the return boat ride to the lodge, arriving around lunchtime.

 

Ruma National Park was first gazetted in 1966 as Lambwe Valley Game Reserve, and acquired National Park status in 1983.

 

It is situated 10 km east of Lake Victoria in Western Kenya, southwest of Homa Bay and east of Gembe and Gwasi Hills. It lies on the flat floor of the Lambwe Valley, bordered by the Kanyamaa escarpment and includes a section of Lambwe Hills Forest Reserve to the southeast.

 

The terrain is mainly rolling grassland, with tracts of open woodland and thickets dominated by species of Acacia and Balanites.

 

The soils are largely “black cotton” clays. The surrounding area is settled, with a mix of small-scale cultivation and grassy pasture land. Ruma National Park Day Trip | Click Here

 


 

Rusinga Island Lodge Information
Rusinga Island Lodge is open all year round. The climate at Rusinga Island at 3,718 feet above sea level is mild making activities pleasurable and viable year round. Typical daily temperatures range between 20-28 degrees C. Lake Victoria provides some humidity for the air, even during drying spells, making it hard to imagine a more favorable climate.

 

During the months of April and May the long rains – usually falling during the night – may prohibit some activities. The days are generally sunny and hot and evenings clear and warm. In the afternoon a welcome on-shore breeze stirs up, carrying on into the early evening.

 

What to Bring
Sun protection (hats, sun cream, glasses), ankle-length walking boots for hikes, light windproof jackets, swim wear, binoculars, cameras and film. The atmosphere is informal and relaxed. Long sleeve shirts and traditional sarongs are often worn in the evenings.

 


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Booking & Reservations for Rusinga Island Lodge on the shores of Lake Victoria - Kenya

Booking Office Tel: + 254 (0) 20 2437871
Mobile : 0721242711 (Safaricom) - Kenya

Email: info@africanspicesafaris.com

 

 

 

 


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