Located in western Kenya, Rusinga Island is a small island on Lake Victoria, accessed by road bridge from Mbita on the main land. The island is approximately 16km long by 5km wide and is a great place to chill out and experience the laid back local life.
Whilst staying around Rusinga Island there is plenty to do:
~You can check out the local fish markets,
~Go fishing for Nile Perch or Tilapia which you can eat later!
~Take a boat ride on the lake around some of the other islands,
~Swim in the lake,
~Bird watch as Rusinga Island has aver 300 different species of birds,
~Take a boat trip to bird island where you can see 1000’s of water birds roosting,
~Take a ferry to Mfangano Island where you can take an invigorating hike to check out ancient rock art and a 4000 year old cave,
~Visit the archaeological site discovered by Louis and Mary Leakey in 1948 of 18 million year old fossils,
~Visit the Tom Mboya memorial,
~You can also hike up the Ligongo Hills where you can get a view over the whole of Rusinga Island,
~Or for those into wildlife you can take a day or overnight trip to Ruma National Park which is a Rhino sanctuary and also home to Rothschild Giraffe, the rare Roan Antelope, tiny Oribi and many Buffalo amongst others.
For accommodation, we camped at Wayando Eco Camp but there is also the more high end Rusinga Island Lodge available or on the main land near Mbita you could check out Bimoss Beach Resort & Campsite. There are also a few options which can be found on Airbnb.
You can access Rusinga Island by road from Nairobi, Maasai Mara or Kakamega areas, or fly into Kisumu and then take a short drive down the shores of Lake Victoria to Rusinga Island.
If you are interested to make a visit to this largely unexplored area of Kenya feel free to contact us and we’ll take you there!