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Mfangano Island Lodge

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Nestled among towering fig trees and far from the world's noise, Mfangano Island Lodge is a peaceful haven, an ideal escape from the fast-paced modern lifestyle. Upon arrival, guests are greeted by exquisite tropical gardens that adorn a secluded bay. Along the water's edge, the lawns embrace the shoreline while rock gardens and flower beds encircle the camp. Huge boulders serve as a basking spot for cormorants or large monitor lizards.

For those seeking relaxation, each room features a private veranda with sunbeds, perfect for soaking up the sun. Alternatively, there are plenty of activities available to keep you engaged. The food is always fresh, sourced from the lake (perhaps even by you!) or harvested directly from the island's vegetable gardens and orchards.

Mfangano Island Lodge is a luxury lodge located on Mfangano Island in Lake Victoria, Kenya. The lodge offers stunning views of the lake and the surrounding islands, and is surrounded by lush tropical gardens. The lodge is accessible by boat or by air, and is a great place to stay for those looking for a peaceful and secluded retreat.

The lodge has 6 unique chalets, each with its own private veranda and en-suite bathroom. The chalets are spacious and beautifully decorated, and are designed to blend in with the natural surroundings. The lodge also has a central dining area, a bar, and a lounge area where guests can relax and enjoy the view.

Mfangano Island Lodge offers a range of activities for guests to enjoy, including fishing, bird watching, kayaking, and nature walks. The lodge is also home to a butterfly sanctuary, and guests can learn about the life cycle of butterflies and the importance of conserving their habitats.

Exuding a natural romantic charm, the lodge is ideal for a romantic getaway. A perfect break for residents and ideal for a bit of self-indulgence at the end of your safari. Moreover, the lodge will satisfy the most active and adventurous guests with a great variety of activities from fishing & cycling to bird watching, walks around the island and boat safaris to ancient rock paintings.

Lapped by the waters of Lake Victoria shaded by giant fig trees, and lost to the world, Mfangano Island Camp is an oasis of tranquility, an ideal retreat from the hustle and bustle of modern life. Your first view is of beautiful tropical gardens set on a secluded bay.

Lawns hug the waterline, flowerbeds and rock gardens surround the camp. Enormous boulders sit at the water’s edge, a perch for cormorants or giant monitor lizards to sun themselves. If all you desire is to laze in the sunshine, each room has its own private veranda with sunbeds. Or there are plenty of activities to keep you occupied. The food’s as fresh as can be, fished from the lake (hopefully by you!) or picked fresh from the island’s vegetable gardens and orchards. Mfangano Island Camp has nine double-bedded cottages, including a beautiful dedicated family cottage, situated right on the lakeshore. Each room has been built in the Luo tribal style, with banana thatch and natural clay.

All rooms offer spectacular vistas across the lake with picturesque dhows sailing by. The rooms are light and airy with four-poster beds. From the dining and lounge area, sit and enjoy the life of the lake as it goes by. There is also a “horizon” swimming pool located right on the lakeshore. Mfangano Island Camp has a stunning honeymoon suite if you are looking for something very special. From your bed, you have almost a 360-degree view of Lake Victoria. The meals at Mfangano Island Camp are superb. Fresh salads and the daily catch of Nile Perch are served to overlook the lake with freshly made crusty bread and chilled wine. Birds sing all day on Mfangano Island. The Cormorants dive for fish nearby or spread their wings to dry in the sun. Sunbirds flit from flower to flower in the lush tropical gardens and weaver birds busy themselves building nests in the trees.

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Mfangano Island Lodge is a great choice for those looking for a luxurious and peaceful retreat in a beautiful natural setting.

How to get to Mfangano Island Lodge

Mfangano Island Lodge is located on Mfangano Island in Lake Victoria, Kenya. There are several ways to get to the lodge:

  • By boat: The most common way to get to the lodge is by boat. You can take a private boat from the mainland, which can be arranged by the lodge or hired from local fishermen. The journey takes around 1-2 hours depending on the weather and can be a scenic and enjoyable experience.
  • By air: You can easily reach Mfangano Island Lodge through scheduled flights from Nairobi to Homa Bay airport, which is only a 45-minute drive away from Mbita. Once you arrive at Mbita, our team can pick you up in our boat and bring you to our stunning Island Lodge in just 30 minutes to an hour. Alternatively, you can also opt for the many daily flights from Nairobi to Kisumu, which is about 3 hours away from Mbita.
  • By road and boat: You can also reach the lodge by road and boat. From Kisumu, you can drive to Mbita and then take a boat to Mfangano Island. The journey takes around 3-4 hours and can be arranged by the lodge or local transport companies.

Regardless of how you choose to travel, it's important to make arrangements in advance with with us to ensure a smooth and hassle-free journey.


What are the 2023 Prices for Mfangano Island Lodge ?

Here are Mfangano Island Lodge Resident Rates:

Mfangano Island Camp Rates

Full Board Only
Excursion Package
1st Dec 2020 – 6th Jan 2021 KES 15,320/- PPS KES 19,150/- PPS

All the Rates are in KES, Per Person Sharing, Per Night
Single Room Occupancy: PPS + 20%

Full Board Only includes:

  • Transfers from and to the Mainland,
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Mineral Water, Tea and Coffee.

Excursion Package includes:

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Mineral Water, Tea and Coffee
  • Transfers from and to the Mainland,
  • Boat Excursion on Lake Victoria
  • Bird Watching
  • Sports Fishing
  • Rock Art Visit
  • Walking

Child Policy:
Children 0 – 16 years: Must share a Room with Adult(s)
Children under 5 years: FREE Sharing with Adults
Children 5-16 years: 50% of PPS

Family Rooms:
Available upon request
Max. 4 Guests
4 + 1 Infant with at least 1 Child (5- 16 years) in the party

Extra Services:
Private Excursion (Boat Excursion to Yourself): USD 50/- per person
(Minimum 2 Pax, only for Excursion Programme)

Quick Info:
Mfangano Island Lodge can be reached by Road and Air.
Road Transfers: Drive to Mbita on Lake Victoria (Approximately 6 hours from Nairobi and be picked up there for the boat ride to the lodge (Approximately 45 minutes).
Flight Transfers: There are daily scheduled flights from Nairobi to Kisumu (by your preferred Airline), then continue onwards with road and boat transfer (approximately 3 hours).Our new lodge in Lake Victoria, Kenya.

Boat departs from Mbita or Rusinga Island Lodge to Mfangano Island Lodge in Lake Victoria, Kenya

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What Hotel Facilities are available at Mfangano Island Lodge?

The restaurant, swimming pool, garden, and lounge bar at Mfangano Island Lodge are all conveniently located just a stone's throw away from the lake, providing guests with easy access to the water's edge. Whether you're in your room or any other part of the lodge, you will always be accompanied by the soothing sound of waves lapping against the shores of Lake Victoria.

Here are some additional facilities and amenities available at Mfangano Island Lodge:

  • Restaurant and bar serving a variety of delicious meals and refreshing drinks throughout the day.
  • Outdoor swimming pool with loungers and umbrellas for relaxation and sunbathing.
  • On-site spa offering a range of massages and treatments to help you unwind and rejuvenate.
  • Private verandas with sun beds in each room for guests to relax and enjoy the sunshine in privacy.
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access available in public areas of the lodge.
  • Meeting and event facilities for conferences, workshops, and special occasions, with scenic lake views and professional equipment.
  • Gift shop featuring local artisan crafts, jewelry, and other souvenirs for purchase.
  • Laundry service available for guests' convenience.
  • Boat rentals and tours available for guests who want to explore the lake further.
  • Private airstrip for convenient access to the lodge via air travel.

Which Rooms Types are in Mfangano Island Camp?


Mfangano Island Camp has nine double-bedded cottages, including a beautiful dedicated family cottage, situated right on the lakeshore. Each room has been built in the Luo tribal style, with banana thatch and natural clay. All rooms offer spectacular vistas across the lake with picturesque dhows sailing by. The rooms are light and airy with four-poster beds.

Mfangano Island Lodge offers a variety of room types to suit different preferences and needs.

  1. Garden Banda: These are cozy and charming bandas nestled within the tropical gardens. Each banda features a private veranda with sun beds, and an en-suite bathroom with a hot shower.
  2. Lake View Room: These spacious rooms offer stunning views of the lake, with large windows that allow for plenty of natural light. Each room has its own private veranda, en-suite bathroom with a hot shower, and a sitting area for relaxation.
  3. Family Cottage: These cottages are perfect for families or groups traveling together. They feature two separate bedrooms, a shared bathroom with hot shower, and a spacious veranda with sun beds.
  4. Honeymoon Suite: This is a romantic and secluded suite, perfect for couples seeking a private and intimate getaway. It features a large four-poster bed, a spacious bathroom with a hot tub, and a private veranda with stunning views of the lake.

All the rooms are elegantly furnished and designed with the comfort of guests in mind.

What are the Foods & Drinks options at Mfangano Island Lodge

Indulge in a delectable culinary experience at Mfangano Island Lodge, where skilled chef prepares mouth-watering meats and fresh "Catch of the Day" dishes to perfection, complemented by an assortment of garden-fresh salads harvested from the lodges' permaculture garden.

Sip on a refreshing aperitif while admiring picturesque views of the lake from Mfangano Island Lodge cozy bar and lounge, or relish a stunning island vista from a rocky perch while savoring your sundowner.

Mfangano Island Lodge, takes pride in using fresh, homegrown, permaculture produce, including leafy green salads, cucumber, beetroot, and an array of herbs and spices for lunch and dinner. Mfangano Island Lodge second farm, located near the Mfangano airfield at Sena, houses free-range hens, which lay delicious eggs for a cooked breakfast and fantastic carrot or banana cakes to enjoy with Mfangano Island Lodge refreshing moringa or mint leaf teas.

Being located on an island, fish is a staple, and we delight in serving freshly caught Nile Perch or Tilapia, grilled or baked to perfection by Mfangano Island Lodge chef. To elevate your culinary experience, Chef Tom's famous sweet chili sauce is a must-try, but beware, it's highly addictive!

Which Hotel Activities are available for guests at Mfangano Island Lodge?

At Mfangano Island, you have the chance to experience the rich cultural life of the lake and witness the vibrant Luo fishing villages that have remained unchanged for centuries. Take a leisurely walk to the fishing village near the lodge, either on your own or with the company of knowledgeable lodge staff who can provide explanations and guide you through the area.

For those who love nature and bird watching, Mfangano Island is a true paradise. In just a 30-minute boat ride, you can reach Bird Island, where you can witness the stunning beauty of nesting White Egrets, Cormorants, and Fish Eagles. However, these birds must constantly stay alert for the giant monitor lizards that pose a threat to their survival.

At Mfangano Island Lodge, we offer a variety of exciting activities to make your stay memorable:

  • Go fishing and try your luck catching Nile Perch or Tilapia, either from the shore or from our boat.
  • Explore the island on two wheels by taking a cycling tour on our mountain bikes, discovering the island's hidden gems along the way.
  • Treat yourself to a relaxing massage at our on-site spa, and let our skilled therapists help you unwind and recharge.
  • Make a difference in the local community by visiting and supporting our nearby school, and experience the warm hospitality of the local people.
  • Take a boat excursion to the ancient rock art in Mawanga Cave and Kwitone, where you can witness some of the oldest and most remarkable art in East Africa while enjoying breathtaking views of Lake Victoria.

Honeymoon and Weddings at Mfangano Island Lodge

Mfangano Island Lodge offers a beautiful and romantic setting for honeymoons and weddings. The lodge's secluded location and tranquil atmosphere provide the perfect backdrop for couples looking to celebrate their love and start their lives together.

For honeymooners, the lodge offers special packages that include private dinners, couples' massages, and romantic excursions such as sunset boat trips and visits to nearby islands. The lodge's luxurious accommodations, stunning views, and intimate setting create an unforgettable experience for couples looking to escape and connect in a secluded paradise.

For weddings, the lodge offers a range of packages and services to help couples create the wedding of their dreams. From intimate ceremonies on the beach to lavish receptions in the garden or under a canopy of trees, the lodge can accommodate weddings of all sizes and styles. The lodge's dedicated wedding planner will work with couples to ensure that every detail is taken care of, from catering and decor to entertainment and photography.

Whether you're looking to celebrate your honeymoon or exchange vows in a breathtaking setting, Mfangano Island Lodge offers a unique and unforgettable experience that will exceed your expectations.

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