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Mfangano Island Camp

The Camp is located in a secluded bay on Mfangano Island in the eastern part of Lake Victoria, Kenya (closed in April and May)

Camp description

Mfangano is situated on the unspoilt island of Mfangano in Lake Victoria and occupies an entire secluded bay on the western shores of the island.

This great lake has romantic associations as the source
of the River Nile, ever since explorers such as Speke and Burton ...

The Camp is located in a secluded bay on Mfangano Island in the eastern part of Lake Victoria, Kenya (closed in April and May)

Camp description

Mfangano is situated on the unspoilt island of Mfangano in Lake Victoria and occupies an entire secluded bay on the western shores of the island.

This great lake has romantic associations as the source
of the River Nile, ever since explorers such as Speke and Burton came to the area at the end of the last century.

Mfangano Island Camp, a small remote hideaway, is a perfect place to combine with your safari. It is only 40 minutes charter flight from the Masai Mara followed by a relaxing 15 minutes boat ride along the tropical shoreline.

The camp is situated under ancient fig trees right by the lake shore. The six rooms all have stunning views of the lake and offer complete privacy, en-suite bathrooms with bath and shower, basin and flush toilet as well as hot and cold running water. Decorated in the ethnic style, all rooms have four poster beds and private verandas, which gives them a special charm and romance. Each room is open to the lake and offers uninterrupted views and spectacular sunsets.

At the centre of Mfangano Island Camp is a cosy sitting room and dining room, both are open to the lake shore and decorated in beautiful ethnic style. Here you can sit and listen to the waves, feel the breeze in your hair, read a book or watch the dhows on the lake. Birds sing all day long. The cormorants dive for fish or spread their wings to dry in the sun and the fish eagles call from the treetops.

The meals in Mfangano Island Camp are superb. Fresh salads and the daily catch served with freshly made crusty bread made daily and chilled wine.

The lush hillside and Camp surrounds are abundant with indigenous plants and flowers. In the early morning, fleets of multi coloured fishing boats gracefully sail past the bay, and in the evening spectacular sunsets are seen as the sun dips below the unbroken lake horizon.

Governors' Camp, by offering visits to Mfangano Island on Lake Victoria, provides a unique opportunity to see the colourful life on the lake, where enchanting Luo fishing villages have not changed in centuries. For those interested in fishing it is excellent, the bird life is unsurpassed and seeing the families of otters is an added bonus. You can also enjoy walks through lush vegetation on top of the hills or along the lake shore. For those interested in culture, there is the possibility to visit a Luo family and experience their day to day life or visit the school in the next village. All activities are included in the rate. Mfangano Island Camp is a perfect place for nature lovers, and is particularly recommended as a relaxing retreat for honeymooners.

All meals, all activities, airstrip transfers as well as laundry is included in the price. The flight to Mfangano Island Camp is not included in price (except for our day trip offers). Please announce special dietary requirements in advance.

Location: On the western shoreline of Mfangano Island in Lake Victoria, Kenya

Accommodation

Number of beds: 6 rondavels (12 beds)
Double & Twins: 4 Double rondavels and 2 twin rondavels
Facilities: En-suite bathroom with bath, shower, basin, flush toilet, hot and cold running water

Rondavels: Very tastefully decorated thatched rooms, each with private verandah overlooking Lake Victoria (recently renovated to a very high standard)

Other Information

Swimming Pool: Small Swimming Pool made of natural stone overlooking the lake

Electricity: 24 hours generator (220/240 volts UK plugs)

Bar / Restaurant: Open sitting room with bar and dining room, decorated in ethnic style with panoramic views over the lake

Room service: Room service on request. Tea and coffee is served in the rooms with the morning wake up call

Mfangano Airstrip: Length 1.000 m, grass airstrip, Coordinates: S 0027.99 E 0340384

Activities:

Fishing: Boat rides on Lake Victoria for fishing with full equipment (Nile Perch, Tilapia) (included in the price)

Bird watching: Stunning Birdwatching. Various walking trails or boat excursions along the lake shore for bird watching (Black headed gonolek, Double toothed barbet) (included in the price)

Boat rides: Traditional excursions in a ‘long boat’ for sun downers (included in the price)

Culture: Visits to nearby Ancient Rock Art Sites, Luo villages and school

Watersports: Waterskiing, watersports and swimming either in the lake or pool

Active: Trail walking or jogging on Island

How to get there and transfers:

Charter flight: Daily. Duration approx. 40 minutes from any Camp in the Masai Mara followed by a boat transfer to the camp (approx. 15 minutes)

Scheduled flight: Daily from Nairobi to Kisumu on Kenya Airways (45 minutes). Onwards by either charter flight (approx. 10 minutes) or road & boat transfer (approx. 3 hours)

Customs Clearance: Mfangano Island Camp now has customs clearance, this means that you can now fly to or from Mfangano Island to Tanzania and Rwanda. Flights to Tanzania connect with Coastal Aviation’s schedule circuit flights covering most of Tanzania and Zanzibar and flights to Rwanda fly into the capital Kigali. This means that you can now comfortably combine a safari in Rwanda or Tanzania with a short relaxing break at Mfangano Island Camp.

Children: Of all ages are welcome and catered for

Rate includes: Airstrip transfers, accommodation, meals, all activities and laundry

Rate excludes: Flights, drinks and personal expenses

Member of: Classic Safari Camps of Africa

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