Rusinga Island Lodge

Lake Victoria, Kenya

Rusinga Island Lodge

Rusinga Island Lodge is a remote island retreat on Lake Victoria. A lovely spot to relax after a hot safari, Rusinga offers a great alternative to a stay at one of Kenya's busier coastal resorts.

Rusinga Island Lodge is a charming private island retreat on Lake Victoria, Kenya. It's a place to relax, not to view game, its chilled vibe and lovely facilities a welcome respite after a hot, dusty safari in the Masai Mara. Many will mourn the lack of a proper beach, but for those looking to escape the crowds of Kenya's more prominent coastal resorts, a few nights on Rusinga Island can be a very convenient alternative to a stay at a beach lodge. Guests here can also take advantage of the unique activities available on Lake Victoria, which include excellent fishing.

Rusinga is a small lodge, with just seven cottages, but it enjoys a large area of this sparsely populated island more or less exclusively. The grounds of the lodge extend to the water's edge, providing guests with plenty of space. Far from the crowds, you can enjoy a level of privacy here that simply isn't available on Kenya's coast, or at least not for the same price.

Those looking for a private island lodge on Lake Victoria might also consider Mfangano Island Lodge. Even smaller than Rusinga, this six-bedroom lodge enjoys an exclusive location on the island of Mfangano.


There are seven guest cottages at Rusinga Island Lodge, of which one is a family unit with interconnecting bedrooms (twin and double). Constructed of natural stone, wood and thatch, the cottages have a very rustic feel, and are spacious and beautifully furnished inside. Private verandahs look out towards the lake. The bathrooms feature large walk-in showers, and are supplied with constant hot running water.


The restaurant offers a daily set-menu with two options for each course. Meals can be enjoyed in the main dining room or outdoors when weather permits.


- Restaurant and bar
- Gardens
- Spa


- Fishing
- Birding
- Water sports: water skiing, knee-boarding, tubing
- Mountain biking
- Boat trips around the islands
- A number of walking routes
- Visits to archaeological and ancient rock art sites
- Visit Ruma National Park

Child Policy

Rusinga Island Lodge accommodates children of all ages. There's a family room.