Kisumu & Lake Victoria

You might not think so, but you don’t necessarily have to go to the coast for a beach with palm trees. Go off the beaten track and discover the tropical havens of Lake Victoria! With an area of ​​69,484 km2, Lake Victoria is the largest lake in Africa. Combine this with a nice small, vibrant African city and experience the exceptional ‘lake culture’.

Nice city near Lake Victoria: Kisumu

Kisumu is a charming and friendly town on Lake Victoria, and the third largest city in Kenya after Nairobi and Mombasa. This vibrant city is the largest in Western Kenya and offers a rich mix of culture and nature. 

The hotspot on Sundays for everyone in Kisumu is Tilapia Beach. Delicious African food with a view over Lake Victoria. Less of a fish fan? No problem, in Kisumu there are many members of the 44th tribe of Kenya: Indians! They have introduced the wonderful smells, colors and flavors of Indian cuisine to Kisumu. Some tuk tuks have also come along, making it easy to get around this city. Visit one of the African markets or have a picnic in the park. 

Our favorite place in Kisumu: Dunga Hill Camp

Our favorite hangout in Kisumu is Dunga Hill Camp. Located directly on the shores of Lake Victoria, you can enjoy the most beautiful sunsets over the lake, with cold drinks and tasty snacks on the table and live music in the background…

Cycling through Kisumu

Discover Kisumu by bike! A tasty exploration of Kibuye Market, where local delicacies and delicious Kenyan dishes are waiting to be discovered. Don’t forget to grab a snack as you cycle to the Masai Market, a charming street filled with handmade crafts and jewelry, steeped in the rich culture of the Masai tribe. To learn more about the history and traditions of Kenya, stop at the Kisumu Museum, where you will be immersed in a world of prehistoric fossils and traditional crafts. 

After a hearty Kenyan lunch, you cycle to Dunga Area, where you can catch your breath with a well-deserved drink before getting ready for the boat trip on Lake Victoria. Be enchanted by the beautiful surroundings and expansive shores as you listen to your guide’s stories about the fascinating world of hippos, birds and fishing that make the lake so meaningful to the people of Kisumu.

Meet Brian!

Brian is our tour guide in Kisumu. He was born and raised in the city and shares his love for Kisumu with great passion. “If I can show the travelers of Charlie’s Travels how beautiful the city is, they will then share this with the world.” Kisumu is diverse and there is a lot to discover. African markets, art school, djembe sessions, treasure hunts, Brian provides a tailor-made experience. The appreciation he gets in return: that’s what he does it for!

Island hopping at Lake Victoria: Mfangano and Takawiri

Despite its size, Lake Victoria is surprisingly shallow: only 81 meters at its deepest point. From Mbita you can take the ferry to Mfangano Island or the tropical Takawiri Island. Mfangano is a beautiful green island with a mountain in the middle of the island, where you can hike to the top in about an hour. If you, as a Dutchman at heart, want to stay closer to your roots, then exploring the island by bike is a unique experience. Takawiri Island, on the other hand, has all the ingredients for the park-your-butt-on-the-sand-and-do-nothing-all-day recipe: a white beach, palm trees, a luxury resort and an almost uninhabited environment. For camping fanatics, there are also special spots right next to the lake, so you can fall asleep to the sound of the waves.

Mfangano

Mfangano is a beautiful green island with a mountain in the middle, perfect for a hike of about an hour to the top. Once at the top you have a great view of Lake Victoria and the other islands. It is also great fun for the Dutch to explore the island by bike.

Takawiri Island

Takawiri Island is the perfect destination for a relaxing day. With its white beaches, palm trees, luxury resorts and almost uninhabited surroundings, it offers everything you need for a day of doing nothing on the beach. You can swim or SUP in the clear water here and completely relax.

Experience culture at Rusinga Island Museum

Do you want to experience some culture? Then visit the Rusinga Island Museum. Located on beautiful Rusinga Island, this museum offers interesting exhibits on local culture and history. Here you can view artifacts from the early inhabitants, learn about traditional lifestyles and enjoy the arts and crafts of the locals. The museum is a great place to learn more about the heritage of Lake Victoria and to do something other than lie bare on the beach. 

Ndere Island Trek & Kit Mikayi Rock

Explore the hidden treasures of Ndere Island, set amidst the enchanting Lake Victoria. The adventure actually begins as soon as you board a 45-minute boat ride from Bao Beach to the Director’s Jetty. From there follows a walk to a viewpoint where you can really feast your eyes… Enjoy the views of the surrounding Homa Hills, Mageta Island, and even Ugandan Kampala on the horizon.

Set out early in the morning, when nature awakens and comes to life. This is the time when you can catch a glimpse of hippos, crocodiles and the rare sitatunga. Don’t forget your binoculars to spot colorful birds such as the African osprey.

On the way back you can stop at Kit Mikayi. Steeped in significance to the local Luo community, this rock formation offers not only spectacular natural scenery, but also a cultural experience. During your walk to Kit Mikayi, your guide will tell you all about the myths and legends about this sacred place. Upon arrival you will be rewarded with breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape and beautiful Lake Victoria. Doesn’t sound crazy, right?

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The team lives and works all over Africa and therefore has a lot of first-hand knowledge and experience.

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Wherever Charlie and his team travel, they develop new routes and experiences together with local entrepreneurs.

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