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Rusinga Island


Welcome to exotic elegance of Rusinga Island. From the start, the lake’s waters gently lap at the shore of the lodge’s velvet lawns, and its tropical gardens abound with vibrant birds—the perfect mid-safari break, footsteps from where Mary Leakey discovered Proconsul Heseloni. At Rusinga Island Lodge, guests can fish for 300- pound Nile perch, water-ski, enjoy the spa, delight in romantic moonlit dinners on the jetty, or even view game. At the end of the day, you'll retire to your own spacious, thatch-roofed cottage overlooking Lake Victoria.

Rusinga's grounds, with its exotic trees, are haven for a myriad of bird species – many of which are unique to this small corner of Kenya. These spacious grounds offer a safe environment for children to release energy and the more active to catch up on exercise. The Lodge's renowned hospitality, delicious home-grown, home cooked food and indulgent accommodation combine to offer an ideal home from which to explore other areas of East Africa.

A place of infinite beauty to calm the mind and rejuvenate the body, Rusinga Island Lodge with its luxurious accommodation is a great place to relax before, during or at the end of a rigorous and exciting East African Safari. Exuding an atmosphere of serene tranquility, the manicured velvet lawns stretch to the water's edge and the grounds, with its exotic trees are a haven for a myriad of bird species - many of which are unique to this area of Kenya.

Rusinga is widely known for its extraordinarly rich and important fossil beds of extinct Miocene mammals, dated to 18 million years. The island had been only cursorily explored until the Leakey expedition of 1947-1948 began systematic searches and excavations, which have continued sporadically since then. The end of 1948 saw the collection of about 15,000 fossils from the Miocene, including 64 primates called by Louis Leakey "Miocene apes."

The fossil beds are layers of volcanic ash produced by a succession of explosive eruptions during the earliest stages of a volcano that eventually covered an area 75 miles in diameter. The volcano is now eroded down to the frozen magma in its vent that makes up the Kisingiri hills on the mainland opposite Rusinga, and the surrounding remnants of the cone: the semicircular Rangwa mountain range, and the islands of Rusinga and neighboring Mfangano Island.

Life here revolves around the lake and the region's birds. From stately Fish Eagles to tiny iridescent Sunbirds and arrow-fast Kingfishers, The Lodge is truly a bird lover's paradise. The well-watered park like grounds are home to more than 369 species of local and migratory birds, many not found in other parts of Kenya. Throughout the day, from dusk to dawn, the air is filled with an enchanting chorus of bird calls and songs. You don't have to go anywhere to find the birds, they are right there in front you.

You may also take a boat trip to Bird Island where thousands of water birds roost. Giant monitor lizards and spotted necked otters are often seen on the rocks around the islands. Fish eagles soar overhead and swoop down beside the boat to catch fish thrown out by your captain! The Luo fishermen catch fish along the shores in their colorful dhows; only sail and paddle are used here. The people are friendly and you are welcome to visit a village where the night's catch is set out to dry in the sun and larger fish are smoked.

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