Lake Victoria accommodation and where to stay

Lake Victoria

The first European ever to lay eyes on Lake Victoria Kenya was so in awe of this captivating expanse of blue that he named it after Queen Victoria in 1858. This was John Hanning Speke and today the lake is a top Kenyan tourist destination. For where to stay in Lake Victoria, browse the accommodation below and find the right package deal for your holiday needs. Lake Victoria hotels and accommodation. Book your safari to Africa with the Kenya holiday experts. Reviews and great rates to the best lodges here. 

The lake supplies the longest river in Africa, the 6670 km Nile River, which flows north through several African countries to the Mediterranean Sea. It’s home to many species of endemic fish, especially cichlids, but invasive fish such as the Nile perch have driven many endemic species to extinction. 

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The world’s largest tropical lake, with an impressive surface area of 68 800 km2, Lake Victoria is about 400,000 years old, its deepest point being 84 meters. Kenya’s share of the Lake is 6% while Uganda has 45% and Tanzania 49%.


  • Shop at the main market at Kisumu, a lively market selling interesting wares and fresh foods. It is unfortunately not possible to swim in these bilharzia-infested waters, but other adventures await.
  • Ruma National Park hosts Kenya’s only population of roans antelope, Bohor’s reedbuck, Jackson’s hartebeest, the tiny oribi antelope, and Kenya’s largest concentration of the endangered Rothschild’s giraffe. 
  • Mbasa Bird Island is home to diverse wetland birds, including breeding long-tailed cormorants, fish eagles, marsh harriers, and little white egrets.  
  • Rusinga Island is the famous site of Mary Leakey’s discovery of a skull of Proconsul Africanus, on display in the Kenya National Museum. Rubondo Island National Park features elephants, giraffes, and chimpanzees! Mfangano Island has two ancient rock art sites with some historically important cave art. 

Voyage2Africa hosts our special guests at Lake Victoria in splendid accommodation on white beaches as part of best-selling Kenya deals

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