Chasing Sunsets at Rusinga Island Lodge

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Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all~ Helen Keller.


Hello my friends! πŸ˜€ I am excited to share with you our first destination post! Rusinga Island is, undoubtedly, the perfect place to begin our 2017 explorations… πŸ™‚

There’s something magical about chasing sunsets, especially when an island is involved! πŸ˜€ This was our main mission as we set out for Rusinga Island… πŸ™‚

Rusinga Island


The Journey to Rusinga Island

Sometime towards the end of last year, Wanjiku Thuo and I were itching for an adventure…  I remember sending her a message reading> β€˜Mombasa Road, Thika Road or Waiyaki way…let’s choose one and go wherever it leads!’ I was ready to go backpacking around Kenya if that is what it would take! πŸ™‚

β€˜Rusinga Island!’ She replied, explaining that she had a standing invite from her friend Mulwa… The place is famed for its epic sunsets, and is generally a photographer’s haven… πŸ˜€

And that is how we ended up aboard an old, rickety Transline bus, one night, heading to Rusinga Island. Arriving in Mbita in the quiet hours of the morning, felt something like a fairy-tale, as the town was still sound asleep.

I had not Googled Mbita, or Rusinga island on purpose. Yes, I know this goes against all my travel advice, but I wanted to keep the suspense alive… πŸ™‚ hehe I had no real expectations, except to see some amazing sunsets.



Later on, we stepped into the hot Mbita sun… One thing was clear though, we were dying to see Lake Victoria in all its glory!



Mbita is a town in Homa Bay County, along the shores of Lake Victoria. It is about 150Km from Kisumu. After our hot walk through Mbita town, we rode motor bikes to Rusinga island Lodge. This is the main mode of transport in the area, as buses mainly ply the main routes to Homa Bay.


Rusinga Island Lodge

When we arrived at the lodge, Wanjiku and I could barely feel our limbs thanks to the long ride. Yet, this was the adventure we had been itching for, no? πŸ˜€

Still, what lay ahead of us was well worth it! I was immediately struck by the change in atmosphere as we walked into Rusinga Island Lodge. You could feel a cool breeze blowing in from the lake.



We were well-received, and I noticed that we were the only guests present, which worked just fine for us. πŸ™‚

The place is beautiful and calm, with well-manicured gardens and lawn chairs spread out for guests.




Uniquely-done Cottages

We were shown to the rooms, which are built in a unique, cottage style.




The bathrooms stood out particularly, for their natural, earthy look.


They rate in the range of 220 USD for single rooms, and 320 USD for their double rooms during low seasons.

It’s perfect for families and groups of friends as they have plenty of space to cater for all. A honeymooning couple would certainly enjoy the solitude of it.

The Pier of my Dreams

This was the  highlight of my time at Rusinga Island Lodge. Walking on the pier into the lake, was a blissful experience. Plus, it offers breathtaking views of Lake Victoria.




Lake-side Foodie Experience

I will simply let the pictures do the talking…. πŸ™‚




With about Kes. 1,000 to Kes. 2,000, you can get a good fish meal, with an accompaniment. The fish is freshly caught from the Lake, and seriously yummy! πŸ™‚

Catching the Sunset

Our day trip to Rusinga Island Lodge was heaven-sent…. When the sun finally went down for the day, I knew for certain that the stories about the sunsets are true.



Many thanks to Mulwa for hosting us and showing us the beauty of this amazing place. And a big thank you to Wanjiku for letting me come along on this sunset-chasing adventure. πŸ™‚

Travel Tips:
  • Drive down to Mbita, for a better travel experience
  • Carry sunscreen, wide hats and an umbrella to protect yourself from the hot sun
  • Rusinga Island Lodge can organize airport pick-ups from Kisumu Airport on request
  • The lodge has an airstrip for chartered flights
  • You might want to take anti-malarial medication as a precaution. There is a sub-district hospital in Mbita town, in case of emergencies
  • There are various activities organized by the Lodge that you can partake: Bird-watching, fishing and water sports
  • Beware of hippos in the lake-check with the lodge staff on this



Thank you so much for reading!  Honestly, my friends, travel is never perfect… Yet, those quiet and uniquely unperturbed blissful moments always make it worth the trouble. And the adventurer within keeps going back for more. πŸ™‚

I hope you have enjoyed the post! I love hearing from you, do leave your comments, questions and feedback in the Comments’ section below. πŸ™‚

P.S. Stay Inspired!

P.S.s. Catch up with our Best of 2016 posts HERE




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  • Reply
    February 5, 2017 at 7:56 pm

    And let 2017 travel plans begin

    Beatiful piece as always mami..

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      Scrapbook Journeys
      February 8, 2017 at 5:36 pm

      Thank you Dicie! And Yes! Let the travels begin May you have a wonderful year of travel!!

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    January 31, 2017 at 6:29 pm

    I have enjoyed this piece.The scenery is great and without any doubt,i will definately hope 2 be there some time.God bless u!!

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    January 24, 2017 at 9:52 am


    Nice one. Thanks for visiting one of the places I have always wanted to visit…perhaps this year will be the magic year for me? Let’s see as you have wet my appetite. BTW# do they have TV in the rooms?

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      Scrapbook Journeys
      January 25, 2017 at 5:43 pm

      Irene! Hi there πŸ˜€ Well, I am excited to hear this is on your bucket-list, so for sure this year has to be the magic year.. πŸ˜€ Yes, they do have TVs in the rooms, one of the pictures had a Tv in it, but it looks like it didn’t make it to the blog…Hehe πŸ˜€ Thanks for reading dear. πŸ™‚

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    Stella Nguu
    January 21, 2017 at 2:41 pm

    The sunset is beautiful. Need to do my own chasing. Always loving your posts, and the pics.

    • Reply
      Scrapbook Journeys
      January 25, 2017 at 5:41 pm

      Thanks Stella! You know anytime gets inspired to travel, I get excited! Yaay, that’s the spirit! Many thanks for always reading!

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    January 20, 2017 at 5:48 pm

    That’s so amazing. Thank you for bringing out our natural beauty

    • Reply
      Scrapbook Journeys
      January 25, 2017 at 5:40 pm

      Thanks Viv! Yes, I am glad I could experience your part of the country-totally worth writing about!

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    Nesh Kanja
    January 20, 2017 at 4:00 pm

    amazing piece and read there. indeed 2017 has started on a high very high note. looking forward to a better 2017 and can’t wait to know what lays out there for us.

    in other news, you beat me to Rusinga even, happy soul with jelosy jelosy in me.

    keep the good job

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      Scrapbook Journeys
      January 25, 2017 at 5:39 pm

      hahaha honestly! I think I am going to start a list of things I beat you to, since I can never reach your amazing track record on Mountain climbs… πŸ™‚ haha πŸ˜€
      And Amen to a better 2017, let’s keep going! Thanks for reading dear. πŸ™‚

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    Wanjiru Nyoro
    January 20, 2017 at 2:41 pm

    Such a gorgeous place! I can’t wait to visit and experience it for myself! And that sunset,gosh! It’s got me feeling some typa way!
    I absolutely love the pictures,great job Marion and Wanjiku!

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      Scrapbook Journeys
      January 25, 2017 at 5:37 pm

      Thanks a lot Wanjiru Nyoro! Yess…nothing beats personal experience! πŸ˜€ Haha, I know such sunsets…. *sigh. Many thanks lady! πŸ˜€

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    enid nzisa ngovi
    January 20, 2017 at 12:30 pm

    Wow!!! I have always thought there would be nothing good there…but now!!! *BOOKING MY TRANSLINE TICKET*

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      Scrapbook Journeys
      January 25, 2017 at 5:52 pm

      Enid! Haha, I feel you! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ Oh how I wish there was some other means to get to Mbita… I have to tell you in advance that the ‘travel’ bit can be rough, but once you get there…it is too amazing to matter. πŸ˜€
      It is my hope that other bus providers make their services available to Mbita, it will make all the difference πŸ™‚
      In the meantime, don’t let this stop you, have fun girl! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

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    Grace Njeri
    January 20, 2017 at 10:50 am

    Marion, I didn’t know Kisumu was this beautiful!!! I just want to go there now and stay in the exact room and do the exact things you did πŸ™‚

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      Scrapbook Journeys
      January 25, 2017 at 5:35 pm

      Hi Njeri!! Hehe this totally made me happy! πŸ˜€ Thanks for reading, and I totally feel you! It’s amazing how much our country has in store of us, right? Yes, yes do go! You will love it! πŸ˜€

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    January 20, 2017 at 10:20 am

    The Place looks lovely and magical. The piece is wonderful I’ve felt like am in the place already. The Fish caught my eye just love it…

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      Scrapbook Journeys
      January 25, 2017 at 5:33 pm

      Thanks Maggie! I am glad to read that you enjoyed the piece. It is my hope that you will visit Rusinga in person, for sure! Hehe I feel you, that fish is yummy-even in my mind right now!

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    January 19, 2017 at 8:34 pm

    I went there long time ago 2006, for other reasons although not rusinga island lodge. Wow… its actually a very beautiful place .. Kenya keeps surprising us what a wonderful place…

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      Scrapbook Journeys
      January 25, 2017 at 5:29 pm

      I couldn’t agree more Phina! Truly Kenya is a box of surprises! I hope you go back and experience it anew… πŸ™‚ Thanks for taking time to comment! Super appreciated πŸ™‚

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    January 19, 2017 at 6:43 pm

    This is awesome. Can someone do a day trip there maybe for just a meal/drink or one must spend the night there?

    Wanjiku Thuo… Perfect photography right there

    • Reply
      Scrapbook Journeys
      January 19, 2017 at 7:31 pm

      Hi Mukuhi! Lovely to read from you!
      Yes it is possible to do a day trip to Rusinga Island Lodge, provided you have an alternative place to stay for the night…

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    January 19, 2017 at 6:32 pm

    Keep going… I love the sunset! I can’t wait to travel!

    • Reply
      Scrapbook Journeys
      January 19, 2017 at 7:31 pm

      Thank you dear, always great to read from you.
      Yes, Amen to traveling!

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    Wanjiku Thuo
    January 19, 2017 at 6:10 pm

    It feels very good to read my feelings from someone else.
    Surely gems are hidden and have to be searched for from deep in to places. This is one of them.
    #Salivatingagain LOL

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    January 19, 2017 at 6:01 pm

    I loooove this piece. Never thought of going down those sides but it’s now an option 2017 looks awesome for scrapbookjourneys

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      Scrapbook Journeys
      January 19, 2017 at 7:33 pm

      Thank you dear! Kenya just keeps surprising us this way, and I love it for that Amen to an awesome 2017!

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