Those of you who follow me on social media know that we just got back from the most amazing trip to Mfangano Island Camp in Lake Victoria. We spent three days by the lake, enjoying the waves, the breeze, and getting into island life. (Claire has started calling herself “Lake Girl.” Ha!) Here are some photos, if you’d like to see…
Claire and Heidi loved the boat ride across the lake to Mfangano Island. En route, we saw loads of birds, fishermen, and a glimpse of daily life for the inhabitants of the island. The girls took turns “driving” the boat (thanks, Captain Michael!), and an hour later we pulled up to the jetty at Mfangano Island Camp.
The camp itself is incredibly charming. The cottages are romantic, beautifully-conceived, and designed to blend in with the flora on the island. There are nine cottages scattered throughout the property, all with lake views, and all surrounded by mature trees and gardens.
We stayed in the honeymoon suite (!!!), a cottage built on a massive lakeside boulder. From my bed, I had a sensational 180 degree open-air view of the lake. (The girls wanted my bed – hah!) The truly special thing about our cottage was the bathroom, with its sunken bathtub and panoramic view. The kids enjoyed a warm bath each day after swimming, and this was actually one of the highlights of the trip for them!
The days were super chill and relaxing. While the girls played along the shore, looking for treasures, I gazed at the lake and enjoyed the quiet time. I came home with a bag full of seashells, rocks, and sea glass that they found along the beach!
The food was incredible, and we ate our weight in homemade goodies from Mfangano’s garden. (The sweet chili sauce is delicious, but beware, it’s heat level 100!) The chef was also really open to catering for the kids, making homemade fish fingers, burgers, and fries for them as well.
We finished each day by watching the awe-inspiring sunset over the lake, and falling asleep to the sounds of the waves splashing up against the rocks. My kids have never slept better – the lake is the best white noise ever! I even watched some Downton Abbey on my laptop after the kids went to bed, and they never heard a thing…
On our last day, we paid a visit to Mfangano’s permaculture garden, which even includes a budding fish farm. I was so inspired by some of their space-saving techniques, and I can’t wait to put them to use in our own backyard garden!
On our way back to the mainland, we made a trip around Bird Island, known for (you guessed it) its abundance of birds. We spied egrets, cormorants, kingfishers, herons, and more. (And the kids loved the gigantic iguana-like lizards sunbathing on the rocks!)
Mfangano Island, we miss you already, and can’t wait for our next visit!
Governor’s Camp offered me free accommodation for this trip, and no additional compensation. I have written my honest opinion about our experiences during our stay, and all words are my own. Thanks to my friend Ariana and the whole team at Mfangano Island Camp for an unforgettable trip!