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Mfangano

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Mfangano Island Camp is an oasis of tranquility found in the waters of lake Victoria, shaded by giant fig trees, and lost to the world. The island has just one road and no other hotels to disturb the peace. The only way to reach Mfangano Island is by light aircraft followed by a short ride by speedboat to the camp. Beautiful gardens lawns run down to the waterline, flowerbeds and rock gardens surround the camp. Enormous boulders sit at the water’s edge, a perch for cormorants or giant monitor lizards to sun themselves.

Fish eagles are the most spectacular of the lake’s many species. If you’re lucky you’ll see one swoop to pluck a live fish from the waters. A specialist ornithologist can help you discover colonies of diving cormorants, kingfishers and pelicans. For fishing enthusiasts there are fishing trips on the lake in search of the greatest catch: the Nile Perch, which can grow up to 6 ft long…!

The rooms are thatched with banana leaf, which keeps them cool and airy during the heat of the day. The dining room and lounge are fanned by breezes from the lake. If all you desire is to laze in the sunshine, each room has it’s own private veranda with sunbeds.

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Written by  Julian Carter-Manning.

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