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Wayando Beach Eco Lodge
veraz
Level 4 Contributor
30 reviews
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“Beautiful location, wonderful host”
Reviewed May 30, 2012

We just returned from Rusinga Island, and although we didn't stay with Linda at Wayando Beach club, we got a thorough tour of the property and lodging during one of our several lunch/dinner visits at Wayando. We certainly wished we were staying at this B&B because of how cozy it was compared to our accommodations on the island.

To start off, it's located on a beautiful shore of Lake Victoria overlooking another island. Although swimming in the lake is generally not recommended for foreign travelers, the views are spectacular. There are currently 3 finished Cottages, and another duplex in the works. All equipped with bathroom and shower. All the cottages are built with eco-sustainability in mind to preserve and improve the surrounding areas. The lodging looked very cozy!

Since we were mainly there for lunch and dinner, I have to say the food at this B&B is excellent. The food is prepared following all the appropriate cleanliness standards and we never worried about eating uncooked vegetables here, unlike other places. I am still remembering that wonderful green papaya salad and pineapple cole slaw! Linda provides several pricing options which can include breakfast only or all meals. The food is served at the "bar/restaurant" area and the best part is that there was ice cold beer which is quite rare on the island due to intermittent power availability.

I would definitely recommend this B&B to anybody and will stay there next time we return.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled on business
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Northern California
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Reviewed May 30, 2012

Thank you Linda for hosting our team. The drinks were COLD(!!) and the food was fresh and delicious with some tasty twists on the local ingredients, staples, and flavors. I loved seeing your garden and the sustainable manner in which you are building out your property. This really was a great experience that enabled us to be very productive.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled on business
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Kisumu, Nyanza, Kenya
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Reviewed March 30, 2012

Linda, your idea in the Island is great, Superb Cottages, having such a class of home-stay is worth repeating again and again. All my friends where very happy with your services. Keep it up. Count on us.

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with friends
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East Lansing, Michigan
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Reviewed February 20, 2012

I stayed with Linda and staff (thanks, Sam, you were a great guide, waiter, tour agent!) for three nights in February 2012. There is one beautifully designed and decorated banda completed and two more almost finished. My room was spacious, very clean, cool (you are right on Lake Victoria), and the bed was comfortable. Food was wonderful and laundry service was great. Linda, the owner, joined me for meals (I was alone) and she is very personable and friendly.
Activities included taking long runs in the morning (friendly folks around), kayaking on the lake, going for walks (with Sam) up in the hills, going for walks on the northern part of the island (you can drive or hop on the back of a motorcycle) to watch the aquatic birds (amazing). The Club has electricity and gravity fed running water. They have composting toilets. I found it all extraordinarily relaxing.

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Property: Wayando Beach Eco Lodge
Address: Wanyama Kaswanga Road | Between Luando Rhombo and Wayando fishing village, Rusinga Island 40327, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Nyanza Province > Rusinga Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Specialty Lodging in Rusinga Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Wayando Beach Eco Lodge is a Friendly and Intimate Eco Resort on the shores of Lake Victoria. Come rest under the trees or swing in a hammock. We are practicing permaculture and organic gardening and serving our guests wholesome and local meals. Often it is eclectic. Boat tours are easy with our new boat and engine. Guests enjoy bird watching, hiking and cultural exploration. We can organize guided boat excursions for day fishing or night fishing for Omena or to other islands and around Rusinga to look for Hippos. Currently we have four self contained bandas available for guests. In total there are four doubles with large bed each and one single with twin beds for those who want to share a room. An extra bed can be added to two of the bandas for an third person or child.The new banda has a second room with bed. Total of 7 private or semi rooms. Max of 10 to 12 guests. Camping is also available if you want to bring your own tent. We do have several two man tents and available bedding etc. There is room to run so children are welcome. We are relaxed and welcome small groups and families who just want to hang out with the trees and the birds. The water level in the lake has risen incredibly recently so the beach is much eroded. We are hoping the situation on the lake changes back to the way it has been in the past. The bar accommodates about 30 people or more and meals are served buffet or family style. Music is played in the bar but kept low and we have no TV to spoil the tranquility. You are free to chat, dance a bit or play cards or other games that we can supply or you may bring your own. ... more   less 
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