Rusinga Island Lodge is a luxurious, lake front private lodge in one of the Islands of Lake Victoria called Rusinga.
In my recent visit to the Lodge after several recommendations and months of drooling on pictures of the lodge I saw online, I finally got an opportunity to spend a few days there.
Intrigued by the manicured lawns, indigenous trees, lake breeze, an extended pier into the lake, delicate and tasty exterior design and the cosy rustic interior design, I was more than excited to call this my home for the next few days.
On the second day of my stay, the Lodge organized a day’s excursion to a neighboring fishing village called Litare.
Rusinga Island Lodge so far tops in my list of the most organized destinations I have been to.
By 9:00 am in the morning, the speed boats used to ferry us to the fishing village were already on location. Traditional boats can also be used to get to the village but for that superstar feel, the speedboats are the best. They also navigate better when the tides are high.
Litare Fishing Village is located on a nearby Island, approximately thirty minutes away.
As you approach the village, you will spot many fishing boats docked during the day because the fishermen mostly fish at night.
Little egrets can also be seen in their numbers neatly perched on the boats. Our guide was quick to point out that they were the laziest bird on the island. They patiently wait to eat the tiny fish brought in by the fishermen.
During the day, it is difficult to see the men of the village. We were told that they only get to catch their sleep during this time of the day, after a long night out in the cold fishing.
The women can be seen drying the fish in large mats outside as a method of preservation before vendors and buyers come for them after a day or two.
There are three types of fish caught by the fishermen. Nile perch, Dagaa(Omena) and Fulu (Similar to Dagaa but bigger in size).
Most of the fishermen leave their homes and come to rent houses in the fishing village but they get to visit their homes from time to time.
Our guide told is that the fishermen are nomadic in nature and the follow the fish patterns as they migrate.
Fishing is the main economic activity in this village.There are so many fishing villages in Homabay County alone.
The fishing boats used by the fishermen are made from Mahogany and Mvuli hardwoods. This wood is imported from Uganda. The approximate cost of wood for one fishing boat is approximately Ksh.30,000(USD 300).
Fishing is done at night using locally hand-made traps. The traps are anchored into the water with the upper side floating on water, then a lantern lamp is attached at the top and the other side is tied to the boat.
The lantern lamp attracts insects such as lake flies at night. When the insects get in touch with the lantern lamp’s hot surface, they die and fall into the water then are used as bait to attract the fish.
As we left the fishing village, the women were busy cooking for their hungry men to get them ready for the next fishing trip.
Did I mention how thrilled I was to ride in a speed boat?
Have you been to a fishing village before? Which one did you like most? Is it similar to Litare? I am curious, let me know!
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