Litare Fishing Village-Litare Island,Homabay Kenya.

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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15 thoughts on “Litare Fishing Village-Litare Island,Homabay Kenya.

  1. Reply
    Denis - January 29, 2017

    ? the land of omena. Wonderful people down there #twendewestern #TembeaKenya

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    Charity - January 29, 2017

    Beautiful, it’s about time we changed the travel/holiday trend to the other parts of Kenya’s hidden gems.
    The write up and photos are on point, would make anyone have the curiosity to visit, experience, adventure and explore.

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    Olesya - January 30, 2017

    Wow, I love this. Amazing pictures too. I love that you’re spreading awareness about a place most travelers don’t go to.

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    Wendy Maes - January 30, 2017

    I was in a fishing village in Senegal (Mbout). It’s so impressive to see the fisherman come home while all the wives are waiting on the beach. It’s a must do

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    Laura - January 30, 2017

    Sounds like a beautiful hidden gem. The photos are gorgeous and I bet the food there is amazing too!

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    Together In Thailand - January 30, 2017

    So nice that they made the arrangement for you to visit this fishing village. That’s a lot of fish they caught! and they are so tiny. WHat hard working people to be able to do that at night in the cold.

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    Myra - January 30, 2017

    I wonder how fresh fulu and omena would taste. This is a plot ?

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    Hendrik - January 30, 2017

    Such a beautiful private lodge! Looks really “paradisish”. The fishes are really tiny, hard to imagine to get full from them 😉
    I just hope that fishing will also be still in many years possible there for these fishermen, since it is such important economical base for the people there.

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    Gokul Raj - January 31, 2017

    Wow…that is nice and quiet place. Perfect for an introvert like me.

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    J - January 31, 2017

    The waters are so clear……
    Loved the description of the place; very vivid, mental image imprinted!

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    Izzo - January 31, 2017

    Lovely. A place to be indeed. The description of the Egret birds has made my day… Laziest! But smart I must say. Keep the good work. Kenya is captivating

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    Nomadic Foot - January 31, 2017

    i always knew Kenya as a place of wild life only but you changed my perception. This part of the Kenya also good.

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    Samantha - February 1, 2017

    What stunning pictures – this has absolutely made my wanderlust go on high alert! This village is absolutely beautiful. Thanks for sharing these pictures and your insight.

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    Carola - February 3, 2017

    Wow! I didn’t even know there were islands on the Kenyan side of Lake Victoria. Crossed from Mwanza to Bukoba in 2012 and it was a beautiful journey.

    Happy continued travels!

  15. Reply

    That little fish you caught is so tiny. Very cute post and excellent pictures! 🙂

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