About this listing
Welcome to Kisumu on beautiful Lake Victoria, and welcome to Okolo House!
Placed on a beach property on the Victoria lakefront in the secluded fishing village of Usoma across Kisumu Bay, Okolo House offers a perfect alternative for guests seeking an independent, secure and private solution to their accommodation needs in the heart of Western Kenya and the lake region.
Okolo House is an owner-operated, self-contained, fully furnished and well-appointed private residence offering 330 square metres of living space, including
- a Lakeview Master suite with ensuite bathroom and dressing room
- a Guest room with ensuite bathroom
- a Guest room with a separate, dedicated bathroom
- a large living room with fireplace, upholstered sofa seating, colour TV and a dining room table seating 6 persons
- a full American kitchen with handcrafted wooden cabinets, natural stone surfaces, 4-field gas range and oven, and stand-up refrigerator and freezer
- a small library with an assortment of English language fiction and current affairs titles
- 2 large, fully furnished living terraces facing Lake Victoria with spectacular all-day and sunset views.
Our lakeside and landside gardens are fully landscaped with palm trees. The house is separated from the access road by a 1000 square metre front garden containing private drive, car parking space and our caretaker cottage. Our property is completely walled, gated, floodlit at night and protected by our three family dogs.
Throughout your stay you will be hosted by our able manager Joseph and his wife Winnie, who live on site permanently, as well as our house caretaker Teresa. We provide all lodging services, including cleaning, linen, laundry and domestic delivery services free of charge. While we do not expressly provide meals, our staff will be more than happy to prepare simple traditional Luo lakeside fare on request and against a market charge.
Kisumu, the third-largest city in Kenya, is a bustling commercial town with a relaxed and charming tropical flair, that is refreshingly removed from the constraints and congestion more readily associated with typical urban areas in the region. As the predominant commercial centre on the western lakeboard, Kisumu offers all day-to-day services, excellent tourism facilities, as well as the most friendly and outgoing people. The city centre hosts a variety of supermarkets and grocery shops providing for all culinary needs. The city market, with its colourful vegetable and fish stalls, is worth a particular visit. Our staff will be glad to accompany and expertly assist you on your shopping trips.
Along with restaurants and beach clubs to suit every taste and fancy, the town is home to the Impala sanctuary, giving a glimpse of the spectacular fauna and flora for which East Africa is world-renowned. Kisumu’s 9-hole lakeside golf course is conveniently located 3 kilometres from Okolo House. The new Kisumu Airport is a short 10-minute drive away and offers daily connections to Nairobi and destinations across East and Central Africa, as well as charters to holiday destinations in the region.
We, Ngeso Okolo and Claudia Ramge, would be pleased to open our home to you on your next visit to Western Kenya. For further information and advice in tailoring your stay, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Other things to note
Please be advised, that - as a private, non-commercial residence - we maintain an invitational policy in selecting our guests based on their shared profile data. The more information visitors provide, the more favourably we will consider accommodation requests.
We consider ourselves to be easygoing. While not wanting to impose any set rules on how you favour your stay, we would very much ask for you to treat our home with care, and to leave it remaining as found. We would also ask our visitors to treat our staff and our dogs well.
During your stay you will perhaps notice local women and men going on with their daily lives and business in the vicinity of the house, as well as lots of small children running about. As members of the Usoma community we share a particular concern for the people of the village and their wellbeing. They are our valued neighbours, and they provide us with an immeasurable sense of goodwill and security. It is our policy to employ and aid people from the village wherever possible. If you would like to contribute to our efforts in any manner that you deem beneficial, please do not hesitate to consult us directly.
Cancel up to 5 days before your trip and get a full refund, including service fees.
I'm an architect practicing in the Frankfurt region of Germany, where I've been living since 1987. I grew up in Nairobi, which is my hometown. My paternal family comes from an area called Nyakach, which lies about 40 miles south-east of Kisumu. Claudia, my better half, is Spanish-German. Together, when not busy at work (and she's an architect as well), we spend most of our spare time travelling, including multiple yearly trips to Kenya and Spain (where we have another house, that she has listed under her profile https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/896282 ).
If you're curious about travelling to Kenya, and maybe even specifically to the western regions of the country, don't hesitate to get in touch with us, for an offer or just friendly advice. See you then.