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 Pheny, 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.
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.
Okolo house proved to be the perfect stay for us in Kisumu.
I traveled along with two other UK musician to research and record music in and around the local area, and Ngeso's home was the perfect base for us.
Although we didn't actually meet owner Ngeso, he was extremely helpful during our stay and was in constant communication whenever needed.
The house itself is very spacious and well maintained by Joseph who helped us in every way needed, making us feel very much at home and welcome. Located on the edge of Lake Victoria, Okolo House provided the perfect backdrop to our musical adventure, and i very much hope to visit the area again soon.
On a practical note, the Road in Ngeso's house is in a poor condition.
Its amazing that the Kenya Pipe line (who make million s of pounds a day) cannot afford to improve the rd connecting onto the highway, as its unquestionably their heavy lorries that have left the road in such a poor condition.
We had a fantastic Driver who has vast experience driving the length of East Africa, so we had no real problems getting in and out, but a less experienced driver might have more problems.
For us, the more remote location of the House was absolutely prefect and offered us the quite and tranquil surroundings needed to create and process our latest recording project with out Kenyan/Uk project- Owiny Sigoma Band.
Many many thanks for making this trip a great success !!
thank you very much for the excellent review. We're looking into the wasp problem, haven't managed to find a service with the right credentials and documentation for the agents they would use yet (if it's going to involve chemicals, we'd very much like to go by the book, rather than cut corners). But as you so aptly said, these things literally come with the territory.
As regards the road, it's very much a nuisance, althemore so as we have "lost" the airport traffic (due to relocation of the terminal), which would have given reason to maintain public infrastructure better. Alas, we continue to hope.
Thank you very much, and please do call on us again in future!
Last time I stayed at Okollo House I got engaged, This time I got married so it will alaways be a special place to me.
Ngeso is excellent in contacting you promptlyand replying to your queries. He is full of useful advice. I had to make a few changes in dates and he was extremely accomodating. Thanks Ngeso for all your help.
Joseph the caretaker of the house is also extrtemely helpful and kind. On my last day at Okollo House I went out for an evening meal with Kenyan friends and for about 15 mins (unprompted by me) everyone was praising Joseph as "a good guy".
Teresa cleans the house and can do your laundry for a small fee. She is a lady of great dignity, gentleness and grace and did a fantastic job cleaning my clothes.
The house itself is large, spacious and very well appointed. It is nice and cool with a pleasant breeze off the lake and is a peaceful and restful place. it has three double bedrooms so would suit a family.
There are a few things people should note.
1. Okollo House is a few mikes from Kisumu town and the road there is not good. We travelled by ordinary taxis and always made it but if you have your own vehicle a 4x4 is advisable
2. We had some problems with the water supply. There was always some water in the house but for a few days there was none in the upstairs bedroom which is the best bedroom in the house. Not a serious problem( and Joseph did his best to solve it) but a bit of a nusiance.
3. On a few nights we were visited by safari ants (just in the kitchen). Spay kills them but watch out they bite!
Despite these minor niggles I would recommend Okollo House especially to a family looking for a quiet place out of the city. You will find Ngeso Joseph and Teresa will do their very best to make your stay an enjoyable one.
It was good experience, 4 weeks in a middle of ficherman community in a nice house. Negeso before our arrival helped us very good
But during our stay we had litle problem :
Taxi think we had a inexperiment traveller and up the bill, rent car is a bad experience too, the first tine high price, bad car and breakdown in the road. Two time no water and the last week no hot water.
Negeso by mail or by phone is very avaible and hepful but in kenya the nanager Joseph is not very helpfuf and don't adertise us for taxi and rent car. Its minor problem but a lot.
But is a big and very nice house in front of victoria lake. I think Negeso will corrige defaults
Okolo House is a beautiful well apppointed house on the shores of Lake Victoria. It is spacious with 3 double bedrooms and would be ideal for a large family. We had a most pleasant and relaxing stay and soon felt it was 'home'.
The caretaker Joseph Awuondo was fantastic. He could not have been more helpful. The lady who cleans the house (and our clothes for a small fee) was also great.
I can warmly recommend Okolo House especially if you are a large group. You will find it is good value for money.
However potential guests should note it is in a quiet spot a few miles out of town. If you want to be in the heart of city life it is not for you. It is a quiet tranquil retreat.
The road to Okolo House from town is a little rough. If you are hiring a vehicle a 4x4 would be preferable. However we used a very reliable taxi driver (recommended by Joseph) who was able to make the journey (with care) in a saloon car.
If you are a large group visitng Kisumu and want a well apponted home from home in a quiet location Okolo House is ideal for you,
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.