Mbita and Lake Victoria
Western Kenya is one of Kenya's least known and visited regions. The west coast is endlessly diverse and has lush green highlands, tropical rainforests, the great expanse of Lake Victoria - the legendary source of the Nile - and much, much more. The region is home to fascinating cultures, mythology and a history that lives and breathes in sacred sites and thriving traditional festivals. Stunning landscapes, wonderful wildlife, adventures, bird watching and more all await the visitor to Kenya's west coast.

Mbita is a rural community in the province of Nyanza, Kenya, on the shores of Lake Victoria, with an urban population of about 6100, but the population is growing rapidly due to urbanization, new technologies like cell phone coverage and internet connection through cyber cafes, electrification, road improvements, trade and education.

Balmy tropical weather and the clear cool waters of Lake Victoria, make Mbita an ideal place for relaxing.  Wide warm sandy beaches, perfect for swimming, fringe the lake, surrounded by quiet fishing villages and lush green hills.  The lake is ideal for exploration by boat and is regarded as one of Africa's finest fishing grounds.  The place is also a paradise for birdwatchers.

developmentDIRECT, a small UK based charity, has been involved in the Mbita area since 2005, linking schools in the UK with schools in the Mbita area.  At the same time developmentDIRECT has also promoted wider involvement across both communities through health links and has supported a number of projects aimed at improving local education and healthcare services.  The charity regularly organises group visits for education and healthcare professionals travelling on personal development programmes and uses Willetts Safaris to handle the Kenyan logistics on their behalf.

Lake Victoria Safari Village
Lake Victoria Safari Village is a small hotel situated on the eastern shore of Lake Victoria in peaceful surroundings 3 km from Mbita town and just inland of Rusinga and Mfangano islands.  The village consists of attractive round traditional huts thatched with papyrus reeds.  Each double room has its own bathroom with shower and a private veranda overlooking the lake.  It is a comfortable place with a friendly and relaxing atmosphere - a perfect place to relax while gazing out over the lake and the islands beyond.

The lake is famous for its fishing.  There are plenty of tilapia, a sweet tasting local favourite caught along the lakeshores, but the real draw here is the Nile Perch, the world's largest freshwater fish.  Nile Perch reach massive proportions and is a formidable fighting opponent. The lake’s current record is a 90 kg trophy.  Fishing trips on the lake, in traditional canoes powered by an outboard engine or modern speedboats can be arranged.