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“best place in kisumu” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Kiboko Bay Resort

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Kiboko Bay Resort
Ranked #3 of 26 Hotels in Kisumu
Certificate of Excellence
Mumbai (Bombay), India
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481 reviews
159 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 941 helpful votes
“best place in kisumu”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2012

a very famous n best place in kisumu..with a wonderful view of lake victoria..calm place with very fresh air and a great view. Food is good with the great management. cottages are clean and nice.
i havent stayed there but spent an evening with my friends. perfect place to hangout. As per me there were only two best places in kisumu ..the club at nehru road and the kiboko resort.. must visit for kisumu visitors.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Lalbahadur
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Nairobi, Kenya
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23 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 April 2012

Visited Kiboko bay for tea and dinner.Finding your way here is a herculean task given its location right in the middle of unplanned dwellings with minimum road signs even for the hotel.Local residents otherwise very helpful in guiding.Awesome location and premises, nice looking tents-will check on them later.Enjoyed the garden, awesome sunset,lakeside seating on rocks, tea and a great dinner. Patrons taking boat rides seemed to be having a ball.Wry sense of humour at the pool -"my 'ool' has no 'p' so don't 'p' in my pool!)
My disappointment-Service was simply so dull.We were informed so rudely of the fact that they couldn't serve tea from the pool bar after six-no problem but a little courtesy goes a long way in delivering the same message. Had an instance where one service lady literally shouted at a client that the toilet is out of order from across the room!This mediocre service was repeatedly shown entire evening except one waiter who got a 5 star rating from the entire group for his courtesy, advise and demeanor.
For such a strategic and prime location, our groups view was that it is quite underutilized, especially spaces that maximize the lakeside views-garden seating etc.Did not get a reasonable answer why the jetty and seating space was sealed off....could make a superb place for enjoying the lake/sunset. An effort could be made to spruce up the entrance &parking which feels as if it is a flow of the surrounding housing chaos until you are literally inside the hotel.
Kiboko bay-fair enough you can do much better.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Nush
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Kitale, Kenya
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11 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 April 2012

I wasn't sure what to expect driving up to Kiboko Bay Resort - the area of town was a little iffy, but I must say, I was VERY pleasantly surprised! The staff at Kiboko Bay were very friendly and helpful, the tent/cabins were simple, but clean and comfortable and well appointed (refrigerators, fans, safes, nice bathroom/shower, and very comfortable bed), and each tent has a "front porch" all effectively enclosed and screened in to prevent mosquito problems. The view of Lake Victoria is beautiful, and there are boats for hire right there at the resort which provide 1 or 2 hour tours of the lake, complete with bird watching and hippo sightings. The guides are skilled and knowledgeable about the lake and its environment. Its a truly Kenyan experience complete with a leak in the boat, but these guides know what they are doing, and I would do it again in a heartbeat - we even had our children with us. The food was good, and the fish was very tasty (if you like fish). I would visit Kiboko Bay Resort again, and would highly recommend it as well.

Room Tip: There are a few tents with better lake views than others.
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank Julie T
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Kenya
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99 reviews
39 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 March 2012

Having stayed at Kiboko regularly over last two years it is time to write a review and share my experience.

kiboko is just 3Km outside Kisumu past the Impala Sanctuary and approached through Dunga village. The experience of being woken by the birdlife to me is far preferable than the early deliveries and sounds in the center of Kisumu.

There are 10 'tented' rooms at Kiboko all clean with comfortable bed and shower, most rooms are double and have basic facilities and an outside veranda protected by netting.

The location is spacious and attracts many of the local residents visiting the restaurant where the food is simple but fresh and excellent - ask Rudy to recommend for you that day.

Other residents are the Kiboko (Hippo) who may appear at night to graze on the lawn between the tents - these are fairly solid and raised, this is a great experience although you may want an escort back to your room if you have taken pombe kidogo to drink.

So in summary, location is great, views over the lake are fantastic, sunset seems to silence everyone and the food excellent.

Personally I have stayed at many hotels in town and this is my first choice.

Room Tip: All the same, Bungalow has big bed kitchenette and large bathroom but not the same experience as und...
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled solo
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank Guilfybear
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Kisumu, Kenya
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27 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2012

I have eaten at the Kiboko Bay resort restaurant many times. Inside, outside by the lake and by the pool. The food is good. Not amazing and not bad. Inside has a nice atmosphere and a slightly swanky feel which is nice in Kisumu. If you sit outside you have a nice view of the lake.

Nice: Once I said i wanted something for a local friend and the chef made a fish dish that was not on the menu.... My friend LOVED it.

Not so nice: The last time I went (11/2011) they had a wedding going on. So, we could only sit by the pool and had to interrupt the waiters (who were fighting) in order to place an order or get drink refills. They actually yelled at each other right beside our table.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Thank cmeliw
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Kampala, Uganda
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15 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2012

A fantastic safari feel whilst still being close enough to Kisumu to do business and be in town early in the morning. A great atmosphere, probably the only place I would stay in Kisumu.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Frank K
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Adelaide, Australia
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45 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2012

I just cannot say enough great things about this hotel. It is truly amazing. Especially being able to stand safely on your own porch at night while a huge hippo is happily grazing just a few feet away. I can't imagine too many other places give you that kind of experience. By far the best place I've stayed at in Kisumu. I love Kiboko Bay Resort and only stay elsewhere when they are fully booked (they only have 10 rooms). The staff are fantastic and will go out of their way to accomodate even the strangest of requests.

If all you are interested in is watching TV and using hotel WiFi, this isn't the place as they don't have it but I didn't miss it and I don't think you will either (you will be watching the lake and going for boat rides etc instead)

Room Tip: All rooms are the same except Room 10 which is not a tent but a proper building. I loved the tents...
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank Chookmeister69
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Property: Kiboko Bay Resort
Address: P.O. Box 2111, Kisumu 40100, Kenya
Region: Kenya > Nyanza Province > Kisumu
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 26 Hotels in Kisumu
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Kiboko Bay Resort is undoubtedly a small piece of heaven in Kisumu.Located on the shores of the mighty Lake Victoria, this luxury resort is only 20 minutes from the airport and jogging distance from the city centre.The resort has 10 luxury accommodations. Hosting a first class bar and restaurant coupled with impeccable service and a breath taking location, Kiboko Bay Resort is a must visit and stay destination in Kisumu.At Kiboko Bay Resort, you will experience a honest Kisumu baring its soul. We do not put our guests in a bubble, we allow them to experience the local sights and sounds in its entirety, be it a pod of grazing hippos or fishermen grasping their nets of destiny, you will experience the character and culture,"up, close and personal."Though we promise you unbridled nature, boat trips into the wetlands and fresh water mangrove forest, hundreds of birds and hippos, and as we try to create more jobs in the local community we also give you the Real Kisumu. ... more   less 
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