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The Rusinga Cultural Festival

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Rusinga Cultural Festival is a celebration of the culture of the Abasuba people who are mainly found on the Rusinga Island and Mfangano Island on lake Victoria on the  Kenyan side of the lake.

It is  held annually on the last Thursday and Friday before Christmas on Rusinga Island.


  • The Rusinga Cultural Festival is a mixed-type of festival, it incorporates more than one item of celebration with Music and art;
  • Different facets of Abasuba culture are on display at the festival. Artifacts in clay-work, woodwork and daily Abasuba life showcasing the Abasuba culture are displayed at the festival.
  • Traditional music is in form of performances by cultural troupes and Abasuba traditional music groups. The traditional music is performed in Subanese language.
  • Culinary /food from traditional Suba cuisine; Delicacies available include traditionally prepared meats, vegetables and other dishes, being the main features of the Rusinga Cultural Festival.
  • cultural sporting activities; Popular sports at the Rusinga Cultural Festival are Wrestling (Eminyiika), Oluko/Oruko(Ajua) Tug-of-War, board games and Boat Racing in which both men and women compete.
  • There is a street procession that is used to invite residents of the Rusinga Island to the festival grounds.
  • The cultural performances are at the festival’s sporting events. Just before the boat races, performers and festival attendees move from the grounds of the festival and move to the waters of Lake Victoria, accompanied by traditional music and dances.
  • Tourist also get a chance to tour the places around the Suba islands of Lake Victoria.
  • The festival has opened up the Western Kenya tourism circuit and exposed it to both domestic and international tourists. Visitors to the two-day event also get opportunities to sample historical places in the island.


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Day 1 - Arrival Rusinga Island
Day 1 - Arrival Rusinga Island

Arrival at Rusinga Island
check in at your hotel of choice, spend the rest of the day at leisure
Enjoy Dinner and overnight at the hotel

Day 2: Rusinga Island
Day 2: Rusinga Island

After breakfast proceed to the festival venue, spend a whole day experiencing and undertaking different activities and learning more about the Abasuba culture.

Day 3: Takawiri Island and Mfangano Island
Day 3: Takawiri Island and Mfangano Island

After breakfast visit to the neighboring sightseeing locations near the island this include; Takawiri island, Mfangano island, the Independence hero Tom Mboya’s Mausoleum and the Abasuba Peace Museum that holds historical secrets of the Abasuba the evening back to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 4:Departure
Day 4:Departure

After breakfast check out of the hotel for your Departure


  • 3 nights Accommodation in a 4* and 5* hotel
  • 1 Day Excursions includes Takawiri Island, Mfangano island, the Independence hero Tom Mboya’s mausoleum and the Abasuba Peace Museum that holds historical secrets of the Abasuba people.
  • All transfers
  • Meals on Half Board
  • Other meals and drinks not mentioned
  • Items of personal nature
  • Any other items not mentioned above
  • International Flights
  • Visa and Travel Insurance

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