In 2004 we acquired Lupita Island, a deserted island 5 kms off the mainland. It was thick bush and foliage with beautiful trees and not much more so we had a blank slate to work with. Construction began in 2004 and was completed in 2008.
Wherever possible, we have utilised locally-sourced thatching, wood products and African antiques. We brought in experienced tradesmen from the cities and worked closely with local people around the islands teaching them new trades of which today they are now the ones we call on to help with our maintenance.
We consider the lodge as rustic luxury. Straight lines and perfect symmetry are not part of the vocabulary here.
The Lodge Bar
Relax with a refreshing cocktail at our Dhow bar, made of boats once used on the water now a glorious setting for the sunset over the lake each day. Situated close to the main dining room, and just below the fabulous newly built viewing deck, high above the main areas.
Let our friendly bar staff mix you a cutomised Lupita cocktail of your choice. As the sun sets over the lake take a stroll to our boma just a stones throw from the bar, fire lit under the stars. Enjoy your evening under the stars before dinner with delicious canapes brought to you by one of our waiters.
Our private beach and beach bar are a great hit with all ages. Sun loungers and umbrellas are set up throughout the day for guests to use whenever they feel they would like to enjoy the lake from a different place. Cold drinks are readily available and kayaks and snorkeling equipment are easily on hand at any time. Enjoy an evening or lunchtime BBq organised on special balmy days and nights, while local fishing boats with their lanterns twinkle across the lake.
Just a short walk from the main area our large freshwater main pool can be found. Laze under thatched umbrellas soaking up the wonderful African sun, with an ice-cool cocktail of your choice, ordered from the pool bar.
Or swim up to the thatched water bar to cool down after relaxing in the heat. For privacy and tranquility, the pool is set away from the main area.
Set high on the hillside of Lupita Island, our spa and wellness centre has magnificent views of Lake Tanganyika and the neighbouring mountains.
Balancing the rustic grace of the natural landscape with modern salon facilities, the spa offers classic aesthetic treatments using essential oils and trusted massage techniques. Natural treatments with our experienced therapist will renew and hydrate your skin and feed your soul – a wonderful treat after a long day in the sun.