The sight of the picturesque Winam Gulf and the spectacular Homa Hills in the background is assured when one visits the ACK Guest House on the outskirts of Homa Bay Town.
Built on a hill overlooking the lakeside town, the hospitality spot is an oasis of tranquility to visitors who flock it to sample the gift of nature.
Upon arrival, one is struck by the relaxing impact of an environment devoid of the scorching heat and hustle and bustle of Homa Bay Town.
The magnificent feel of untamed nature in its manifestation of flora and fauna, coupled with a variety of birds to be seen and heard chirping is this hospitality spot’s enchantment.
Boasting of architecturally marvelling cottages built in the fashion of huts, there are also uniquely balconies immaculately dedicated for social activities and team-building.
The balconies allow visitors to enjoy the cool breeze sweeping gently from the lake.
The guest house has five cottages of 15 rooms with a well-furnished conference hall, spacious enough for corporate workshops, seminars and training.
It is a perfect low cost honeymoon destination. Visitors can savour and enjoy the taste of local food.
The guest house gets fresh tilapia and other fish from Lake Victoria. Other traditional African dishes are in plenty.
For hiking, boat rides and camp-loving visitor, a guide is always on the ready to take him or her for these adventurous escapades.
One can also have a walk on the dazzling volcanic Asego Hill. Rocky and tortuous paths leading onto the hill give one a panoramic view of the town.
The management can also organise tour drives to nearby sites like Ruma National Park, Rusinga Island, Lake Simbi Nyaima and Ondago Swamp.
Mr John Okumu, a manager, says the management is keen on eco-tourism and conservation, which has seen the it plant many indigenous trees.
That has attracted more than 200 bird species.
‘‘We love nature and that is why we have created a conducive home for birds,” Mr Akumu says. “This enables our visitors to feel the true taste of mother nature.”
The guest house is a popular spot for peace and nature loving visitors who can also use it for meditation.