Lupita Island’s world class Luxury Resort & Spa

Lupita island is with no doubt one of the most beautiful places to be in the world. This island is found at  Lake Tanganyika  which is the world’s the second-deepest lake. Why not enjoy having a private island to yourself in the middle of this incredible lake. Upon arrival, at the island your breath will be taken away by the shear beauty of this place. The 120-acre private island is surrounded by prehistoric, lush indigenous forest and open grassland. With sandy beaches along the coastline, the island offers absolute immersion in nature at its finest.

Lupita island,Lake Tanganyika

picturesque panoramic view over Lake Tanganyika

Tim Draper, one of Silicon Valley’s leading   venture capitalist is the owner of the  privately owned resort at the island that offers an upscale escape, with plenty of water-based activities. Good to know: Since the island is small, there are never more than 28 guests on it at a time, guaranteeing an intimate experience for your clients. The resort has thirteen open-air villas which are completely private and each comes with a living room, adjacent bedroom with four-poster bed, open-air bathroom with a rock shower and stone bathtub, and the most stunning views of the lake. One of the favourite afternoon pleasures  at the resort is sitting in your plunge pool outside of your room taking in the gorgeous views of the surrounding lake and neighbouring islands. The staff at Lupita Island are gracious, hospitable and  will take care of your every need.

Head Concierge can arrange tours to Kalambo Falls along with a picnic lunch on a private beach. The three-hour helicopter ride, is a terrific way to explore the lake. On the island itself, the concierge can also arrange beachside dining for couples or in-room spa treatments. Other activities at the resort are kayaking  around the island, and snorkeling  and scuba-diving  in Lake Tanganyika,cycling and hiking trips. A local botanist can organize a walk on the island, you can also go on bird-watching with the resident ornithologist. In the evening, you can enjoy cocktails at sunset and terrific meals by the chef. To avoid gaining extra weight while at Lupita, which is a possibility, you can visit the gym, which has some of the best views on the island, for a few workouts.

Due to the close proximity between the island and Mahale Mountains, you can visit this park  and track chimpanzees, the other option is to go on safari to Katavi National Park and enjoy wildlife viewing .You can also immerse yourself in cultural experiences by visiting a local fishing village, where villagers live in simple huts with thatched roofs. Their livelihood consist of fishing and curing the fish in several different ways. Lupita Island has had  a positive impact on the local village which has been tremendous. The Island’s resort contribution to local villages through established village committees and school sponsorships has been significant.

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