Opened in 1930 by Princess Margaret, Marthas’ Guest House was the first permanent structure to be built in the whole region and will also be your home while visiting this wonderful part of Kenya.

Built by the late James Shiraku Inyundo who was a former worker of the East African Railway Company.  It was later renamed ‘Martha’s Guest House’ after the death of James Shiraku’s wife, Martha.

Visiting The Obamas

The Kogelo region is the ancestral home of the Obama Family, and Kogelo Tours has direct links with the Obama Family in Kenya.

During your time in at Marthas Guest House, Kogelo Tours offers a unique opportunity to visit and experience the culture of his ancestral heartland. 

Traveling to the Guest House in the same overnight train that Obama describes in “Dreams of My Father” you are fully immersed in the area’s history and way of life.

How Long To Stay

Most of our guests find 5 nights at Martha’s Guest House enough time to fully explore and experience the traditional village life.

In doing so you are supporting an expanding local economy in a non-invasive way. You will enjoy an outstanding level of personal attention and the best locally cooked food!

If you are interested in learning to cook tranditioanl local dishes, our staff are more than happy to teach you.


During your time in the vilage you will sleep in basic and simple yet comfortable rooms. All beds have mosquito nets and access to clean indoor toilet and shower facilities.

If you prefer a real local experience you can try the kibanda (a traditional thatched dwellings), recently opened by Grandma Obama, 

The Guest House can sleep up to 10 people, the hut sleeps two; and is staffed 24 hours a day, for your convenience.

Location & Activities

The village of Mundeku is 4,000 feet above sea level, just a few miles from the equator. Based outside the large city of Kisumu and close to Lake Victoria. 

During your stay in the village, you will have the opportunity to visit a number of local attractions such as hippo and bird watching on Lake Victoria. 

You are also wellcome to visit our various community projects such as the local school, the day orphanage and the demonstration farm.