Kiwayu Safari Village is a barefoot luxury Beach retreat on a deserted stretch of white beach. It is considered one of the world's top hotels. Kiwayu is located on the Kenya mainland in the most remote Dodori National Reserve some 30 miles north of Lamu Island, in a breathtakingly beautiful bay opposite Kiwayu Island.
There are few places in our world, which can boast such total seclusion, visited only by fishermen, the dhow that still comes to collect sweet water and occasional sports fisherman in search of the magnificent marlin or sail fish.Kiwayu is surrounded by a Marine Reserve, protected by the Kenya Wildlife Services; to the north and west lies the Dodori and Boni Game Reserves. These wild areas are vital to the protection of the fauna and flora of eastern Kenya. A 90-minute flight from Nairobi will land you on Kiwayu’s airstrip.
Kiwayu prides itself on being in tune with its pristine surroundings, and most of its big game fishing is restricted to tag-and-release sustainability
The animals that inhabit these reserves are often migratory such as elephant and buffalo. The permanent residents are lion, cheetah, serval, caracal, lesser kudu and that rare hunting dog. The sea is home to many types of coral fish, dugongs, whale shark, basking whale, tuna, marlin, sailfish, wahoo, kingfish and many other sports fish and edible species.
"Harpers & Queen" recently included Kiwayu Safari Village, amongst the 100 Best Hotels in The World.
Approximately 2 miles from Kiwayu Safari Village lies "The Baobabs of Kitangani". Nestling between the enormous ageless Baobabs, this is the perfect setting for a honeymoon couple who want total privacy and comfort. There is a living room perched graciously under a baobab, leading to a dazzling bedroom with ensuite facilities. Staff and boatmen are at your service and there is over a kilometer of beach exclusively yours.
Kiwayu Safari Village Hotel Accommodation:
The eighteen hotel cottages are built in the traditional "Bajuni" style using local materials. Each cottage is set well apart ensuring complete privacy. The bedrooms are large and are open to the sea with an ensuite bathroom with running water and flush toilets. The cottages have large verandah complete with hammocks and Lamu beds for lounging.
The 18 simple but spacious and beautifully decorated local-style cottages (bandas) spread out along the shoreline.
Your home is a Banda built in the local Bajuni tradition with palm thatched roof and matting floor with:
Different sitting areas and tables - with many options for that all-important siesta.
- Super king-size bed surrounded by a turquoise mosquito net
- Comfortable dressing rooms
- Bathrooms with hot showers and flush toilets
- Shady and hammock-strung verandah offering privacy and a panoramic view over the bay.
- These bandas are designed to blend into the dunes - no concrete, no nails, nothing to jar the senses.
Kiwayu Safari Village Restaurant
Kiwayu Safari Village meals are best described as Mediterranean International Cuisine. From the sea: charcoal-grilled lobster with tarragon sauce, giant mangrove crabs, crab kalaloo, or crab with fresh basil from Kiwayu's fragrant garden, red snapper, rock cod, tuna, sashimi with wasabi at the bar, sweet rock oysters and other shell delicacies.
Italian touch: pasta in infinite varieties, home made tagliatelle and lasagne, risotto, tonno tonnato - all simple but superbly prepared. Fresh fruit salads filled with mango, papaya and passion fruit flavored with fresh orange, limejuice, and homemade fruit sorbet.
The dining room and bar are also built in the local Bajuni tradition with palm-thatched roofs and woven matting floors, all open-sided to the beach.
Kiwayu Safari Village Facilities:
Kiwayu boasts everything one could possibly desire of the perfect beach holiday for it offers a coastal retreat of the utmost simplicity and sophistication:
Dining room built in the local Bajuni tradition with palm-thatched roofs and woven matting floors, all open-sided to the beach and offers the finest seafood and Italian-inspired cuisine
Bar; you have a chance to meet the few other Kiwayu guests and enjoy a nice conversation with people from all over the world. The bar is stocked to international standards
Dhow trips around the island
- Water skiing, in the calm sea protected by Kiwayu Island
- Bird watching
- Walking amongst the dunes and into the Dodori Game Reserve.
- For those who want the luxury of nothing and nobody on their doorstep, Kiwayu is sheer heaven.
Kiwayu Safari Village Hotel rates and Reservation:
The hotel prices are based on full board accommodation.
No single occupancy.
Children under 2 years stay free of charge
Children 3-12 years pay half rate
Kiwayu boasts everything one could possibly desire of the perfect beach holiday, from snorkelling on beautiful coral reefs to sailing and windsurfing in the lagoon, dhow trips around the island, and fishing for barracuda and snapper in the mangrove-lined channels. Our state-of-the-art fishing boat offers access to some of the world’s greatest game fishing, with thrilling sport for sailfish, kingfish and marlin between September and April.
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