Kipungani Explorer Hotel in Lamu

Kipungani Explorer Hotel in Lamu, Kenya has been described in the press recently as a “five-star Robinson Crusoe”, “the most laid-back lodge in Africa” and her bandas as “some of the most glamorous beach huts in the world". Kipungani Explorer Lamu, located on the ancient Arabian island-paradise of Lamu Island, is one of Africa’s most remote, relaxing and richly romantic coastal hideaways.

Overlooking the tranquil waters of the sheltered Kipungani Channel, on the remote southwestern tip of Lamu Island, Kipungani is a dream holiday vacation destination for those seeking a true away-from-it-all desert island holiday.  Overlooking the tranquil waters of the sheltered Kipungani Channel, on the remote southwestern tip of Lamu Island, Kipungani is a dream destination for those seeking a true away-from-it-all desert island holiday.

After a 90-minute flight from Nairobi, you will be met at Manda Island and transported by boat to the hotel, which is located two degrees south of the Equator, on the edge of a near-deserted 12-kilometre beach. Not enough can be said about this hidden away gem. Off the beaten track of Kenya, 30 minutes by speedboat from nearby Lamu .A perfect beach vacations location in which to get away from it all, yet visit nearby Lamu and Shela as well.

Kipungani Explorer Resort offers excellent service, amazing cuisine and the opportunity to simply relax by the pool, swim in the lagoon, walk on the beach, look for crabs, visit the neighboring under rated Kipungani Village, try your hand at water sports etc. The kind of place you want to tell your friends about, but also keep secret. Heritage hotels & lodges have put

together a super team of staff here who take care of your every need with efficiency, offering a tranquil destination. Perched on the edge of its own beach, Kipungani Explorer Resort is one of East Africa's most simple but sophisticated coastal hideaways.

Africa safaris and Adventures highly recommend Kipungani Explorer Lodge if you want to truly relax and forget about everything else than the present moment. It offers pure relaxation. The staff truly makes you feel like family. The resorts bandas are extremely large and private and were made from local materials. The Kipungani Explorer Lodge website pictures do not do this place justice. If you choose to stay at Kipungani Explorer hotel, you will truly feel like you are in paradise. They serve amazing fresh and unique dishes. With the best desserts.

Staying at Kipungani explorer is truly memorable. For those who think Kipungani hotel may not be close enough to Lamu town, you can take a quick boat ride and spend the day in Lamu town, but you probably will never want to leave Kipungani explorer anyway

Kipungani Explorer Hotel Accommodation:
Kipungani Explorer Hotel 14 spacious bandassit at one end of Kipungani Bay, which is Swahili for ‘the place of fresh air’. Shaded by the palm trees that line our 600-metre beachfront, the bandas are constructed entirely from local materials, with mkekapalm floors and makuti thatch roofs woven by the residents of neighbouring Kipungani village. The large interiors are a picture of rustic simplicity, with giant king-size beds and furniture all handmade from local mangrove and palm woods. Each bandahas an ocean-facing veranda with local funzi sofas and chairs piled high with colourful cushions. Amenities include freshwater showers, flush toilets, and separate dressing areas with wash basins.

14 luxurious grass and thatch chalets.
Giant king-size beds and palm furniture.
Private luxurious ocean-facing verandahs.
Bathrooms with showers and flush toilets.

Kipungani Explorer Facilities and Services

  • Freshwater swimming pool with all-day bar service
  • Gift shop with local handicrafts and ‘beach essentials’
  • Safety deposit facilities for all guests’ valuables
  • Fresh water for bathing from our own wells
  • Reliable generator-backed electricity supply
  • Mobile telephone coverage and VSAT Internet links
  • Boat connections to Lamu town and Manda airport
  • Kipungani Explorer Activities
  • Snorkelling and swimming with ‘Africa’s friendliest dolphins’ on the reefs of Kinyika and Manda Toto
  • Waterskiing and kayaking in the Kipungani channel
  • Sailing and sunset cruises aboard our Arab dhows
  • Barracuda fishing from beach, dhow or speedboat
  • Deep sea game fishing (please book in advance)
  • Crab-catching excursions with expert fishermen

Bird walks around the property and beach dunes
Visits to Lamu’s historic mosques, markets and museums
Day trips to the ruined 14th century fort on Manda Island
Tours of local boat-building and mat-weaving industries

Ecotourism - Kipungani Explorer enjoys a uniquely harmonious relationship with the residents of neighboring Kipungani Village. Half of the lodge’s staff comes from the village, from where we also buy all our seafood and materials for repairing our bandas and boats. Since 1999, Explorer has helped to completely rebuild and equip the Kipungani Primary School through a charitable ‘twinning’ with a London Nursery School, 'Paint Pots'. Explorer guests have also contributed the salary of an extra teacher and helped to launch an annual prize-giving day. The lodge is currently working on a plan to start a second school in Mpakatoni, from where several other staff members hail.

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