Lamu, Lamu and the coast, Kenya
based on 7 nights
per person for 7 nights on a fully inclusive basis including domestic flights, air taxes and transfers.
At a Glance
Kizingoni House has been positioned to take full advantage of the west facing view for spectacular sunsets and sea views
Water ski in the calm creeks close to Kizingoni beach
Delicious meals served in a variety of lovely locations
Go out in the dhow for the day
Walk for miles along the deserted beach
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
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The rainy season on the Kenyan Coast is generally May/June. So from July onward the weather is gradually getting hotter and dryer until March/April when it reaches the high 90's (over40 degrees C). Christmas/New Year is generally considered the peak season and the weather is lovely then with constant sunshine and gentle off shore breezes. If you want clear seas for diving then make your trip after August/Sept.
Kizingoni House is an exclusive and secluded private villa built on Kizingoni Beach, on the beautiful island of Lamu off the Kenyan coast. The house sleeps eight guests and is fully staffed and catered, it has a private speed boat with boat captain.
Kizingoni House has been built and positioned to take full advantage of the west facing view for spectacular sunsets and sea views and to catch the sea breezes throughout the year. The large central living/dining room is simply designed in the Swahili style with traditional plasterwork and wooden beams, with a magnificent locally crafted dining table.
There are four baraza (meeting/sitting) areas - in the protected courtyard garden, next to the plunge pool, on the first floor terrace and finally on the roof with fabulous views of the sea on both sides of the peninsula. The house has four bedrooms, all with bathrooms en-suite and each with a private balcony with sea views. The large master bedroom faces west with superb sea views framed by coconut palms. Its spacious bathroom has a Swahili style bath and from the bedroom there is direct access to the roof top patio and bar area. The pool has a separate bathroom and changing room. The house is furnished with traditional Swahili items of furniture and antiques from around Africa and Asia.
A private boat and captain allows you to explore the area’s marine life with ease. A private chef and masseuse are also available to complete the vacation experience.
The local village of Kipungani is a friendly and unspoiled fishing hamlet. From there Kizingoni House receives coconut palm products for building, including the makuti thatch for the roofs, makeka for the paths and all the woven carpets. It is also the main suppy of sfaff, fish, dhows and donkeys - all of which are fully utilized at Kizingoni Beach House.
There is always plenty to do at Kizingoni beach, including various water sports equipment to use on your private boat and the swimming, snorkeling and walking is excellent. Sailing is available in a wooden dhow or a hobbie cat, creek fishing and deep sea fished are also possible as well as a small safari on the mainland.
Kizingoni House has four spacious double bedrooms, all with bathroom en-suite and each with a private balcony and spectacular views of the Indian Ocean. The large master bedroom faces west with superb sea views framed by coconut palms. Its spacious bathroom has a Swahili style bath and from the bedroom there is direct access to the rooftop patios.
Children of all ages are most welcome at Kizingoni House. However, there are no specific child care facilities but babysitting can easily be arranged. It is possible to tailor food requirements to children's tastes and arrange for earlier meal times if required. Lamu and the coast of Kenya is a wonderful place for a family vacation with calm safe waters, endless activities and plenty of cultural interaction.
Kizingoni House is fully staffed including a chef - able to provide meals and menus of your choice. There is a boat captain for your private boat and instructors available to teach water sports. A babysiting/child minding service can be arranged. There are guides on hand to take you on excursions to the mainland or to Lamu town.
Kizingoni House has a spectacular palm-fringed pool looking out over the beach to the sea plus a small plunge pool. The house has a massage bed and treatments can be arranged to suit the requirements of the guests. There is a private speed boat with its own captain to use for a variety of activities. There are several private areas around the house with swahili swing beds where you can read and relax or enjoy a drink or al fresco dining as well as a roof top bar area.
A variety of water sports are available at Kizingoni House, including sailing, waterskiing, wakeboarding, donuting and windsurfing. Guests can use their private boat and captain for these sports, whenever they choose and there are instructors available to assist beginners. You can take a leisurely sundowner sail in Kilindini, a luxurious dhow or learn how to sail Mafida, the small fishing dhow. Other activities on the Indian Ocean include deep-sea fishing, snorkeling and kayaking.
Mr Giles Trotter (Guest)
Loved my stay at Kizingoni House in Lamu. The service was excellent, the food superb and the beach beautiful. I felt totally safe.
Location & directions
Lamu, Lamu and the coast, Kenya
Kizingoni House is situated two degrees south of the Equator at the southern tip of Lamu Island, off the coast of Kenya. Positioned to take full advantage of the west facing view for spectacular sunsets and sea views and to catch the sea breezes throughout the year.
How to get there
8.5 hour flight from London to Nairobi. There are three daily scheduled flights between Nairobi and Lamu. The flight takes between 1-hour 40-minutes and 2 hours, depending on the aircraft. Ali will meet you at Manda Airport, help you collect your luggage and load it into the Kizingoni Beach trolley. You will then trundle down towards the Manda jetty and your private speedboat. You will see Lamu town straight ahead of you, with Shela village off to the left. Kizingoni Beach is a 20-minute ride.