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Kiwayu is situated forty kilometres north of Lamu, off Kenya’s remote North Coast. Nestled amongst the sand dunes, it overlooks a sheltered lagoon on the Indian Ocean.  Situated on one of the most unspoilt reaches of coastline in Kenya, between the Kiunga Marine Reserve and the Dodori Forest Reserve, this unique resort offers just 17 rustic chalets, which are set along one km of sheltered lagoon, beyond which are 7kms of private beaches. A long established family business, the resort was established in 1973 by the Italian Pelizzoli family. 

Green turtles are seen daily swimming in the bay in front of the lodge.  The nestlings hatch mainly in July, August and September. Humpback whales can be seen during October and dolphins from November to March. Fishing: sailfish and yellow fin tuna are also abundant from October to December. Birdlife includes; Fish Eagles, Osprey, Terns, Crab Plovers, Herons, Spoon bills and Pelicans.

Kiwayu Safari Village is constructed entirely from local natural materials; no concrete nails or coral bricks having been used. Principally constructed by locally harvested mangrove poles, the resort also makes use of dried palm leaf matting, which is hand-woven in the surrounding villages. Seafood is purchased from the surrounding villages, as are fresh vegetables. Up to 65% of the staff are also drawn from the surrounding communities. 

Location and seasons

Kiwayu is situated forty kilometres north of Lamu, off Kenya’s remote North Coast adjacent to the Kiunga Marine Reserve, Lamu Archipelago. Safari link have daily flights from Wilson Airport to the Kiwayu airstrip (10mins through the dunes to lodge) The trip in a 12 seater Cessna caravan takes 1hr 45mins. Air Kenya,  Fly  540  and  Kenya  Airways  have  daily flights  from  Wilson  Airport  to  Lamu. To  connect from Lamu to Kiwayu, there are two options: by private  Charter,  the  flight  takes  15  minutes,  or by  boat,  which  takes  1hr  40mins  through mangrove channels. Private charter from anywhere  


The resort offers 17 Beach-front chalets, each with a spacious en-suite bedroom, dressing area and sheltered veranda. There is one Family Banda, consisting of 2 connecting bandas (each with spacious en-suite bedrooms, etc) and the ‘Baobabs of Kitangani’ Honeymoon Suite . 

Generator electricity (240), from 07h00 to 11h00 and 18h00 to 22h30    Outside of these hours, light comes from a battery bank, which runs the lights in the bandas throughout the night.  Torches are provided. Guests are recommended to bring converters & universal plug adaptors  

Dining and bars

There is a delicious daily set menu, based on fresh seafood produce   

Kiwayu is famous for its excellent food – after 35 years of training by the Pelizzoli family, Kiwayu’s team of cooks perform miracles with the fresh seafood available  everyday   

What to see and do

  • Laser sailing  
  • Windsurfing  
  • Snorkelling  
  • Body Boarding  
  • Kayaking 
  • Deep Sea fishing 
  • Reef fishing 
  • Creek fishing in the mangrove channels  
  • Guided dune walks / bird watching 
  • Evening Dhow cruises  
  • Visit to Swahili fishing village of Mkokoni  
  • Mangrove trips in motorized canoe 
  • Private Lunch on Kiwayu Island  
  • Private Lunch on Kongoali beach 
  • Day-trips to Lamu by boat (or by scenic flight, by prior arrangement) 
  • Speed-boat day excursion with picnic lunch and snorkelling at Kui or Simambaya 

The following boats are offered 

_ 1 x ELUSIVE 28ft Bertam deep-sea fishing boat 

_ 2 x Water ski Boats with skis and a ‘donut’ 

_ 2 x Motorised Sese Canoes for creek fishing and 

Mangrove trips 

_ 2 x Skiff for snorkelling trips 

_ 1 x 180 HP Speedboat for Lamu, Kui and 

Simambaya trips 

_ 3 x Laser sail boats 

_ 4 x Windsurfing equipments 

_ 4 x Kayak (2 singles and 2 doubles) 

_ 1 x Dhow  


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