Kiwayu Safari Village Hotel

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Kiwayu Safari Village is a luxury retreat on a deserted stretch of white beach facing out over the Indian Ocean. Nestled in the mainland dunes, the oasis of Kiwayu Safari Village overlooks a sheltered lagoon to the north of Kiwayu Island.

Across the dunes lie the Dodori Game Reserve and many miles of unspoilt Africa.

For centuries this has been a calling point for the Arab dhows which traded in ivory, carpets and carved chests between Arabia and Mombasa and on to Zanzibar.

So it is hardly surprising that the food at Safari Village Kiwayu is mainly from the sea; tonno tonnato; spaghetti alle vongole: crab kalaloo: charcoal-grilled lobster with tarragon sauce; giant crab with fresh basil and olive oil - simple but very good.

Your home is a banda built in the local Bajuni tradition with palm thatched roof and carpeted floor.

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The banda is a suite consisting of a bedroom, dressing room, and shower with running water and toilet.

Each hammock-strung veranda offers privacy and a panoramic view over the bay.

And each one is within a few metres of the water's edge, clustered around the restaurant, the bar and the boats.

Every room is furnished with a Super king-size bed surrounded by a turquoise mosquito net.

It is simple, spacious and well furnished with different sitting areas and tables - with many options for that all-important siesta.

These bandas are designed to blend into the dunes, no concrete, no nails, nothing to jar the senses.


Kiwayu Safari Village is located on the Kenya mainland in the most remote Dodori National Reserve 48 km north of Lamu Island, in a breathtakingly beautiful bay opposite Kiwayu Island.Flight from Nairobi takes 1 hour 50 minutes.


Kiwayu Safari Village has 22 spacious and beautifully decorated local-style cottages (bandas) spread out along the shoreline.

Room facilities:

Bedroom, King-size bed, mosquito net, dressing room, and shower with running water and toilet.

Each hammock-strung veranda offers privacy and a panoramic view over the bay.

General facilities:

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


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

Lamu Kiwayu Safari Village Hotel Kenya

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