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Kipungani District Kizingo Beach, Lamu Island 100 Kenya
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Kizingo is the ultimate 'no news, no shoes’ beach resort - a wonderful secluded and tranquil escape from the modern world. The lodge is situated at one end of a spectacular 12-kilometre beach that stretches from Kizingo (which means 'the point’ in Swahili) to the fashionable village of Shela. Kizingo has eight beautifully appointed bandas (thatched cottages), set well apart from each other. In the early morning you can enjoy tea in bed and watch fishing dhows tack south to Malindi.Guests can be as private or as social as they wish, opting to enjoy fine dining on the balcony of their banda or join other guests in the bar and the dining room with their magnficent views across the bay to mainland Kenya where giant baobab trees spread into the brilliant blue sky.Kizingo is owned and run by the van Aardt family, who were all born in Africa. Due to their long and close relationship with the local village, its chief leased them this stunning beachfront land to build a small resort that is both eco-friendly and very comfortable. Like all the best resorts in Kenya, Kizingo has a symbiotic relationship with the local village, an hour away on foot, and with farmers on the mainland who grow food and make furniture for the lodge.The swimming is excellent, both in the Indian Ocean and in the calm waters of the channel that separates Lamu from the mainland. For the more energetic there is a big choice of activities including a guided tour of historic Lamu Town, excellent snorkelling, the chance to swim with dolphins in the winter months and cycle rides to friendly African villages on the mainland.
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English, German, Italian, Swahili
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Anda-Maria C wrote a review Feb 2020
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There are places and people that you just don’t push in a dark corner of your memory, but get printed in your heart forever. Kizingo with everything it has to offer is that kind of place. Everything here is sublimely simple, you don’t get anything more than what you need and you don’t need anything more than what you get. It is the place where you find yourself, your true self, where you heal from every wound and you get to love yourself with all of your heart. You simply exist with this “unbearable” feeling of happiness of being HERE and NOW.
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Date of stay: January 2020
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Tom R wrote a review Jan 2020
London, United Kingdom3 contributions
We had the most incredible time at Kizingo Lodge. The location is unique - ocean on one side, river estuary on the other, beaches as far as you can see. The owners and staff are amazing, warm and friendly and always serving the most delicious meals. We felt right at home within twenty minutes of arriving. In our time there we went out to see the dolphins, went dhow sailing, and swam in the phosphorescence. It's the most relaxing and welcoming place, and we can't wait to go back. Thanks so much to Dion, Chris, Tom, Paul and everyone who made our stay so memorable.
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Date of stay: November 2019
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Heather B wrote a review Sep 2019
London, United Kingdom29 contributions6 helpful votes
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Finally the Foreign Office have lifted restrictions to Kenya and we’ve been able to return to Kizingo! It was great to see some of the old faces and meet some new ones. Not much has changed which is a pleasant surprise as it is still heaven on earth. If you’re looking for somewhere that is unspoilt, has eco credentials, great food, amazing staff and on 9 miles of white sandy beach, then this is the place for you. It’s the perfect place to relax, breathe and get away from the day to day busyness of our lives. There is plenty of things to do including visits to Lamu Town or Shela, Creek fishing, swimming with wild dolphins (depending on the time of year), to name a few. Thanks again to Dion, Chris, Sammy, Tom, Paul, Mohammed, Catherine and everyone else behind the scenes - you are all amazing. We can’t wait to get back and see you all soon. Xx
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Date of stay: September 2019Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Fia wrote a review Sep 2019
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Kizingo is truly wonderful, even thinking about the food makes me salivate a little, so bloomin' delicious every day! The staff were lovely and chatty and smiley, the rooms were very comfy and romantic, beach walks, gin and tonic filled sundowners, swimming in the beautifully blue sea, you just can't beat it, thank you, thank you, thank you! xx
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Date of stay: August 2019
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reena507 wrote a review Aug 2019
London, United Kingdom3 contributions
I love Kizingo so much. It is the most laidback, picturesque and wonderful hotel I've ever stayed in. It really holds a special place in my heart and I think of Kizingo often - not many hotels have that effect on you! I stumbled upon some pictures of the hotel and bandas (villas) online and immediately fell in love. I booked it and it ended up being the highlight of my two week trip to Kenya. While Kizingo doesn't offer you 5* luxury, it does offer you a warm welcome, a beautiful place to truly relax, a deserted beach and delicious food. The bandas are simple but super comfortable and offer you everything you need for a relaxing week by the beach. The four poster bed is so comfy, bathroom is well appointed and the little terrace is a lovely addition. Plus you get your own private beach just over a sand dune. Listening to the ocean waves crash onto the beach is a perfect lullaby. The staff are as wonderful as the hotel itself. The Mary-Jo so warm hearted and friendly, often eating with guests and sharing their stories of growing up in Zimbabwe. Sammy and Paul are also lovely and made delicious food (and cocktails). Kizingo is truly one of the most special places on Earth and I can't wait to head back for the third time.
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Date of stay: November 2018
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PRICE RANGE
US$217 - US$286 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
kizingo hotel lamu island, kizingo resort lamu
LOCATION
KenyaCoast ProvinceLamu Island
NUMBER OF ROOMS
8
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Frequently Asked Questions about Kizingo
What are some of the property amenities at Kizingo?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Kizingo?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to Kizingo?
Conveniently located restaurants include Mangrove Centre, Sunsail Restaurant & B.B.Q, and Stone House Hotel.
Does Kizingo have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Kizingo offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are pets allowed at Kizingo?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Kizingo?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, German, Italian, and Swahili.
Are there any historical sites close to Kizingo?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Lamu Old Town (12.3 km).
Does Kizingo have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.