Fodor's Expert Review Kijani Hotel

Lamu, Lamu, 80500, Kenya

Located right on the waterfront in Shela, Kijani Hotel offers rooms in three converted Arab merchant houses grouped around a pretty central garden (kijani is Swahili for green) with swimming pool. They are furnished with antiques sourced in Lamu and Zanzibar, including high Swahili beds with colorful kikoi bedspreads, woven mats, and charming shutters over the windows. Although the rooms don't have any amenities, there's a tranquil, relaxed air to the place; all rooms have a safe, and free Wi-Fi. The restaurant is one of the best in Shela for seafood and pasta, and they serve excellent cocktails too; try the molten lava cake for dessert. Excellent breakfasts are included. The hotel can arrange dhow trips on the Shaba Dhow complete with meals prepared aboard, and tours of Lamu town.


  • rooms look out onto the waterfront
  • has its own dhow for cruises, with meals aboard
  • one of the few places that has a bar


  • can get hot at night
  • must preorder lunch and dinner
  • need to be appropriately dressed in Shela village on the way to and from the beach


Green, Views, Family, Romantic
Near the beach
Local Flavor


Phones: 0780-001--741 | 0733-545–264


11 rooms
Rate Includes: Closed May and June, Free Breakfast

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