Fodor's Expert Review Kipungani Explorer

Kipungani, Lamu, 80500, Kenya

On the southwestern tip of Lamu Island, this lodge is for anyone who's looking for a truly secluded getaway. The immense thatch and reed bandas—a half-hour trip by speedboat from Lamu and just a stone's throw from the gentle Indian Ocean—feel removed from the rest of the world. If you want, you can do nothing more than lie on the swing beds for hours at a time, but for the more energetic there's snorkeling (your chances of seeing dolphins are pretty high), kayaking, crab catching, and creek fishing. A model of responsible community development, the hotel has a close relationship with the nearby village (both staff and materials are sourced from it). A visit is a delightful experience, as you'll meet all the locals as they go about their daily lives and visit the clinic and school. The staff are friendly and engaging and are happy to teach you how to play bue, a traditional Swahili game, or mix you up a delicious cocktail before dinner.


  • the hotel's engagement with the local community
  • the sunsets from the swimming pool
  • plenty of water sports


  • electricity is on only 8 am to noon and 6 pm to midnight
  • full-board option only


On the beach


Phones: 020-444–6651


12 cottages
Rate Includes: All meals

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