Fodor's Expert Review Kiwayu Safari Village
Kiwayu Island, Lamu, Lamu, Kenya
Editor's Note: This location is no longer in operation.
Fifty kilometers (31 mi) northeast of Lamu you'll find one of the most romantic destinations in Kenya. The village is a collection of thatch-roof bandas that face the northern tip of Kiwayu Island. The cottages are vast, with views of the lagoon from the hammocks hanging on the private verandas. For dinner, sample local delicacies such as giant mangrove crabs or sweet rock oysters. The area is known for its deep-sea fishing—record-setting sailfish, marlin, and tuna have been caught here. The hotel is very near the Kiunga Marine National Reserve, where coral reefs offer great snorkeling. Book far in advance for holidays. In addition to the per-person, per-day rate, expect to pay a $30 per-day conservation fee.
- the bandas are beautifully furnished
- there are great water-sport activities on offer
- no swimming pool
- trips to Lamu are extra
Rate Includes: Closed end Apr.–mid-July, All-Inclusive, Credit cards accepted