||Kizingo - Lamu Hotel
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 six beautifully appointed bandas (thatched cottages), set well apart from each other, with unrivalled sea views. In the early morning you can enjoy tea in bed and watch fishing dhows tack south to Malindi.
Tell Me More About Kizingo Located Around Lamu Island, as an Indian Ocean Island Beach Accommodation in Kenya
• Kizingo has six very spacious bandas with high-pitched thatched roofs and shaded balconies with uninterrupted ocean views.
• Each Kizingo room has a large double bed romantically draped with mosquito netting and comfortable chairs for lounging.
• Bamboo screens unfurl to give complete privacy. The en suite bathroom is well appointed with a flushing toilet, hot water shower, wash basin and dressing area.
Culinary and Dining Experience At Kizingo Located Around Lamu Island, as an Indian Ocean Island Beach Accommodation in Kenya
• The chefs prepare delicious lunches and dinners in Kizingo's restaurant overlooking the Indian Ocean using only the freshest local produce. Fish and seafood are the specialties, red snapper, crab and lobster, all served with locally grown vegetables and salads. Kizingo can accommodate special diets and create interesting dishes for vegetarians, or meat lovers.
• Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included in the room rates as well as afternoon tea with homemade cake.
• 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 magnificent views across the bay to mainland Kenya where giant baobab trees spread into the brilliant blue sky.
Relaxation Experience and Activities At Kizingo Located Around Lamu Island, as an Indian Ocean Island Beach Accommodation in Kenya
• Snorkel On Coral Reefs Around Lamu: The unspoilt reefs surrounding the islets of Kinyika, Tenewa and Manda Toto are easily reached aboard Kizingo's speedboat. Rich in different species of coral and shoals of rainbow-colored tropical fish, they are also important nurseries for ocean-going fish.
• Swim With Dolphins: The islands around Lamu are one of the few places in the world that you can swim with wild dolphins. In winter, when the sea is calmer, a group of around 150 Bottlenose Dolphins arrive most mornings to greet Kizingo's boat. You jump in among them with snorkel and mask and flipper after them as they swim underwater. A magical, not-to-be-missed experience.
• Turtle Watching: Green turtles come up to the beach to lay their eggs between late October and June. When the eggs hatch, a guide will take guests to watch the newly-hatched turtles find their way to the ocean, protecting them from crabs and birds on the start of their journey.
• Fishing Around Lamu Islands: Kizingo can arrange fishing trips in the mangrove channels and from the shore. Both fly and spinning rods are used to catch Snapper, Lady Fish and Teavellis. Deep sea or reef fishing can also be arranged by chartering a deep-sea fishing boat. Yellow fin tuna, sailfish, Kingfisher are the more common catches.
• Guided Cycle Rides: For a real taste of village life in Kenya, join Kizingo on a guided cycle ride on the mainland. They will introduce you to the farmers who grow food for Kizingo as well as cashew nuts, sim sim and cotton. They also brew delicious honey beer which has quite a punch. Keen cyclists will enjoy a trip to Lake Kenyatta known for its wonderful bird life and the rare chance to see hippos.
• Historic Lamu Town: A guided tour of historic Lamu Town, where donkeys are still the only form of transport, includes visits to former merchants' homes with their ornate carved doors and plasterwork, the fort, the daily vegetable and fish markets, and encounters with some of the trades people, from woodcarvers to silver smiths.
• Bush Walks: Paths through the high dunes reveal a wealth of flora and fauna, a wonderful way to spend the late afternoon.
• Village Visits: Kipungani Village welcomes visitors. Here you can see how the Mkeka mats are made, which are used at Kizingo. You can also visit the school.
• Sunset Dhow Trips: A dhow can be hired from the local village to sail round the bay. Watch the sun drop into the ocean from the deck of the dhow under full sail.