on the edge of its own beach, Kipungani
Explorer is one of East Africa's
most simple but sophisticated coastal
hideaways. Overlooking a deserted
14-kilometre beach on the southwestern
tip of Lamu Island, Kipungani Explorer
is a dream destination for those
seeking a true desert island holiday.
After a 90 minute flight from Nairobi,
you will be met at Manda Island
and transported by boat to the lodge,
which is located two degrees south
of the Equator.
Snorkelling and diving on the
reefs off Kinyika Rock and Manda
Toto November to March, Windsurfing
in the sheltered Lamu channel,
Creek or deep sea game fishing,
Sailing aboard our own Arab dhow,
Bird walks in and around the property,
Visits to Lamu's historic mosques,
markets and museum, Day trips
to the ancient ruined forts of
Manda Island, and Visits to our
neighbours in Kipungani Village.
Our 14 spacious and secluded
chalets sit above the soft white
sands of Kipungani Bay, which
is Swahili for the place of fresh
air. Shaded by the palm trees
that line our 600-metre beachfront,
the chalets are constructed entirely
from local materials, with mkeka
matting floors and makuti thatch
roofs woven by the residents of
neighbouring Kipungani Village.
The large interiors are a picture
of rustic simplicity, with giant
king-size beds and furniture all
handmade from local mangrove and
palm woods. Each chalet has an
ocean-facing verandah with local
funzi sofas and chairs piled high
with colourful cushions. Amenities
include freshwater showers, flush
toilets, and separate dressing
areas with wash basins.
The beach-facing lounge and bar
at Kipungani are furnished for
complete relaxation, with large
driftwood furniture, hanging moon
beds, and a variety of natural
discoveries combed from our shores.
The dining room sits beside a
small tropical garden, with an
adjoining library offering guests
a broad selection of novels, magazines
and board games.
In front of the building is a
horizon-touching saltwater pool
which offers the perfect venue
for the ultimate romantic sundowner.
Kipungani Explorer enjoys a uniquely
harmonious relationship with the
residents of neighbouring Kipungani
Village. Half of the Lodges
staff come from the village, from
where we also buy all our seafood
and materials for repairing our
bandas and boats. Children above
8 years are welcome.