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Kipungani Explorer

3.0 of 5 Ranch   |   P O Box 63, Lamu Island, Kenya
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 2 weeks ago
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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London, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
12 hotel reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Cannot praise this lovely hotel enough. Amazing staff, food and a castaway experience like no other. It is the perfect escape. Felt quite safe after speaking with staff and relaxed properly after the first night. Can't stop thinking about it and will remember forever. Bring a book and turn off your phone. A little crab met me each morning before... More

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Taipalsaari, Finland
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

We had three wonderful days at Kipungani, and hugely enjoyed the very high level of service and attentiveness given to us by the Heritage Group's excellent staff. From being met at the airport, to sundowners on the dhow, to the beach dinner -- everything was really superb. This is a totally unusual facility, with all the thatched bandas facing the... More

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Wasike_Wasike, Croup Operations Manager at Kipungani Explorer, responded to this review

Dear Guest, The team in Kipungani thanks you for visiting the Unit and more important for finding time to post such an awesome review. We do run a reward system for all staff mentioned on the Tripadvisor and so naturally Moses Miano and Edward have been entered in the draw and will be getting some wonderful goodies which may include... More

Mombasa, Kenya
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

I visited Lamu the best of time this year. A good time to visit for every January, after the heavy-duty festive crowd goes home, Lamu largely reverts to its centuries-old ways. In the winding alleyways, fully veiled women scurry toward the outdoor market, their eyes darting beneath black bui-buis (veils). Interestingly, centuries after the Swahili first ancestors settled on the... More

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BeutifulKenya64, Group Operations Manager at Kipungani Explorer, responded to this review

Dear Guest, What a pleasure it was for us at the Kipungani to host you. You took time to visit all the places that matter and see what we do as part of our CSR and for this we are grateful. You have mentioned several people who exceeded their call of duty(most of them do) and i am happy to... More

Nairobi, Kenya
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 hotel reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

The staff at Kipungani Explorer were extremely friendly and made us feel at home throughout our stay. We appreciated the efforts of the staff to keep us entertained and Chef David for accommodating our request for the food that we preferred. Kipungani has the most lovely, quiet clean beaches and we enjoyed swimming in the warm waters of the channel.... More

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Wanjiru_T_Ikua, General Manager at Kipungani Explorer, responded to this review

Dear Joyce, happy new year! Every time you return to Kipungani we know you have come home and we love that you always return to us for more relaxation, excellent food and all the activities on offer. Chef David is on hand to take your orders and make special dishes for you when you and your daughter return to visit... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

I travelled to Kipungani during the New Years to 2014. The rooms were great and what I really loved about it is the fact that the beach is away from the noise/beach boys typical of many beaches around the coast. There a couple of water activities to do while staying there which is lots of fun. The staff were very... More

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Wanjiru_T_Ikua, General Manager at Kipungani Explorer, responded to this review

Dear Brian, happy new year again, it was lovely hosting you this new years 2014. You made the place special by your presence. The boat is on standby for your next Water Skiing lesson and the kayaks are primed ready for your next kayaking trip into the mangroves around Kipungani Explorer! We at Kipungani Explorer, have taken stock of the... More

Sedona, Arizona
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

We stayed at the resort in September 2013. The most relaxing vacation ever! Chef David is very talented and very artistic in his presentations. The food was excellent. Omar gave us a tour of the village as well as Lamu. What a wonderful person! All of the staff was very accommodating and personable. It was one of the most unique... More

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Wanjiru_T_Ikua, General Manager at Kipungani Explorer, responded to this review

Dear Hans, happy new year! I am happy to hear how much you enjoyed your vacation at Kipungani Explorer last September (2013). I will be sure to let Chef David know how much you appreciated the effort he made in making your food both artistic in presentation and excellent in taste. Omar is a very special member of staff and... More

Nairobi, Nairobi Area, Kenya
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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2013

Kipungani is the perfect to get away from it all. If you like lots of activities, bars, noise and night-life - go elsewhere! The bandas are simple but very comfortable, made of palm mats and facing the channel between Lamu island and the mainland. The lodge is about 30 minutes by boat from Lamu town. You get met from the... More

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Wanjiru_T_Ikua, General Manager at Kipungani Explorer, responded to this review

Dear Melanie B, thank you so much for choosing to "get away from it all " at Kipungani Explorer and Lamu. We know you have many choices of destinations, and we are very happy and appreciative that you chose us to spend your special time. Thank you for taking the time to write these comments on trip advisor and your... More

Nairobi, Kenya
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2013

I stayed at Kipungani with my Fiancee on my birthday.I did not know what to expect but i was excited and looked forward to all the surprises that would come with the trip.The moment we landed i knew this was going to be an experience of a lifetime. Samuel was waiting for us at the airport.New places can be scary... More

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KEX_Manager, Manager at Kipungani Explorer, responded to this review

Dear Lydia, thank you so much for gracing Kipungani Explorer with your presence forsuch a special moment in your life; your honeymoon. Thank you for the great comments about our staff, I am glad that Samuel and the entire team took good care of you and ensured that they exceeded your expectations. We at Kipungani Explorer value our customers and... More

Red Deer, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

After 3 weeks of safari in Kenya, we were ready for a little R&R on the beach. We were picked up at the airport by friendly staff who escorted us to the resort. All the staff were waiting to greet us when we arrived. We quickly learned that Dismas would look after all of bar needs (coming up with a... More

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BeutifulKenya64, Group Operations Manager at Kipungani Explorer, responded to this review

It is true Kipungani Explorer is a Haven. You will be spoiled when you visit this property. The Food, The Environment and the People make the triple package unequaled anywhere in the World in my opinion. I am so humbled to be working with this facility. Even more privileged to serve Guests like you. Welcome back. The Kipungani Team More

Nairobi, Kenya
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

At first when we arrived I had my doubts but as we continued to stay at Kipungani explorer we were pleasantly surprised by the quality of service. The rooms were just like photos you see on a honeymoon scene. Our room was right next to the ocean so the sound of the water throughout the night was very relaxing. My... More

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BeutifulKenya64, Group Operations Manager at Kipungani Explorer, responded to this review

Dear Guest, We are so glad we contributed to your enjoyment. The Kipungani Team More

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Address: P O Box 63, Lamu Island, Kenya
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Location: Kenya > Coast Province > Lamu Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:3 star — Kipungani Explorer 3*
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Overlooking the tranquil waters of the sheltered Kipungani Channel, on the remote southwestern tip of Lamu Island, Kipungani is a dream destination for those seeking a true away-from-it-all desert island holiday.Our 16 spacious bandas are shaded by the palm trees that line our 600-metre beachfront, the bandas are constructed entirely from local materials, with mkeka palm floors and makuti thatch roofs woven by residents of neighbouring Kipungani village. ... more   less 
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