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Distant Relatives Ecolodge & Backpackers

Distant Relatives | Kenya Coast Backpackers Hostel | Kilifi, Mombasa | After crossing the Kilifi bridge, you'll drive past Tusky's supermarket on your right. Further down the road, turn left when you see the sign "Makuti Villas" as well our sign “Distant Relatives Ecolodge & Backpackers”. Follow the signs from there - we are located about 2.5km down this dirt road., Kilifi 80108, Kenya
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5 of 5 stars reviewed 5 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Amazing place, such character in such a small place. Stayed here while on a diving/sailing trip. Very we'll looked after by all staff, always a great atmosphere. I was even taken on a one on one trip to a local orphanage by a member of staff on his day off. Great local food and drinks and very interesting accommodation. Everything... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Distant Relatives is the perfect escape in Kilifi. Friends and I spent 5 days there over the NY period of 13/14 and we all absolutely fell in love with the place. The rooms are gorgeous (including the outdoor showers!), the location is perfect, the food is delicious (with many great vegetarian options!) and the staff are friendly. Please have a... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My girlfriend and I were travelling through Kenya and Tanzania in January and stayed for 4 nights at DR' on the way to Dar Es Salaam from Lamu. It's a genuine ecolodge, pig and chickens and all, with a good vibe, nice accommodation. It's off the beaten track but close enough on a picki picki bike or nice walk back... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

great place for budget travellers! The tree house dorm, bamboo shower, the ambience in the common area are amazing! i got great sleep in the tree house dorm. i enjoyed the water sports offered by 3 degrees south. the staff are very friendly and professional. looking forward to visiting again

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014 via mobile

Distant relatives is a cool welcoming environment,most welcoming place I have ever been.Oh,don't get me started on the peace n quiet!! You find great jovial n most importantly welcoming elite. It was a nice experience being there.long story short,its the perfect getaway place!!

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Nairobi, Kenya
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

Distant Relatives backpackers is fantastic place to unwind, relax, and enjoy the beauty that the Kenyan coast has to offer. The food is high quality (especially the all you can eat burger and pizza nights!), the rates are reasonable and the atmosphere is really chilled out. Although Kilifi isn't the most lively of towns, the staff here are really knowledgeable... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

easily the most beautiful backpackers i have EVER stayed at. the scenery is amazing, it is perched right above a beautiful "creek"of blue green water that feeds into the indian ocean. it is nestled back away from the town so it's quiet and secluded. Hammocks hanging all around camp and the sofas and pillows surrounding the pool make for the... More

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Kilifi, Kenya
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

Distant Relatives of Kilifi is not only affordable, accommodating, and offers plenty of amenities, but the tranquil, feel-good atmosphere alone is enough to warrant a visit. The staff is overly helpful and the people migrating in and out are friendly. The food is exceptional and the scenery is more than ideal. With so many admirable facets to this fine establishment,... More

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Nairobi, Kenya
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

We've been waiting for an A class spot at the coat to emerge since we were kids. There have always been hotels and there have always been guesthouses, but never has there been a place where we can always count on hanging out, learning a thing or two, and having a guaranteed laugh! Romain and Tom put on different events... More

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

Seriously good place to go, everyone's super friendly, the place is beautiful. It's also pretty convenient that the beach is literally down the hill and it was amazing to see the plankton glowing in the night when we took a dip as well. The food was incredible, I had the privilege of eating some seriously tasty goat whilst out there... More

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Address: Distant Relatives | Kenya Coast Backpackers Hostel | Kilifi, Mombasa | After crossing the Kilifi bridge, you'll drive past Tusky's supermarket on your right. Further down the road, turn left when you see the sign "Makuti Villas" as well our sign “Distant Relatives Ecolodge & Backpackers”. Follow the signs from there - we are located about 2.5km down this dirt road., Kilifi 80108, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Coast Province > Kilifi
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Walk up from the emerald waters of Kilifi Creek into hills of Baobab, bougainvillea, mango and the noise of goats and village chatter, to find Distant Relatives: an experimental model of environmentally and socially conscious living. Here adventurers from around the world gather to share tales of the road and mingle with the local community. Distant Relatives is staffed by travelers and locals ready with the best advice for your East African trip. ... more   less 
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