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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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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

I absolutely love Distant Relatives and am so lucky I have got to visit twice, once being this recent New Years (which was amazing). It is such a special place with amazing staff, guests, and locals who create a very relaxed and yet inclusive atmosphere. Kilifi is by far the best place in Kenya and I always wish I could... More 

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Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

This place is so beautiful, you will certainly agree when you see it. The place is fantastic, the baobab tree right down the hill from the terrace mind blowing and the staff super super friendly. You have to check this place out. Trust me.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

Just came back from two weeks of paradise at Distant Relatives. I stayed in one of the Bandas. This place is amazing. Beautiful, clean, great food, fun and helpful staff, great events...and I made some wonderful new friends. I love it and will definitely make it my vacation spot at the Coast! Thanks for a great Christmas vacation!

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Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

I went to Distant Relatives as a solo, female traveler and had a fantastic time. The staff is excellent and really take care of you as soon as you arrive. The crowd is super friendly, making it easy to meet new people. I stayed at a private room, which was very spacious and comfortable, and it was nice to have... More 

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Karatu, Tanzania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

This place is absolutely amazing. The staff and other backpackers were very relaxed and fun to talk with. The double room that we got was very comfortable...the best part was the outdoor shower that was surrounded by banana trees and palms. They have composting toilets and a very chill atmosphere all around. A quick 5 minute walk away from Kilifi... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

Away from all the buzz. Total relaxation. 5 minute walk to a beautiful natural beach. Engage with the local community who are less annoying than the ocean beach Boys. Great food, team supports with any request like transport and tourism tips. Pretty houses. It's an ecolodge prepare for animals and bugs. Mosquito nets are there though

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

My friend and I stayed at Distant Relatives for a couple of nights in June. We were picked up at the airport in Mombasa by Mark, and then made the fairly long, crazy journey to Kilifi. The small town seems to be struggling quite a bit due to all the recent drama in Kenya, which is a shame because it's... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

It's my own fault for not checking closer that the ocean is actually located really far from the lodge, as in 15 minutes or more driving. There is a beach on the creek, but it was really busy every time I went, so it wasn't worth it. That said, the place itself was delightful! The staff were fabulous, friendly but... More 

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Nairobi, Kenya
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

i traveled to distance relative with the intention of being there for three days but it was such fun that i spent four days. its a perfect place away from the usual hotels and town setting. it served the purpose of travel perfectly. in addition you get personalized services since the team is very friendly. anytime you are there it... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

Oh my what a nice way to convert a countryside land into a an eco system lounge.Kilifi located in coast town of kenya close enough to the beach.we had a nice time spending with my friends and we were touched exhibited by the owners together with the service rendered.we slept at the clean but affordable self contained bandas .had a... 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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Number of rooms: 5
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