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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
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Updated 01/20/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 01/20/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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#2 of 11 hotels in Lamu Island
Location
4.8
Cleanliness
4.7
Service
4.6
Value
4.5
Travelers' Choice
In the village of Shela, on the island of Lamu – just off the Kenya Coast – Kijani Hotel offers a unique accommodation with its 3,000 sq. metres of tropical garden. Located directly at the sea front with two fresh water swimming pools. Kijani Hotel Lamu has 10 rooms spread throughout the garden into three small separate traditional Swahili buildings which formerly were private homes.
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Property amenities
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Free breakfast
Beach
Bicycle rental
Airport transportation
Massage
Baggage storage
Wifi
Outdoor pool
Bar / lounge
Restaurant
Kids' meals
Special diet menus
Diving
Snorkeling
Windsurfing
Fishing
Board games / puzzles
Concierge
Mosquito net
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Laundry service
Ironing service
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Private balcony
Room service
Safe
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Complimentary toiletries
Room types
Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
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Quiet
Ocean View
Languages Spoken
English, French, Italian
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Julia F wrote a review Jul 2022
8 contributions5 helpful votes
I stayed with a friend at the Kijani Lamu Hotel and we would highly recommend it. The owners are local and really know the island and the people. The staff was unfailingly helpful, repeatedly going the extra mile to make our stay comfortable. The staff seemed to get along well with each other and the owners like a team. The rooms are unique and there is no detail overlooked. It's a great place to relax or to use as a home base while exploring the island.
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Hiral S wrote a review Jun 2022
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The management are very welcoming and we loved our time there. The rooms were clean and their location is brilliant, the staff were very attentive. We requested to have a Swahili breakfast one morning, the owners went out of their way to organize this for all the guests for Sunday breakfast. That was very special and we would definitely be returning there again.
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Date of stay: March 2022
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Anna F wrote a review May 2022
Ottawa, Canada116 contributions38 helpful votes
Family vacation in Lamu and I chose Kijani House based on the reviews on Tripadvisor. On disembarking from the water taxi we were warmly welcomed by Isaac and Elizabeth who immediately put us in relax mode. Rooms are decorated in ‘Lamu style’ and were spacious, clean and comfortable. Had dinner at the restaurant and on recommendation ordered the seafood platter. Thought one wouldn’t be enough for 4 people so ordered 2 and discovered that it was more than enough. One of the best seafood platters I’ve tasted with all kinds of seafood and generous amount of lobster. Daily breakfast was great. Service was a little slow and likely because of distance of restaurant from main kitchen. All in all we had a great time in Lamu and Kijani certainly contributed to making our stay even better. Shout out to Timothy, Evans and Tsofa to name a few. All staff were extremely helpful and friendly. We will certainly be back
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Date of stay: February 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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728erina wrote a review May 2022
Nairobi, Kenya8 contributions2 helpful votes
Thank you to all the staff at Kijani for making our stay so comfortable, relaxing and fun. The food was truy delicious- hard to say which is better- the breakfast or dinner! The eggs benedict was delicious as were the puddings (passionfruit creme brulee was divine.) Elizabeth at reception was charming and accomodating. Being in a small hotel, we could eat meals where and when we wanted. The owner took on our suggestions and comments and seemed truly keen to make our stay perfect. Really good value, stunning grounds and we loved the tortoises and Mr Nice, the sweet dog. Kijani is a true Lamu gem!
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Date of stay: May 2022
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Sékoura A wrote a review May 2022
Paris, France2 contributions
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kijani is the best hotel in lamu! I can only advise you to go there!! The rooms are amazing with impeccable cleanliness, the service is impeccable, the employees are smiling and very professional!! and the kitchen… It is extraordinary!! During my stay in Kijani I went to dinner one evening at the Peponi hotel. Frankly, I was very disappointed!! I strongly advise you to have your meals at Kijani!! It’s so good and they only use fresh and healthy products and it's very affordable!!! and the manager of the hotel Trish is extremely nice, attentive to everything and very professional! Kijani, it feels like home!!
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Date of stay: November 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Kim wrote a review May 2022
London, United Kingdom3 contributions
Kijani has nice rooms. Airy and spacious. It’s very noisy though, the call to pray happens early in the morning and other times as well, apparently this is a known thing in Lamu. The many donkeys that abound make a load noise often. So sleep is not a key expectation. The position is nice. A few hundred meters walk to the beach. The restaurant is gorgeous with good food. There is a tree house place to sit. The pool is small, chlorine (generally they are green conscious except for the pool). With grass around. There is a water filter where you can fill bottles. The price is expensive but that seems to be a thing in Lamu in general.
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Date of stay: December 2021Trip type: Traveled with family
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Response from Trisala Bid, Owner at Kijani
Responded May 11, 2022
Hello Kim thank you for taking the time to share your experience with other travelers. from the date of your review, it seems you have visited over the holy month of Ramadan which in that month there is a lot of prayer going on. I suspect they use the loudspeaker is for the sake of the women who are not permitted to go to mosques but still want to hear the prayers .. ( it is very known that Lamu is a heavily Muslim community ) the holy month shifts every year by two weeks ( earlier each year ) .. just for future reference the mosques call to prayer five times a day it is the norm.. and sometimes the alluring charm of these islands. I am sure you will find the whole island, village, and hotel more peaceful during the usual months. I really appreciate all your positive comments the team will be happy to read them, I love that you noticed our effort to be as green as possible .. and that you love our food we love creating dishes that make people happy we do have a vision for developing the hotel and its amenities, especially a sexier pool. thank you so much for your visit and choosing we do hope to host you again in the future ..
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Tonykaranja wrote a review Feb 2022
Nairobi, Kenya3 contributions2 helpful votes
My girlfriend and I went down to Kijani for valentines weekend .We be Kijani because our preference Peponi was full, so we decided to give Kijani a chance.When we checked into our room the beddings were dirty so we requested them to be changed.Which was done.Day two I requested more Toilet paper (as we had completely run out), The manager a fellow called Ahmed I think could care less.we had to address the owner so as to get this done.We also requested Doom as our first night was a mosquito fest.This was also like pulling teeth.All in all we decided to make the best of a bad situation and spent our time in other locations and only came back to Kijani to sleep.I would not go back to Kijani even if it were complementary.Visit at your own peril.
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Date of stay: February 2022
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Response from Trisala Bid, Owner at Kijani
Responded May 11, 2022
Hello Mr. Karanja .. firstly I would sincerely offer my apologies for your poor experience at our place. I am deeply saddened to hear about your experience. secondly, I would really like to thank you for your feedback it's very important to me and the rest of the management to get such feedback to allow us to improve and avoid such incidences. I was not on-site during your stay but was kept apprised by my supervisor Mohammed and the owners who were on site. I am so sorry that bedding wasn't clean despite your room being inspected before you arrived I can't imagine why that was missed. the housekeeping team and I truly apologize for that .. ( thanks to your feedback I have implemented more stringent, and diligent room checks ) Toilet paper I followed up on this incident with the owner MR Bid ..there weren't any rolls in your bathroom as you had moved them to the balcony. I also followed up on the CCTV installed in front of your room, offices, and stores he reasonably hurried to the stores and returned to replenish the rolls for you .. apologies again for this inconvenience caused by our team. as for the DOOM. sadly or NOT sadly kijani is continually striving to make small steps to protect our environment and be as green as possible we are conscious of what kind of products we bring on the island their chemical composition and packaging thus why we have refillable spray bottles with a Dudu product used in many renowned camps around Kenya. Has proved effective so far .. ( we also provide multiple sandbags to keep your mosquito net well-weighted and nicely closed once you enter .. we do apologize for the bites however It cant be pleasant .. I am so sorry you would never return but if you would consider I would love the opportunity to show how we truly regret that you had such a negative experience and would love the chance to show you it was not the norm at kijani.
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Åse Jorunn Kokaas wrote a review Feb 2022
Korshamn, Norway234 contributions16 helpful votes
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Great place with nice atmosphere, nice staff and very good food. From the menu I would recommend most things. The omelette for breakfast Spaghetti with shells for lunch, seafood platter for dinner was very good. Feel free to take a walk along the beach, nice areas for swimming. Sailboat trip at sunset was magically beautiful and can be recommended. The only thing I wish, was that the people at Lamu had picked up more rubbish and plastic at the beach
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Date of stay: February 2022Trip type: Traveled with friends
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Response from Trisala Bid, Owner at Kijani
Responded May 11, 2022
Thank you for sharing your experience with other travelers we really appreciate you taking the time we are so lucky to be blessed with yummy fresh seafood we are glad to hear you enjoyed our food. we really hope to host you again and show you more of the islands we all really wish the same about the rubbish worldwide and locally I do believe many efforts are being made by locals and NGOs to make a change. all the best
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Dilesh Bid wrote a review Feb 2022
Nairobi, Kenya49 contributions4 helpful votes
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Our visit to Kijani, with two family friends, was great they enjoyed Kijani, this their first visit to lamu , they stayed in the newly upgraded room no 1,2 and 3 , The foods and service was great The sun rise walk with Mr Nice on beach and walking back through the Dunes and Villiage was a experience , Kijani serviced us Swalli Khawa in court yard in the village, Kijani chef made sardines which we bought fresh on beach - yummy !! , Sundown on top Tris house was the best
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Date of stay: February 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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Response from Trisala Bid, Owner at Kijani
Responded May 11, 2022
Thank you for taking the time to leave a review we hope you visit us son for some yummy food and funtimes
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Kepha A wrote a review Jan 2022
Nairobi, Kenya2 contributions2 helpful votes
Greatly enjoyed the accommodation, food, hospitality and the warm staff. Our first time in Lamu and we thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Would recommend Kijani as it is also very close to Shela beach and also a walking distance from Lamu Town.
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Date of stay: January 2022Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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Response from Trisala Bid, Owner at Kijani
Responded May 11, 2022
Dear kepha thank you for taking the time to leave a review and your lovely recommendation we really hope to host you at kijani one day soon karibu tena
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PRICE RANGE
$208 - $231 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
ALSO KNOWN AS
kijani hotel lamu
LOCATION
KenyaCoast ProvinceLamu Island
NUMBER OF ROOMS
10
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Frequently Asked Questions about Kijani
Which popular attractions are close to Kijani?
Nearby attractions include Lamu Old Town (1.9 miles), Lamu Museum (1.9 miles), and Lamu Mysteries (1.9 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Kijani?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and a pool.
What food & drink options are available at Kijani?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to Kijani?
Conveniently located restaurants include Peponi Hotel Restaurant, Whispers Coffeeshop, and Seafront Cafe.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Kijani?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Does Kijani have airport transportation?
Yes, Kijani offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Kijani?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, French, and Italian.
Are there any historical sites close to Kijani?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Lamu Old Town (1.9 miles).
Does Kijani have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.