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“Kijani House saved our trip”
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Kijani Hotel
Ranked #3 of 10 Hotels in Lamu Island
Nairobi, Kenya
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22 reviews
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“Kijani House saved our trip”
Reviewed January 9, 2012

Kijani House is a wonderful place and I hope that people will overcome security concerns and spend a few days there. I went with my family to Lamu in April 2011 and we had booked a different guest house which turned out to be a disaster. So we ran all over town looking for another place and when we came to Kijani they were super helpful. Found us all rooms, we needed three - and they charged us EA resident rates even though only one of us was Kenyan. The rooms were beautiful, there are two pools, in which my son spent virtually the entire time, the location is wonderful, and the food is really nice. The staff set up a dhow trip out to Manda Island for us and it was fabulous! We had a picnic lunch from the boat and it was the tastiest food I've had in a long time. It is a great family place to stay or a nice place for a romantic weekend. This is the first review I've written on trip advisor, but these folks were so helpful I wanted to recommend them. Lamu is such a wonderful place and Kijani House will ensure that you have a great time. I hope to get back there soon!

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  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with family
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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed December 7, 2011

We have just spent four days at this wonderful place...a walled in compound of historic Sweahili homes, beautifully maintained, tastefully appointed, with rooms overlooking the beach lined with dhows and pedestrian/ donkey traffic (no motorized vehicles here!), and a lovely central courtyard and pool. The menus and wine options are first rate. The owners and staff provide impeccable service, including pick up and send off at the airport, and access to superb guides, ferry and dhow captains. Above all, there is excellent security, including regular army/police patrols of the area, and resident night guards, which make the blanket warnings against tourism in Lamu ridiculous. We have never felt safer or better taken care of. Make sure you go!!!!

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Doha, Qatar
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38 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed August 30, 2011

First time to Lamu (Shela) and this ws a recommendation which turned out to be a good one! We enjoyed the upstairs to our room with a view over the sea, food was good, service good too. Our last day there we were the only ones in residence so we had the place to ourselves! A real little oasis when you come through the door into that flower filled courtyard. Highlight was the evening sail on the dhows up the creek, beautiful!

Room Tip: try and get a room in the courtyard area instead of going to the rooms off to the side. Most import...
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Geneva, Switzerland
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Reviewed August 19, 2011

Kijani is a beautiful place with a lush green courtyard around the pool and the sea at the doorstep. Also very nice rooms, very quiet, very clean. All in all recommendable! My favourite treat was the transfer to the airport by dhow and not by motor boat!

But: Compared to other places in Lamu/Shela it is hopelessly overpriced, not only the rooms. Lunch for 1,700 Shillings / dinner for 2,200 excl. drinks is just extortion.

If you don't need a pool but just a nice place to stay, we recommend having a look at the Baitil Aman guesthouse in Shela - we had lunch there one day and were shown around, and it seems to offer a more culturally authentic experience at a MUCH better rate for both accommodation and food!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
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Brooklyn, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed July 29, 2011

Lamu island is like nowhere else in Kenya. It is a strongly Muslim culture that shares more with Zanzibar than Mombasa.

Kijana was a well-run establishment with truly lovely gardens and setting. The decor was authentically Swahili and tasteful, and the rooms very comfortable. I enjoyed the pool and also the food, which was incredible (best food I ate in all Kenya) - seem to have a decidedly French influence, but also quite seafood heavy, delicate and carefully flavored.

Shela village is a bit more clean and safe compared to Lamu, which has more hustle and liveliness. But both strike me as authentic and rich in culture. The bar on the water at Peponi hotel is a 5 min walk and the open, wild Shela beach offers endless sand dunes after another 5.

Check out Fatuma's Tower in Shela for a truly magical experience- mazes of structures, gardens and pools... There yoga every day at 5pm and Regina can get you a great massage.

Skip Lamu museum, it's pretty dusty and not that exciting. Of course a dhow ride at sunset is lovely. I heard great things about taking a trip to manda island but I had to save something for next time.

  • Stayed July 2011
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Cambridge, UK
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Reviewed July 28, 2011

We stayed with 3 kids aged 12, 12 and 10. From the moment we arrived we were made to feel welcome by Pierre the owner and his team. This is a REALLY tranquil place - the staff are lovely and the rooms were atmospheric and comfortable without being flashy. The food was simple but delicious - and the breakfast about the best I've had anywhere in the world. It poured with rain for much of our 1st day but with the huge veranda outside our room overlooking the sea this really didn't matter - we just played cards, swam in the lovely pools, ate some more and chilled.

Shella beach is 5 minutes walk, Shella village s on your doorstep and Lamu town a 40 minute walk or a short boat ride away. This is Lamu made easy - but without losing the quintessential tranquility of the place, and (unlike so many places in Lamu and Manda) without being so 'western' as to make it feel pointless having made the effort to visit this very special part of Kenya.

Room Tip: great for couples or families in need of a relaxing break
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  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
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Oslo, Norway
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed July 16, 2011

Wonderful hotel with a lot of service providing the little extras. Lovely atmosphere within the hotels walls and great rooms. Close to the beach and everything else you need. Also, Shela is a much nicer place to stay than in Lamu itself.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
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Property: Kijani Hotel
Address: PO Box 266, Lamu Island 80500, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Coast Province > Lamu Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 10 Hotels in Lamu Island
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Kijani Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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. ... more   less 
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