Very bare-bones. It is essentially assisted camping, not a luxurious stay by any standard.
The hosts are very friendly and provide a very casual atmosphere.
The beach is not that clean--full of debris and small crabs. Water is more green-brown than blue. Definitely not a beach you lay out on.
The individual bandas (huts) are separated from each other and the main lodge. Walking back and forth requires dodging small crabs. Note that the bandas do not close completely; there are no doors. Therefore it is very easy for insects to sneak into your banda and bed, as we learned the hard way one night.
Lamu town may have been an interesting city in the past; however, it reminds me of a favela by the time we visited in 2007. You should definitely use their recommended guide.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Kizingo is the ultimate 'no news, no shoes’ beach resort - a wonderful secluded and tranquil escape from the modern world. The lodge is situated at one end of a spectacular 12-kilometre beach that stretches from Kizingo (which means 'the point’ in Swahili) to the fashionable village of Shela. Kizingo has eight beautifully appointed bandas (thatched cottages), set well apart from each other. In the early morning you can enjoy tea in bed and watch fishing dhows tack south to Malindi.Guests can be as private or as social as they wish, opting to enjoy fine dining on the balcony of their banda or join other guests in the bar and the dining room with their magnficent views across the bay to mainland Kenya where giant baobab trees spread into the brilliant blue sky.Kizingo is owned and run by the van Aardt family, who were all born in Africa. Due to their long and close relationship with the local village, its chief leased them this stunning beachfront land to build a small resort that is both eco-friendly and very comfortable. Like all the best resorts in Kenya, Kizingo has a symbiotic relationship with the local village, an hour away on foot, and with farmers on the mainland who grow food and make furniture for the lodge.The swimming is excellent, both in the Indian Ocean and in the calm waters of the channel that separates Lamu from the mainland. For the more energetic there is a big choice of activities including a guided tour of historic Lamu Town, excellent snorkelling, the chance to swim with dolphins in the winter months and cycle rides to friendly African villages on the mainland. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kizingo Hotel Lamu Island
- Kizingo Resort Lamu