I stayed with Wendy for 7 weeks during my medical elective at Kilifi District Hospital. We had an exceptionally warm welcome, with a tour of the town and a lovely lunch and dinner cooked for us (Wendy will sometimes do this as a one off, although it is a B&B). There are often 2-4 students staying at any one time so it is a good way to get to know a few other young people.
The house itself is beautiful, with a private beach and lovely views over the creek. Each room is en-suite with a big double bed and mosquito net. Wendy is a great host with a lot of local knowledge to impart, including plenty of advice for day trips and weekend trips. There is a laundry service and big breakfasts too!
There are a lot of animals, and although I loved this (the dogs are very soppy and affectionate!), I appreciate that this may be a drawback for other people. The parrots are very noisy at 6:30 am every day! There are also a lot of mosquitoes and the house is very open so there is no getting away from them. But I'm not sure you'd avoid them in Kilifi!
In terms of facilities, some people might be interested to know ...
- There is no internet provided, but you can buy a dongle and credit (the Orange network has good enough signal for a skype chat), and Wendy sometimes has spares that she can lend out.
- There is a TV with a DVD player, but no channels as far as I could tell. So just for movies. Wendy is happy for students to use this living room area.
- Guests are not permitted to cook in the kitchen, but are allowed to use the crockery/cutlery/toaster/toasty-maker/microwave, so can make a simple dinner. This was the main draw back for us, but Wendy can advise on good places to eat out, and she will let you cook once in a while if it is for the entire house.
Accommodation at Wendy's can be arranged through the electives administrator at the hospital. I would highly recommend it. I felt thoroughly at home!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Wendy's home, What Next, is a lovely, airy house set in beautiful private gardens overlooking Kilifi Creek. The rooms are all private, en-suite and well kept but the real magic of a stay here is the chance to have a good old natter with Wendy! Wendy is a qualified safari guide, a font of general and local knowledge and can tell you everything you need to know and more. Her hospitality and sense of fun is what makes a stay at What Next truly memorable. Perfect for anyone looking to have the comforts of a home stay, whether for a night or a month. The property has access to the beach and is also close to Kilifi for access to shops and banks. ... more less