Have stayed here on eight different occasions, and have greatly enjoyed every time. Set in a cluster of buildings just off the white sands of the Indian Ocean, rooms are basic but clean. The staff are very warm and friendly - and can help arrange excursions (e.g. safaris to nearby Arabuko-Sokoke Forest, Mida Creek, or Tsavo East/West game reserves, snorkeling in the Watamu Marine Park, day trips to Mombasa, etc.) as well as advise you on local attractions (shopping in Watamu and Malindi, visits to the Bio-Ken snake park, etc.). Meals are eaten communal style (except for breakfast), and there is decent wifi. Be sure to take advantage of local natural history expertise - opportunities to view wildlife (especially birds and marine life) abound, and folks at Mwamba can connect you with some terrific guides. Highly recommended for a memorable stay in the Watamu area!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- As well as being a welcoming guesthouse, Mwamba is a field study centre for the work of A Rocha Kenya, an environmental conservation organisation. Visitors enjoy a privileged location, out of the busy centre of Watamu and only a few metres from a calm beach onto the Indian Ocean. The staff and volunteers are very welcoming and will be be happy to share what they're working on with you, you might even be invited to one of their bird-ringing session and discover beautiful local birds!This alternative to traditional tourist hotels introduces you to local culture, dishes and people, so you can truly experience a sense of Kenya lifestyle! By staying here, you will contribute to financially support our work in the local community. Main guest rooms have 2 or 3 beds, with en suite shower and toilet facilities. Towels and bed linen are provided, and all beds are provided with mosquito nets. Meals are catered for at lunch and dinner, and tea and coffee available throughout the day. ... more less