Shambani was an excellent place for us to meet our daughter and her family who are international workers on an island in the Indian ocean. There were 6 of us in the Mamba cottage - plenty of room, nice large upstairs room for their family and separate bathrooms, nice dining area and family space.
The pool was fabulous with two kids under 4 years old and we spent many hours swimming there. The beach is beautiful and safe during the day (of course you have to deal a bit with the beach boys, but it is manageable - just say "asante - but "no" and you will be ok).
The service was great. Mr Ali was a very good chef (I would highly recommend him) and even made a birthday cake for us. We had a great variety of food - white and red snapper, lobster, chicken, hamburgers...and there is a Nakumatt grocery store just a short Matatu ride away (very nice). We arrived around 1:00am after 30 hours of traveling and it was very nice to have Mr. Ali there with fresh juice and to cook us some pasta and it was very good that they had stocked the refrigerator with some food for the first day or two.
All arrangements and payments went as planned with no errors in pickup times at the airport or any of the tours we took. Euros or dollars work well, and there are several ATM's within a few miles to get Kenyan Schillings.
Saleem set up some nice short excursions for us (we could not easily do Tsavo safari with the kids, so we had a very nice time in Shimba Hills and he also set up a trip into Mombasa to see Fort Jesus.
The office staff was very helpful and helped us with everything we needed.
The weather was very hot - it would have been nice to have one air conditioned room in Mamba. I believe Paolo has some air conditioning in other cottages and if you are affected by the heat, I would recommend one.
Shambani is a very nice place to stay in Mombasa.
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