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Simba + Oryx Beach Cottages
Nairobi, Kenya
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“Greatest affordable place in Diani”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 1, 2013

We travelled as a family and the boys absolutely loved the place. We were to stay for 1 night but extended it as the place was so great, Sue is very helpful and whatever you need she will advise.

The beachfront is clean, no beach boys and there is always security.

Lovely place!

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
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Bethesda, Maryland
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 7, 2013

cArrived with a group of college students for what was to be a four night stay only to find that the place was double-booked, though arrangements had been made to house us in a neighboring villa with immediate beach access. Unfortunately, said villa had neither wifi accress, not hot water; and its kitchen was ggas grungy with scarcely any containerized gas for cooking.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with friends
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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 11, 2013

Susan does a great job of managing this paradise! Each cottage has kitchen area, dining area, bedroom and bath...and a private veranda...and it's only steps to the beach...very affordable, small market and restaurants within walking distance...everything for a great get-a-way!

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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Rohnert Park, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 20, 2010

My wife and I stayed here this past December and enjoyed every second of our stay. We had originally book a cottage at Diani Beachalets but were VERY disappointed with their accommodations. After one night of sweltering heat, poor fans, very little sleep and about 60 bug bites on my wife, we needed to find a different place. On the recommendation of another resort owner, we headed to Simba + Oryx. Once I set foot on the property, I instantly felt relaxed. They don't have air conditioning, but the cottages are right on the beach and the property rises away from the water so our cottage was at the top of the hill and we could feel a constant breeze. The cottages are about 5 years old and in EXCELLENT, clean condition. They have newer appliances, granite countertops, are well decorated and have high powered fans above the very comfortable queen bed and in the living area. We stayed right before the highest season so for about $60/night, this was a screaming deal. It was double the price of the Diani Beachalets, but 100x more value. Finding Simba + Oryx saved the last week of our Kenya trip! Other than the cottages, the property is gated and security staff is on hand 24/7. The property is very beautiful and is maintained by a gardener every day. The staff is wonderful and we were lucky enough to stay when the families’ kids were home for Christmas break. Graham, Oliver, Naomi and Veronica made our stay very special! Also, Dr. Fish who came by everyday to sell us fresh fish, crab and prawns. I can't wait for my next trip!

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
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Nairobi
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 22, 2010

Very affordable self catering place to stay.
I stayed with my wife and young daughter over Easter and the ambiance and service were to my expectations. Its right at the beach and relatively new with good security.

The fact that there is no TV, radio or internet makes it very ideal for those who want to run away from the hustle and bustle of daily work life.

The only problem is the house cleaning interval of three days which should be reduced to two or even one day if you have children with you.

There was also no visitor brochure/directory detailing places of interest, eating and entertainment joints or even information about services such as laundry but lucky for me i was brought up near the place so knew my way around. A totally new visitor to the area would however find it hard to get around.

There is also no microwave oven to warm food (esp for the baby)

This is however a very good place to stay on minimum budget and with no disturbance from pesky beach boys.

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled with family
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Felix M, Owner at Simba + Oryx Beach Cottages, responded to this review, October 16, 2012
There is a guest information in every house, for additional suggestions kindly ask at the office.
On request we give out a microwave or an oven.
Daily cleaning or loundry can be requested at extra cost.
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Property: Simba + Oryx Beach Cottages
Address: Beach Rd, Galu beach, Diani Beach, Ukunda 80401, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Coast Province > Ukunda > Diani Beach
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Ranked #20 of 63 Specialty Lodging in Diani Beach
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Number of rooms: 10
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