Kipungani means ‘the place of fresh air’ in Swahili, and is found on one of Africa’s most remote, relaxing, and richly romantic coastal hideaways.
This ancient Arabian island-paradise overlooks the tranquil waters of the sheltered Kipungani Channel. It offers a truly relaxing beach experience by Heritage hotels who have other luxury camps around Kenya.For those seeking a truly relaxing, desert island holiday, Kipungani is the perfect destination. It’s just a few degrees sounth of the equator on a near-deserted 12-kilometre beach.
There are 13 spacious bandas which are shaded by palm trees that line the 600-metre beachfront. Made almost entirely from local materials; mkeka palm floors and makuti thatch roofs, the spacious interiors are a picture of rustic simplicity. Giant king-size beds and handmade furniture all come from local mangrove and palm woods.
Each Banda has a gorgeous view from an ocean-facing veranda.Here guests are invited to relax on local funzi sofas and chairs which colourful cushions which are piled up high.
The bandas all have freshwater showers, separate dressing areas with wash basins and flush toilets.
The lounge and bar at Kipungani enhance your complete relaxation facing the sunset with driftwood furniture and comfortable scatter cushions. A small tropical garden houses the dining room and library which offers a selection of books, magazines and board-games for guests to use. Not far away is the freshwater swimming pool which has an all-day bar service. There is a small gift shop with local handicrafts and ‘beach essentials’. Other amenities include safety deposit facilities and a generator to provide electricity. Even though the location is remote, there is mobile phone coverage and VSAT Internet links. Because Kipungani is away from it all, you are sure to enjoy the relaxing boat ride which takes guests from Kipungani to Lamu town and Manda airport
* Snorkeling and swimming with ‘Africa’s friendliest dolphins’ on the reefs of Kinyika and Manda Toto * Waterskiing and kayaking in the Kipungani channel * Sailing and sunset cruises aboard our Arab dhows * Barracuda fishing from beach, dhow or speedboat * Deep sea game fishing (please book in advance * Crab-catching excursions with expert fishermen * Bird walks around the property and beach dunes * Visits to Lamu’s historic mosques, markets and museums * Day trips to the ruined 14th century fort on Manda Island * Tours of local boat-building and mat-weaving industries.
Kipungani Explorer is located in Lamu. In 2001, Lamu Old Town was declared a World Heritage Site, and with it came the annual Lamu Cultural Festival. The three day festival around 25-28 November is an opportunity to experience song, dance and poetry in this 700 year old town.
This is the place to come to relax and enjoy, either as a family or a romatic retreat from busy city life.
For some, Kipungani is the perfect location for a wedding. whether it be a traditional wedding according to your customs, or a ceremony which incorporates the local finery of the indigenous people. From the vows to the celebration party – just present your wish list – and Kipiganani will put it all together.
Kipungani belongs to Heritage Hotels, together with:
- Mara Intrepids (Masai Mara)
- Mara Explorer (Masai Mara)
- Great Rift Valley Lodge and Golf Resort (Naivasha)
- Voyager Beach Resort (Mombasa)
- Voyager Ziwani (Tsavo West)
- Samburu Intrepids (Samburu)
Directions: After a 90-minute flight from Nairobi, guests are met at Manda Island and transported by boat to the lodge.