Distant Relatives Ecolodge & Backpackers
Nestled between the Giriama village of Fumbini and the beautiful emerald waters of Kilifi Creek, Distant Relatives is both a message of optimism and an experimental model of environmentally and socially conscious living. Adventurers from around the world gather here to share tales of the road, mingle with the local community, and enjoy the beautiful ocean views and sunsets that Kenya has to offer. In just one hour’s drive from either Mombasa or Malindi you could be joining us for reef snorkeling trips, moonlit dhow sailing, village walks and beach bonfires, wild cliff adventures, and various live music events.
Distant Relatives is a new and unique ecolodge, hostel and backpackers, and an exceptional budget-friendly alternative to the classic hotels and resorts of the Kenyan Coast. Our accommodation options include camping, dormitories, safari tents, private rooms and beautifully designed ensuite bandas with their own charming private courtyards. Our kitchen serves some of the most delicious, mouth-watering and reasonably priced food on the coast. Wake up to the smell of local Kenyan coffee and go to bed after a full plate of fresh seafood pasta, grilled seasonal vegetables, or some of our signature Friday all-you-can-eat pizzas and free oysters!
At Distant Relatives, our philosophy has always been to work around nature, rather than making nature work around us. For us, caring for the environment and supporting our community will always be a priority and a passion, and we are happy that such efforts have led to our recent certification by Ecotourism Kenya.
Distant Relatives Ecolodge & Backpackers is staffed by a few travellers and a lot of locals ready with the best advice for your East African trip. In the spirit of Kenya’s tradition of generous hospitality, we look forward to welcoming you to our humble coastal shamba and making your stay in Kilifi the most memorable time you’ve had in East Africa!
Walk up from the emerald waters of Kilifi Creek into hills of Baobab, bougainvillea, mango and the noise of goats and village chatter, to find Distant Relatives: an experimental model of environmentally and socially conscious living. Here adventurers from around the world gather to share tales of the road and mingle with the local community.
Days are spent exploring forests, sailing the lagoon on traditional dhows or relaxing in the leafy gardens. Nights are wild or tranquil as one desires; stay in for a movie, a moonlit walk, a foolish moon party; or take a TukTuk into town for some wild times in Kilifi’s bars and restaurants.
Distant Relatives is staffed by travelers and locals ready with the best advice for your East African trip. We look forward to welcoming you with Kenya’s typically generous tradition of hospitality!
Facilities: Private beach & jetty, swimming pool, sailboat, bamboo showers, WIFI, 3D projector, 24/7 security, camping, dormitory, private rooms
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Hostel Facilities & Policies
- 24 hour reception
- 24 hour security
- Board Games
- Book exchange
- Breakfast not included
- Ceiling fan
- Child Friendly
- Common Room
- Credit Cards Not Accepted
- Free Parking
- Hot Showers
- House Keeping
- Laundry Facilities
- Linen Included
- Luggage Storage
- Meals Available
- Outdoor Swimming Pool
- Outdoor Terrace
- Pet Friendly
- Postal Service
- Reading Light
- Safety Deposit Box
- Swimming Pool
- Taxes included
- Tea/Coffee Making Facilities
- Tours/Travel Desk
- Wheelchair Accessible
Cancellation PolicyThis property has a 1 day cancellation policy. Failure to cancel within this time will result in a cancellation charge equal to the first night of your stay.
Must-Read Hostel InfoThis property has specific Terms & Conditions.
Cancellation policy: 24h advance notice
Late cancellation or noshow – one night charge
Payment upon arrival by cash only
Check in from 14.00
Check out before 11.00
Breakfast not included
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Distant Relatives is just a short distance (2km) from the main highway connecting Mombasa to Watamu, Malindi and Lamu.
If coming by public transport/ matatu, you can jump off at Kilifis Tuskys supermarket or at the bus station ( stage). From here, many motorbikes (piki-piki) and Tuk-Tuks will be able to take you to our place usually for about Ksh 100-200.
If you are driving: After crossing theKilifi bridge, you'll drive past Tusky's supermarket on your right. Further down the road, turn left when you see the sign 'Makuti Villas' as well our sign Distant Relatives Ecolodge & Backpackers. Follow the signs from there - we are located about 2.5km down this dirt road. Call us if you need anything!
If you would like us to organize a taxi to pick you up from Mombasa, Watamu, Malindi please contact us.
Distant Relatives is just a short distance (2km) from the main highway connecting Mombasa to Watamu, Malindi and Lamu. After crossing theKilifi bridge, you'll drive past Tusky's supermarket on your right. Further down the road, turn left when you see the sign 'Makuti Villas' as well our sign “Distant Relatives Ecolodge & Backpackers”. Follow the signs from there - we are located about 2.5km down this dirt road. Call us if you need anything!'