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Galu Beach, Diani, Kenya
- Small, all-inclusive luxury resort owned by a Swedish family
- A paradise for those wanting a more personal experience
- Located on a tranquil private beach of the Indian Ocean in Diani
Facilities includeWIFI Two swimming pools Sporting canoes and snorkelling equipment available PADI certificate for non-experienced divers
- Horse Riding
- Deep Sea Fishing
- Sacred Kaya Forest
- Health and Wellbeing
Seasons in Kenya
About Kinondo Kwetu
Home to Ida and Filip Andersson, a Swedish family related to the famed Baron Blixen, Kinondo Kwetu is often described as a ‘home away from home’ - a paradise for those wanting a more personal experience on the Kenyan coast. Kinondo Kwetu is a small, all-inclusive luxury resort owned and operated by us. But beyond the accommodations, food, and amenities you would expect, it also offers another kind of luxury.We are talking about the luxury of peace and quiet. Of freedom and rest.
Located on a tranquil private beach south of Diani, distanced from residential neighbours by rocky cliffs and endless beach, Kinondo Kwetu is classified as a ‘Kaya’ area (protected by the National Museum) due to its surrounding holy forests and sacred land. With various forms of accommodation, all surrounded by green shady gardens and just a few steps from the white sandy beach, Kinondo Kwetu can cater for up to 38 people and is also able to facilitate exclusive use of selected parts.
In addition to relaxing in the sun and swimming in the Indian Ocean, Kinondo Kwetu offers an impressive selection of exciting activities – ranging from watersports such as kite surfing, deep sea fishing and scuba diving, to land activities such as game drives in the nearby Shimba Hills, horse riding and yoga weeks.
Kinondo Kwetu is an area of holy trees and some very old graves, declared as a Kaya area. A
Kaya is protected by the National Museum of Kenya, in this case protected due to its traditionally
sacred meaning to the inhabitants of the area. Many of the trees in Kinondo Kwetu are sacred to
the Kinondo people (who believe their old ancestors live amongst the trees), especially the very old
Baobab tree with an open trunk. Therefore, people from Kinondo are always welcome to visit
Kinondo Kwetu, and are allowed to hold their ceremonies at the holy trees and under the holy cliff.
It’s a truly magical experience for guests to witness these events.
Shimba Hills National Park is just 45-minutes drive from Kinondo Kwetu, great for game drives with
Kinondo Kwetu’s experienced Safari guide. Guests can expect to see elephants, sable antelopes,
giraffes and many other species of wildlife.
The unspoilt coral reefs along Galu Beach boast a generous variety of marine life. One can see a
range of exotic species – from angel and parrot fish to dolphins, sea turtles, Barracuda black and
white tipped reef sharks, as well as humpback whales (July through to October) and whale sharks
(October through to March).
Deep sea fishing is also available with catches such as Tuna, Wahoo, Barracuda and Marlin.
The bird life around Kinondo Kwetu is exceptionally rich – often described as a “bird lovers’
paradise”. Apart from that, Colobus monkeys are frequent visitors to the lodge as well.
How to get there
We will assist you with all necessary internal transfers after booking.
Ukunda Airstrip is a 10 minute drive from Kinondo.
Several flights daily from safari lodges and Nairobi.
Private charters from anywhere.
Mombasa International Airport is a 2 hour drive from Kinondo, including crossing the ferry.
A private charter from Mombasa is a 10-minute flight.
Multiple daily scheduled flights from Nairobi
JKIA with Kenya Airways
From Mombasa - approximately 45 mins (from Likoni)
Mombasa ferry to Likoni
NB. All prices and times are subject to change.
When to go
Kinondo Kwetu is closed from May to June for the rains.
January – February: It is hot but windy and beginning to cool
December – March: Kazkasi wind, 35 C but cool breeze
March – April: Cooler, humid before the rains
July – August: Little rain and good average temperature of around 24 C night and 30 C day. This time of year the sea is a bit rough
September – October: Warmer because the winds tend to drop
November: Little nightly rains, nice time for most activities
Cash (US$ newer than 2006, Euro, Sterling, KSH), cheques, Visa & MasterCard.
Note: Transaction fees are charged for all credit card payments. Please bring cash for tipping.
All tips are at the guests’ discretion. Should guests wish to leave a tip at the end of their stay, they can place it in the main tip box located in the office. Tips are distributed evenly to all staff members. Recommended are US$ 12 per room per day.
Mobile phones: Phone signal is available (Celtel and Safaricom) at all times.
Malaria is endemic on the Kenya coast so there is an effective risk all year round.However, Kinondo Kwetu is remote from urban centres with a strong breeze all your around, and with correct prophylactics & sensible use of insect repellents the risk of malaria is minimal. All rooms are equipped with impregnated mosquito nets.
Travelling with children
Children under the age of 6 years are free of charge when sharing with an adult.
A child in their own room will be charged a single room rate.
A child in a third bed pays 50% of the adult sharing price.
Children between the ages of 6-11 years pay 65% of the adult sharing price.
Children between the ages of 12-17 years pay 75% of the adult sharing price.
18 years and above will be charged the full adult rate.
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What happens next?
- One of our experts will reply to you within 12 hours.
- We will customise your requirements with the help of our true expert knowledge.
- We will create the best experience possible at a truly transparent price.