Accommodation

 

Attention regarding the Mombasa/ Likoni Ferry Crossing: Recently the ferry crossing has been taking 30 minutes to 1 hour each way, including the ferry queue and crossing time.  Please allow for this if you are coming from Mombasa or the north coast and hoping to get a 9am dhow from Shimoni wharf to Kisite Reef, or you may literally miss your boat.  This shouldn’t be a problem if you have booked a private excursion, but if you plan to join a group excursion you need to allow plenty of time or consider one of the accommodation options below.  Half an hour also needs to be allowed to purchase your Marine Park ticket at the KWS HQ and get yourself to the end of the jetty.

 
KWS Shimoni Bandas:  Our seven sturdy, one-bedroom bandas are nestled in the midst of a coastal forest with towering trees all around.  These huts have good ventilation for our tropical climate.  Our wildlife (Sykes and Angolan colobus monkeys, the occasional baboon, bushbabies also known as galagos, butterflies and other wild creatures) will entertain you.  There are five self-contained bandas (with inside toilet and shower), each with a double bed.  Then there are two other bandas, one with a double bed and one with two single beds.  There are two toilet and shower blocks and a communal kitchen/ dining area.   You may use the communal kitchen/ dining area with its gas stove and complete set of kitchen/ dining utensils or choose to have a table, stove, and utensils set up on the veranda of your banda if you ask for a banda with a veranda.  A shared communal fridge is available. Ask for a jerrycan of water for cooking and drinking (it’s free!). The bandas come with a caretaker as well as electricity (although Shimoni has frequent power cuts), fans, sheets, blankets, pillows, towels, mosquito nets, soap and toilet paper.  It’s BYO modem for internet if you can’t live without it: Telkom works really well and Safaricom works. Most visitors are completely happy with our bandas but if the rustic life is not for you, you may need to look elsewhere for accommodation.  One Ethiopian couple wrote that they were glad to have missed their booking for an expensive hotel because the atmosphere of the bandas in the forest was so perfect.
 
Banda Rates:
2000/- KES per banda per night (no differences with nationality or season as in some other parks)
 
Camping at KWS Shimoni HQ:
Toilet and shower facilities are available nearby and there is a monkey-proof kitchen on site with a choice of gas or firewood.  You may bring your own cooking equipment and utensils to cook for yourself or choose to eat in the village or at one of the hotels.
Rates per night:-
Adults: East African citizens 250/-,  East African residents 600/- , non-residents $US 30
Children: East African citizens 200/-,  East African residents 300/- , non-residents $US 25
Tent hire: 600/- per 2-person tent per night (mattresses included but no bedding)
Special Campsite (Lower Mpunguti Island):

IMG_0324Rate per night:- Adults: East African citizens 500/-,  East African residents 600/- , non-residents $US 50

Children: East African citizens 250/-,  East African residents 350/- , non-residents $US 25
Tent hire: 600/- per 2-person tent per night (tent and mattresses)
There is also a 7500/- reservation fee which guarantees that the island is exclusively yours. This applies no matter the length of your stay.
Please note that there are absolutely NO facilities on Lower Mpunguti Island, except those which you bring yourself.  And you will need to watch what you leave outside of unzippered tents or the coconut crabs may carry it away!  These crabs weigh up to 4 kgs and are seen most often in the evenings.
Booking KWS bandas and campsites: To check availability for your chosen dates and make your booking, please phone Roy on 0724 242 990. If this fails, phone the hotline: 0723 929 766.
*** Shimoni often has problems with its mobile phone and internet network so if your phone call doesn’t get through, please try texting instead. ***
 
Meals: KWS bandas and camping are self-catering.  You may choose to bring your own food and drinks or eat out in the village or at one of the hotels.  For campers there is no fridge, so bring a cool-box and ice if you feel the need.  Basic foodstuffs and bottled water are available in Shimoni village.  Sometimes you will find fresh fish at the fish market not far from the Shimoni T-junction.
 
Hotels: Shimoni Reef (http://shimonireeflodge.com), Pemba Channel Lodge (http://pembachannellodge.com), Firefly Ocean Camp (http://fireflyoceancamp.com), Betty’s Camp (http://bettys-camp.com) are in Shimoni.  Shimoni Reef also offers cottages where you can choose to be self-catering or eat with the hotel guests.
 
Wasini Island and Shimoni: Various home-stay, camping and guest house options are available on Wasini Island, along with the Paradise Divers Lodge (which can be found on booking.com). Airbnb has a number of options for both Wasini Island and Shimoni. Some options are found on wasini.net.
Shimba Hills:  Due to the traveling distance and time from Mombasa and the north coast, some vistors to Kisite choose to combine their trip with a visit to Shimba Hills National Reserve.  There you can stay in bandas, camp, or stay in a nearby hotel such as Shimba Hills Lodge Hotel or the Sable Valley Treehouse.  The Mwaluganje Elephant Sanctuary is another option for both a visit and accommodation right next to Shimba Hills.
 
Diani/ Tiwi/ Ukunda/ Msambweni: These localities offer a full of a range of guest houses and hotels, plus houses to rent, from budget to luxury options. Try hotels.com, airbnb, travel.jumia.com, or booking.com. You will need to organize your own vehicle or plan to join an organized tour group which will pick you up from your accommodation early in the morning.
 
Disclaimer: The management and staff of KWS Kisite-Mpunguti take no responsibility for your choice of any of these accommodation options.  We are simply presenting these links to facilitate your holiday research.  A link’s presence here does not constitute our recommendation.  Please do your homework!