Overlooking a deserted 14 km beach on the south-western tip of Lamu Island, Kipungani Explorer is the perfect destination for those seeking a true desert island holiday.
After a 90 minute flight from Nairobi, you will be met at Manda Island and transported by boat to the lodge, which is located two degrees south of the Equator.
The 14 spacious and secluded chalets sit above the soft white sands of Kipungani Bay, which is Swahili for 'the place of fresh air'. Shaded by the palm trees that line a 600 meter beachfront, the chalets are constructed entirely from local materials, with mkeka matting floors and makuti thatch roofs woven by the residents of neighbouring Kipungani Village.
The large interiors are a picture of rustic simplicity, with giant king-size beds and all furniture handmade from local mangrove and palm woods. Each chalet has an ocean-facing verandah with local funzi sofas and chairs piled high with colourful cushions. Amenities include freshwater showers, flush toilets, and separate dressing areas with wash basins.
The beach-facing lounge and bar at Kipungani are furnished for complete relaxation, with large driftwood furniture, hanging moon beds, and a variety of natural discoveries 'combed' from the shore. The dining room sits beside a small tropical garden, with an adjoining library offering guests a broad selection of novels, magazines and board games. In front of the building is a horizon-touching salt-water pool which offers the perfect venue for the ultimate romantic sundowner.
Kipungani Explorer enjoys a uniquely harmonious relationship with the residents of neighbouring Kipungani Village. Half of the lodge's staff come from the village, from where they also buy all their seafood and materials for repairing the bandas and boats.
Since 1999, Explorer has helped to completely rebuild and equip the Kipungani Primary School through a charitable 'twinning' with a London Nursery School, 'Paint Pots'. Explorer guests have also contributed the salary of an extra teacher and helped to launch an annual prize-giving day. The lodge is currently working on a plan to start a second school in Mpakatoni, from where several other staff members hail.
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KIPUNGANI EXPLORER - LAMU - PRICES ARE IN US$Please select your currency:
|DATES FROM||DATES TO||PER PERSON SHARING, PER NIGHT||SINGLE ROOM SUPPLEMENT PER NIGHT|
|STANDARD ROOMS - FULL BOARD|
|02-Jan-15||06-Apr-15||155 USD||80 USD|
|01-Jul-15||31-Oct-15||200 USD||100 USD|
|01-Nov-15||22-Dec-15||155 USD||80 USD|
|23-Dec-15||01-Jan-16||180 USD||90 USD|
Prices are subject to currency fluctuations and may change.
If you wish to discuss your requirements with one of our expert safari consultants please call on:
USATel: 1-877-710-3014 (Julie Roggow) or 1-800-642-4666 (Hildy Rubin)