Points of Interest

 Kenya - Amboseli National Reserve
Tortilis Camp
 Kenya - Funzi Island
Kinondo Kwetu
 Kenya - Kiwayu
Kiwayu Safari Village
 Kenya - Laikipia
 Kenya - Lewa Conservancy
Lewa Safari Camp
 Kenya - Masai Mara National Reserve
Cottars 1920s Safari Camp
Elephant Pepper Camp
Saruni Mara
Saruni Wild
 Kenya - Mathews Range
Kitich Camp
 Kenya - Meru National Park
Elsa's Kopje
 Kenya - Nairobi
House of Waine
 Kenya - Ol Pejeta Reserve
Ol Pejeta Bush Camp
 Kenya - Samburu National Reserve
Saruni Samburu
 Kenya - Shaba National Reserve
Joy's Camp
 Tanzania - Lake Manyara National Park
Lake Manyara Tree Lodge
 Tanzania - Ngorongoro Crater
Ngorongoro Crater Lodge
 Tanzania - Serengeti National Park
Kirawira Tented Camp
Serengeti Bushtops
Serengeti Migration Camp

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Kiwayu Safari Village

Kiwayu Safari Village

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Kiwayu Safari Village - Kiwayu Safari Village. Copyright Cheli & Peacock.

Barefoot luxury, Kiwayu nestles along 1km of soft white beach, gently lapped by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. Fly-in or boat-in only, Kiwayu is 30kms from the nearest other tourism development.


Kiwayu is situated between two Reserves, where bush meets beach. The Kiunga Marine Reserve which has a wide range of birdlife such as Fish Eagles, Osprey, Terns, Crab Plovers, Herons, Spoon bills and Pelicans. Green Turtles are found and seen daily swimming in the bay in front of the lodge. The nestlings hatch mainly in July, August and September. The Dodori Forest Reserve situated 6 km in the bush behind has buffalo, Lesser Kudu, wart hogs, Wild dog, Lion, oribi and some Elephants. The birdlife around the water holes near the lodge in July to September is a birders delight.

Nestling amid the mainland dunes, the oasis of Kiwayu Safari Village lies to the north of a sheltered lagoon off the Island of Kiwayu. Visitors enjoy the stylishly designed accommodation, vacant stretches of wild beach and the catch of the day for dinner. Closed from April through July.

  • Finalist Best Beach Safari Property in Africa – The Good Safari Guide, 2010 & 2011
  • Finalist Best Safari Cuisine in Africa – The Good Safari Guide, 2011

Responsible Tourism

Kiwayu Safari Village is constructed entirely from local natural materials. There is no concrete, nails or coral bricks, only soft mekeka matting (made of woven palm leaves) on the soft sand to walk on. The timber poles come from local mangroves, and are sustainably harvested by the local population under the management of Kenya Wildlife Service and Kenyan Forestry Department. All the furniture in the lodge is made on site by two Kiwayu carpenters, using mainly mangrove poles.

The dried palm leaf matting used at Kiwayu, called mekeka, is all hand-woven by the women of the surrounding villages. The dried palm leaf for the roofing, called makuti, comes from the women of Faza Island who specialise in this product.

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