- Tranquil, oceanfront setting
- Spacious and flexible accommodation
- Wide variety of activities
Kinondo Kwetu is a family owned and run, all-inclusive resort situated on Galu Beach, on the south coast of Kenya. Approximately two hours’ drive from Mombasa airport and 15 minutes from the local Ukunda airstrip, the property occupies a tranquil location overlooking a secluded white sand beach, with splendid views of the Indian Ocean.
Set within extensive, peaceful gardens, the main house features dark wooden beams and white walls decorated with African art and Moorish lanterns. Guest areas comprise an airy and spacious central lounge, bar and dining area. Outside is a generous shaded terrace with comfortable sofas. There is a very large swimming pool with loungers, plus a smaller plunge pool, a tennis court, sauna and spa.
Mealtimes are relaxed, with friendly, efficient service at individual tables. Locally sourced cuisine is served either indoors or outdoors, on the thatched terrace, within the gardens or on the beach. Private dining can be accommodated.
An impressive range of activities is offered, including snorkelling and boating excursions, catamaran sailing (previous sailing experience required), kite and windsurfing, kayaking, and deep sea fishing. Scuba diving sessions with an onsite PADI instructor are available for both beginners and experienced divers. Land based activities include horse-riding, tennis, skateboarding, and golf. Excursions include game drives to Shimba Hills National Park, famed for its elephant population, plus nature walks, and cultural visits. Private yoga and aerobics sessions, massages and beauty treatments can be arranged.
The resort accommodates up to 38 guests in a variety of well-appointed rooms and suites. The main house sleeps up to four guests in one double room with ensuite bathroom, plus two single rooms with a shared bathroom. A second, spacious, villa comprises eight suites, each sleeping between two and five guests. There are five additional cottages in the grounds, all with private veranda and sea views, each accommodating between two and five guests. All units come with washbasins and shower or bath, plus mosquito nets, and air conditioning or ceiling fan.
Children are extremely welcome at Kinondo Kwetu. A dedicated family villa is available with two double bedrooms and an ensuite single room. The largest villa, Mama Taa, has four family suites, each comprising a double room with an interconnecting twin bedroom. Babysitting services can be arranged.
With its peaceful, beachfront location, excellent, discreet service and variety of activities, Kinondo Kwetu offers a luxurious stay in idyllic surroundings. The variety and flexibility of accommodation makes it a good option for couples, as well as families and larger group gatherings.
The holiday was amazing! Everything we wanted it to be! The safari was so we'll organized and our guide was very good. All the accommodation was superb. At the Masaai village we stayed in a mud hut which was different to the tent described in the itinerary, but so much better.
Pinewoods resort was lovely especially the staff who couldn't have looked after us any better. The food was exceptional.
pauline hasted reviewing Maasai Family Adventure on 21 October 2015
Accommodation and food at Karen Rock House were good. It was very quiet there as we were the only guests. Our transport, guide (Elijah) and driver (Oliver) were excellent. Elijah was very informative and patiently answered our questions about everything we saw. Our first day was very full, a long drive to Hell’s Gate, bike ride and gorge walk. Elijah suggested that we postpone the boat trip on Lake Navaisha to the morning we left Nakuru rather doing it on the way and this worked well. On the bike ride, our youngest struggled with an adult sized bike with bald tyres. Fine for us and our eldest though. The gorge walk was great as was the boat trip on Lake Navaisha.
Lake Nakuru Lodge accommodation, food and setting was excellent - as were the game drives with Oliver and Elijah. We saw a lot more here and close up than we did in Ol Kinyei and the Masai Mara.
Maji Moto Camp was an interesting experience. Again, we were the only visitors and the facilities & food were good. We visited the school before travelling to the Mara Adventure Camp but could have spent longer as there was a lot to see and our children enjoyed playing football etc with the school children.
The Adventure Camp was brilliant. We had a packed schedule of game drives (up at 5.30 every morning) and George and Wilson (guide and driver) were a lot of fun. They played football with us and were very entertaining on bush walks and game drives. We felt all the staff at the Adventure Camp worked really hard to make the experience an enjoyable one - from preparing the food, supplying endless hot water and tea and making sure we got to see what we wanted. The Ol Kinyei conservancy is beautiful (although we saw more at Lake Nakuru).
Our itinerary was good - it was busy and varied which suited us very well. We felt a bit rushed on Day 1 - in hindsight, it really was too much for one day. The day we travelled to the Masai Adventure Camp was also time pressured and we had a to cut short our visit to the school.
Overall, 5/5 - an unforgettable experience.
Tim Sheppard reviewing Maasai Family Adventure on 11 November 2014
If you’re looking for a more personal experience of Kenya, something a little different from the standard safari and beach package holidays, then you should definitely speak to Tourdust!
We decided to have a family holiday with our two teenage boys in Kenya in 2014, a decision that turned out to be far from straight-forward as the FCO extended their no-essential travel guidance area by area in the months leading up to our holiday. After researching the travel companies specialising in Kenya , we chose Tourdust to organise our holiday, partly based on their highly informative website but mainly based on a conversation with Ben, who within a matter of minutes clearly understood what we were looking for.
Ben’s recommendation of the Laikipia Wilderness Camp, followed by the Sosian Ranch and then the Msambweni Beach House was absolutely perfect for us. Everywhere we went the experience was personalised, the service was outstanding and the quality of facilities was second to none. Yes, we did safari drives to see the fantastic range of wildlife in the area, but we also swam in the rivers, rode camels, went on game walks and ate delicious meals cooked on an open camp fire before sleeping out under the endless African skies listening to the lions roaring! Then a flight down to the coast and we relaxed in the luxury of the a villa overlooking the Indian Ocean, with massages on the beach, personal staff on hand and nothing too much trouble.
We knew that we didn’t want a standard package safari and beach holiday but what we got was beyond all our expectations – a truly personal, family experience of Kenya that we will remember forever!
Joanna Heard reviewing Best of Kenya Family Safari on 07 October 2014