Distant Relatives Ecolodge & Backpackers

Distant Relatives is located right on the edge of Kilifi Creek with its own beach and jetty.

Guests can swim in the emerald waters of the creek or in the Distant Relatives’ swimming pool. Other common facilities at Distant Relatives include a vast communal kitchen for cooking your own meals if you would like, or you can also order all your meals from the restaurant – with Pizza Friday (delicious handmade pizzas from a wood-fired oven), excellent calamari and delicious Thai curry there is plenty to choose from.

There are wide communal spaces with sofas and cushions to relax on and read your book in peace or to work on your laptop using the wifi connection. There is also a fully-stocked bar where you can relax with other divers, sailors and travellers after a day on the water!

Distant Relatives also has a range of other activities to fill the rest of your time ranging from sunset beach volleyball games and music evenings, to traditional sunset sailing as well as tamu traditional village dinners and other activities involving the wonderful surrounding local community!

In terms of accommodation, we recognise that everyone is on different budgets and might want different levels of privacy. Distant Relatives Ecolodge & Backpackers can cater for all types:

Family/ Group Rooms: If you are a group of friends or a family who would like to share a room then there is the option to stay in the family/ group rooms which are equipped with one large double bed and a bunk bed with the option of adding an extra single bed. These rooms have their own shower and toilet enclosed in a charming private courtyard.

Private Rooms: For those of you who are looking for a little bit of privacy, for a small amount more than dormitories, you can have a private room equipped with an en-suite shower and a large double bed with the option to add a third bed.

Safari Tents: For those of you who are adventurous, want to feel closer to nature, or want their own space but are on a tight budget then Distant Relatives has its own safari tented camp area with five large safari tents equipped with two single beds easily combinable into a double bed, solar lamps, carpets, and bedside tables.

Camping: There is endless well-shaded camping space available for those who have their own camping gear. We have had groups of more than 60 people using the campground and could comfortably fit twice that many. We also have a vast secure car park which can accommodate large vehicles (e.g. overland trucks). 

Dorms: This is the most popular choice for volunteers and the younger more sociable interns - there are two eight-person dorms at Distant Relatives set inside beautiful thatched makuti roof eco-buildings. The beds are very spacious and super comfortable and the openness of the dorms provides an extremely airy and relaxing environment.

All rooms and beds are equipped with mosquito nets and provide a relaxing place for you to chill when you are not sailing, windsurfing, waterskiing, wakeboarding or diving.

Distant Relatives’ location by the sea really makes this a dream setting.


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*Discounted rates are available for people staying more than two weeks (discounts vary according to accommodation type chosen, time of year and length of stay) – Please email us at distantrelativeskilifi@gmail.com for further information.