The SpaceThe house is set back 100m from the beach behind some lovely palm trees and a magnificent old baobab tree which is one of the main features of its beautiful and indigenous garden. The house has four roomy bedrooms; 1 double room and 3 twin rooms all with ensuite bathrooms. It is very spacious and has several areas for relaxing, of which the most stunning is a wonderful upstairs balcony made of richly colored Sandarusi wood, where one can enjoy breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean. Guest AccessMkelekele is conveniently located; about a 30 minute drive south of Mombasa, and about a 15 minute drive from the shops and banks at Diani Beach, where there is also a daily schedule flight to Nairobi and the Masai Mara. It is also close to wildlife parks such as Kisite & Mpunguti Marine Park & Reserve and the Shimba Hills National Park and Tsavo National Park. Other Things to NoteACCOMODATION
The house has 4 bedrooms, a double and a twin upstairs and 2 twins downstairs. They all have ensuite bathrooms; the double room has a bath and shower and the twin rooms all have showers. There is ample cupboard space in each bedroom. Mosquito nets are available on all of the beds and the rooms are cooled by electric fans and also get a lovely breeze through the big windows. The bathrooms are provided with hot water showers, toilet paper and soap. Bath and beach towels and linen are also included.
The kitchen is downstairs and has a cooker, hob, fridge and freezer and store cupboards. The house is taken care of by 3 permanent members of staff. We have James (cook), Hamisi (House keeper) and Katana (night guard); who are there to cater for all your needs. Laundry service is also provided.
Downstairs there is the dining room, which seats 8 pax on old Lamu chairs. There are lovely views through the arches of the old baobab tree in the garden. There is also a downstairs verandah equipped with a darts board.
Upstairs there is a sitting room area with cushioned chairs. There are plenty of books and board games. There is also an upstairs balcony with chairs and cushions, which is lovely for pre lunch and pre dinner drinks and has breathtaking views of the ocean and looks into the canopy of the baobab tree where often sykes, colobus and vervet monkeys can be seen along with plenty of bird life.
NOTES ON ACCOMODATION
The house is perfect for family and group holidays and is adaptable to suit all your needs. It is ideal for those that want to enjoy the lovely warm waters of the Indian Ocean. There is much to offer visitors with its lovely unspoilt beach and reef for swimming, snorkeling, windsurfing, fishing and walking.
Unfortunately Mkelekele is not suitable for wheelchair access as of yet.
There is a path from the house down to the beach and there is an outside shower under the baobab tree. The house is situated on 6.5 acres of lush coastal vegetation with many indigenous trees.
At low tide the beach is huge and there are lovely tidal pools and the reef to walk on and excellent snorkeling in the mouth of the Tiwi River.
SPECIAL INTEREST HOLIDAYS
Scuba Diving –
There are a number of operators including Dive the Crab (Jadini main base: +(PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN), Headoffice: +(PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN), Fax: +(PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)), Southern Scuba and Diani Reef. They each provide introductory diving courses, open water, advanced, rescue and instructors courses. They are members of SSI and PADI. Most dives are held outside the fringing reef, with many sites from Tiwi-Waa in the North to Chale point/Msambweni in the south.
A great day trip also is to visit Wasini Island – you have a morning snorkeling or diving in Kisite Marine Park and then lunch at the island with much to be seen including dolphins! You can also see community projects on Wasini Island after a really delicious lunch. Prices can be (EMAIL HIDDEN) Tel: (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) or (URL HIDDEN) or Tel: (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN), Tel : (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN).
Kite surfing, kayaking, and other water sports –
These are easy to come by at many of the large hotels on Diani beach, or contact Aqualand Water Center: Galu Kinondo, Diani Beach - +(PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)
Deep Sea Fishing -
The Indian Ocean offers excellent sport fishing almost all year round, and some of the most challenging and exciting deep sea fishing is available just 45 minutes drive from Mkelekele House, in the Shimoni waters and Pemba channel. Here the chances of catching a stripped Marlin are high. Tag and Release policy is however encouraged for bill fish. Contact Sea Adventures on Tel: +(PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) or +(PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) to organize a trip.
The Shimba Hills are approximately 30 kms west of Mkelekele and renowned for the Shimba Hills National Park and Mwaluganje Elephant Reserve. The Hills rise to approximately 2000 ft above sea level, giving it a moist but cooler climate, accompanied with coastal rainforests, rivers and ravines and rolling hills. It is known for its birdlife, elephants, buffalo, and the rare sable antelope. Sunsets and sunrises are also spectacular. Tickets are required to enter the Park and can be purchased at the gate; prices are –
Non-Resident Adult – US$20, Non-Resident Child – US$10
You can also visit the Colobus Trust in Diani – + (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)
The most renowned golf course is the Leisure Golf Course, adjacent to Leisure Lodge, about a 20 minute drive from Mkelekele House in Diani. It comprises an 18 hole championship course beautifully laid out with pools, forests and troughs. It is open to all ages, and for non-golfers has a bar and restaurant, or the many pools at the lodge could be used at an extra cost. Golf clubs can also be hired from the club, and caddies are also available. Private lessons can also be arranged.
Fly by schedule flight ((URL HIDDEN) (URL HIDDEN) either to Mombasa International Airport and drive about an hr to Mkelekele House across the Likoni Ferry and south along the main road towards Tanzania or preferably fly to Ukunda/Diani ((URL HIDDEN) (URL HIDDEN) about a 20 minute drive to Mkelekele House. From Diani you can also fly direct to the Masai Mara. Taxi’s can be arranged to and from the airport. Alternatively hire a car but it is not necessary as taxi’s are readily available. A Reliable taxi driver is Joseph Kivihi – (+ (PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) with small or large (6 seater) car. There are nonstop charters which fly from Europe direct to Mombasa. Guests must make their own flight reservations.
Distances to the shops (Nakumatt Diani), banks, restaurants, bars and cybercafés in Diani are very convenient, being only a 20 minute drive away. There is also a very good private and modern hospital in Diani (Diani Beach Hospital - + ((PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)).The 2 banks in Diani are open 9.30am - 3pm Monday to Friday and 9.30am – 11.30am on Saturdays and both have ATM’s. Credit cards are accepted at most places. Kenya shillings are the national currency. There is also a beauty salon and spinning/pilates salon at the shopping centre.
Basic foodstuffs, the newspaper and fruit and vegetables can be bought at the end of the road from Mohammad (+(PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN)) about 10 minutes from the house. Alternatively one of the staff can be sent here on a bicycle.
Fresh fish can be bought at the back door – just let Hamisi know and he will arrange for the fisherman to come via the house.
Kenyan ‘Kikoys’ (Sarongs) are also sold by ladies on the beach and they can come by the house if you let the house staff know you want to look at them.