"By travellers, for travellers. This peaceful beach retreat is a backpacker's dreams made real!"
Set up by a couple of travellers who fell in love with the ancient coastal town of Kilifi, and wanted to share its beauty with others, Distant Relatives Ecolodge and Backpackers is your perfect Kenyan getaway. As an environmentally conscious beach retreat, it’s an idyllic place to relax and meet other like-minded travellers. The lodge is positioned amongst leafy green surrounds, nestled between a village, a luscious community-owned forest and the emerald-blue Kilifi Creek. The lodge’s stunning setting offers you an authentic and intimate local experience.
The accommodation ranges to suit everyone’s taste and budget; be it spacious private bandas, tranquil safari tents, right through to comfy dormitories or camping sites. However, with so much to do in the local area you won’t be spending much time in your room. The adventure minded might sky dive over Kilifi landing, or scuba dive in underwater caves. If you’d prefer some much needed R&R, taking a dip in Distant Relatives’ private pool or curling up in a tree-strung hammock with a good book is a must. Being so close to the beach doesn’t mean you will miss out on the opportunity to experience an African Game Safari though. The Tsavo East National Park is conveniently located only three hours’ drive away and boasts an impressive array of wildlife.
Distant Relatives has both thoughtfully and innovatively integrated sustainability into the design and operation of their eco-lodge and backpackers. For example, take the fun, wooden furniture in the guest rooms. It’s carefully crafted from upcycled drift wood and old boats, and supplemented with timber from non-native or non-invasive species. The upcycling vibe doesn’t stop there though, with the Lodge making the most of glass bottles and old tyres. Glass bottles have been used extensively as building materials including as the light shades on the lodge’s pathway lights. Hundreds of used tyres have been saved from open burning disposal, used instead to make up the foundations of the lodge’s retaining walls.
Best practice energy, waste and water management systems are in place at Distant Relatives. Pressure on precious freshwater supplies is carefully managed for you during your stay, with a 500 square meter rooftop rainwater harvesting system used to supply the showers and swimming pool. Grey water from sinks and showers is used for watering the edible permaculture garden, and flushing toilets have been swapped for the composting type. With such strong and innovative sustainability credentials, it's no surprise that Distant Relatives was awarded its first official certification from Ecotourism Kenya within the first year of operation.
- The rate shown is a 'from' price, based on camping accommodation
- Other accommodation options are available, including dorm, safari tent, private room, and private banda accommodation
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