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Champali Camp - Mombasa, Coast

Champali Camp, Lamu, Coast Kenya (Beach Resort) Show map

Description:

Champali Camp is a beautiful, eco-friendly Bush home on Kiwaiyu Island, in the heart of the Kiunga Marine National Reserve in northern Kenya. Situated on tranquil mangrove creeks, it offers a magical escape into one of the most pristine areas of the East African coast. The camp is built from mangrove poles and palm-thatch using local skills wherever possible, and consists of one spacious mess-banda and three large bedroom bandas all nestled under the trees with wonderful creek views. It comfortably sleeps 6 adults and 4 children. The camp is self-catering, but well staffed with a good local cook. There are no hosts, so you are invited to treat the place as your own with the help and guidance of the Champali team. The local community benefits from your stay, as does the Kiunga Marine National Reserve at large– so we welcome you to enjoy unspoilt coastal Kenya, supporting conservation and a proud community behind it


Children: 17 and under

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Champali Camp Champali Camp, Lamu (Beach Resort)
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RATES INCLUDE LOCAL TAXES AND FEES UNLESS STATED

Location:

THE AREA AND ITS PROTECTION: The Kiunga Marine National Reserve (KMNR) is situated on the northern limit of the Kenyan coast and incorporates 22 miles of pristine coastline, 51 islands and a total area of 2000km square. The waters and islands within its boundaries were gazetted in 1979 to primarily safeguard the nesting colonies of marine birds, the highly endangered Dugong and turtle nesting beaches. In 1980 the KMNR and the adjoining Boni and Dodori National Reserves were together designated as a United Nations Man and Biosphere Reserve, in recognition of rare ecological and cultural diversity.

Car Parking:

You can leave the car at Mkowe on the mainland where you can be collected by boat (a small fee to have the car ‘looked after’).

Things to do:

Champali camp is ideally situated to explore the mangrove creeks, the many sandy beaches and the greater Marine Reserve beyond. From simply spending days reading in the shade of the trees, to adventuring in unchartered territory, there is something for everyone, children and adults alike. The 5mile long ‘Big Beach’ on the eastern side of the island is fantastic for kite flying, long walks, and early morning sunrise yoga …whilst the small beach in-front of the camp from mid-tide onwards is your very own pool of contentment.

Local Attractions:

Snorkelling is fantastic from Nov-March, on both sides of the island. The Champali team can show you when and where is best. There are two kayaks available; ideal vessels to quietly explore the mangrove creeks, do a little fishing from, or even to brave out in the open waters. Endless fun for kids too. For windsurfers, kite-surfers and sailors, enthusiasts have both creek and ocean to choose from with fantastic conditions and reliable wind. Bring your own gear! An 18ft boat with 25hp engine and a knowledgeable skipper is available for hire and is perfect for family explorations, day trips and picnics in neighbouring bays or mangrove channels, snorkelling, creek fishing and sundowners. NB - bring your own fishing and though basic snorkelling gear is provided, you are encouraged to bring your own.

Getting There:

By Private aircraft: For those of you wishing to fly in by private aircraft, there is a small, un-registered bush strip on the island, right next to the camp, which can be tricky depending on winds and not suitable for anything bigger than a Cessna 210. Be sure to let the Champali staff know ahead of time, and buzz a couple of times to make sure all is clear of wildlife and children. Getting to the remote Kiunga Marine Reserve is quite a safari …hence its allure. We recommend travelling via LAMU, which not only has its own attractions, but also means you can pick up your supplies (see Getting your Supplies). Flying to Lamu: There are daily flights with Kenya Airways, Air Kenya, Fly 540 or Safarilink. (N.B Whilst there are often flights to the Kiwaiyu mainland, you need to be lucky with the tides to make a direct boat transfer to Champali camp, and this can be a lengthy and frustrating endeavour so it is not advised.) Driving to Lamu: The coastal road is much improved now and you can leave the car at Mkowe on the mainland where you can be collected by boat (a small fee to have it ‘looked after’). From Mombasa it takes approx 6 hours, or 4 hours from Malindi. From Lamu to Kiwaiyu or Return: Whilst there a number of ways to make this trip, for reasons of simplicity and economy, we recommend the following options: By Dhow - in true Swahili style! This generally takes 5-6 hours and is an idyllic way to travel up or down the archipelago. If you choose this option, we recommend that your first night is spent in Lamu or Shela, permitting enough time the next day to collect supplies and enjoy a leisurely trip northwards to Kiwaiyu, arriving Champali by mid-late afternoon.