Kipungani Explorer

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Kipungani Explorer is located on the southern coast of Lamu Island on the north coast of Kenya. Perched on the edge of its own beach, Kipungani Explorer is one of East Africa's most simple but sophisticated coastal hideaways. Overlooking a deserted 14-kilometre beach on the southwestern tip of Lamu Island, Kipungani Explorer is a dream destination for those seeking a true desert island holiday.

After a 90 minute flight from Nairobi, you will be met at Manda Island and transported by boat to the lodge, which is located two degrees south of the Equator. With the luxurious palm-thatched bandas perched between a mangrove-lined channel and the edge of a 12-kilometre white sandy beach, Kipungani Lamu enjoys one of the most romantic locations on the entire east African coast.

Kipungani Explorer offers 13 spacious bandas that sit at one end of Kipungani Bay, which is Swahili for ‘the place of fresh air’. Shaded by the palm trees that line our 600-metre beachfront, the bandas are constructed entirely from local materials, with mkeka palm floors and makuti thatch roofs woven by the residents of neighbouring Kipungani village

Each Luxury Banda covers an area of 36m² and is comfortably furnished with giant king-size beds. The Banda design and interiors are a picture of rustic simplicity, each features an ocean-facing veranda with a local funzi sofa and chairs piled high with colourful cushions. Amenities include a freshwater shower; a flush toilet and a separate dressing area with wash basins.

Kipungani Explorer offers delicious African, Continental, a-la-carte, table d'hote and buffet dishes, which includes three delicious meals. The dining room sits beside a small tropical garden, with an adjoining library offering guests a broad selection of novels, magazines and board games.

The beach-facing lounge and bar at Kipungani are furnished for complete relaxation, with large driftwood furniture, hanging moon beds, and a variety of natural discoveries.


Around the place
  • Beach chairs
  • Beach towels
  • Family friendly
  • Gift shop
  • Laundry service
  • Towel and linen service
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Boat captain
  • Housekeeper
  • Hot water
  • Pool
  • Private beach
  • Water sports centre


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