Pumzikatu' ('just relax') in the Shimba Hills, hangs over the Mwaluganje Elephant Sanctury. We have a private watering hole with salt lick, other animals, such as beautiful bush buck etc. share it with the elephants. The location is idyllic with a micro climate, 1000 feet above Diani Beach, 40 minutes away. Shimba Hills Game Park is close; also forest/jungle walks with guides of Shifoga Forest Conservation, and guests enjoy a cliff walk and bike rides.
The house is comfortable with good quality beds and linen. A fireplace is for ambiance and nice on a rainy night. Eating is inside, on the verandah and al fresco on the deck between the pool and the amazing bbq.
In nearby Diani there are all the top restaurants, beach bars and activities, dhow trips, swimming with dolphins, kite surfing, microlight flying, flying Safaris, 4x4 trips, snake park, Colobus Monkey Trust and miles of beach to walk. There are also tourist shops, supermarkets, mini markets,
We have ATM's in Kwale, fruit, vegetables, rice, flour etc. - also beer and sodas and Drosty Hof in the soda shop!
We are ten minutes drive from the Shimba Hills Game Park with the famous Sable antelopes, giraffe, buffalo, bush buck, zebras and elephants. To see them one drives in at dawn and then when they hide from the sun, it is possible to walk to the Sheldrick Falls and back - a couple of kilometers accompanied by a park warden with a 'just in case' gun (although never needed). Our cook can prepare you a packed lunch or you can come back here and cool off in our pool and and have lunch.
We supply basics like flour and oil, starter tea and coffee but otherwise it is self-catering and after a welcome pizza, beer and a bottle of wine, you organize your meals with Chef Beatrice.
The housekeeper, Ayisha, will keep your rooms and clothes clean and serve your food and Matano & Said will watch over your safety. Matano, a watchman, can make bows and arrows to your size and teach you how to use them. He can also teach you to make an Africa frame for a mud house. Said will welcome you into his home. His wife and he run a dance and music troupe from the village and they won the annual competition recently and met the president. They, about 15 women & men, will come up to the house for a couple of hours and dance for you (for about $60), and expect you to join in (if you are up to it) and to provide sodas and cookies afterwards.
We have backgammon, books, and scrabble. In the garden we have a petang run. We will be building a games platform for open air ping pong, simple home gym and workout place.
Salim the gardener will be so happy to show you all he has done. He loves gardening. He, Said (a village elder, natural healer and watchman and Matano are happy to take you to the forest waterfall or for walks and they know a great deal about local flora and fauna and their medicinal uses.
It is a paradise for bird watching for the patient among you, and photographers. (I have several times seen an eagle soar below and along the ridge). The bush babies come down to eat the bananas you put out and have been known to eat out of quiet guests' hands.
Visit a school for mentally challenged kids, a homeopathic school for young women and some orphanages.There is a colourful market on Wednesdays. There are two petrol stations. There are schools and churches of different Christian denominations, and many Mosques as most of the Digo people are Muslims.