Kenya & Beyond Safaris
Moi Avenue, CBD
P.O. Box 4623-00200, Nairobi - Kenya
It is a small very pleasant and cozy eco-lodge, run by Italian divers, offering - in our opinion - the most tasteful cuisine of Mafia Island. It is also the only PADI resort on the island qualified for theory and first practice courses to learn Scuba Diving.
Shamba Kilole is set on a promontory overlooking Juani, Jobondo and Chole islands. Unlike the neighboring Kinasi and Pole Pole Bungalows which removed part of the mangroves to create their own beach, Shamba Kilole decided to strictly apply the principles of ecological architecture. It does not offer a beach but you can walk down the hill and enjoy walking [at low tide] or swimming [at high tide] in the mangrove forest admiring its incredible life. You will need to wear beach shoes.
The resort consists of 6 bungalows divided into 3 suites and 3 chalets, both types can have double or twin beds. Electricity is available on 24 hours supplied by the Local Power Supply, with a stand-by generator. Rooms are equipped ceiling fans but there is no air conditioning. Hot water is provided by solar panels.
Common spaces include the swimming-pool, the restaurant and the lounge. Shamba Kilole is the ideal place for all divers who are looking for an African style accommodation without having to spend the more significant figures required by Pole Pole Bungalows or by the quirky Chole Mjini. It is also suitable for non-divers looking for accommodation who seek accommodation in an authentic and untouched environment.
Activities include classes for beginners to lean scuba diving, diving, boat excursion to Miewe island and to Marimbani sandbank within Chole Bay, snorkeling daytrip to Mange sandbank, boat excursions to Juani island where between June and July you might be able to assist to turtles hatching, to Jobondo and Chole islands to explore local fishermen villages and sites where traditional boats are built. More distant excursions to swim with whale sharks can also be arranged.
In 2002, Joash Were who has been instrumental in start up of many companies within Kenya and Beyond thought of it wisely that it was time to start up something tourism related. He had worked at great places. Bearing in mind that all the progressive people talk “WE” and not I, he has brought together a great team who are professional in their own rights.