We stayed in Mida Eco camp for two nights in the Zanzibar hut as a group of four; my friend had booked the accommodation so I had no preconceptions or expectations before visiting and overall I enjoyed my experience, although it won’t appeal to everyone.
The camp is a sustainable tourism initiative located in a small village near the Arabuko Sokoke Forest and Mida Creek. It’s around 15 minutes from Watamu, 10 minutes to Gede Ruins and 20 minutes to Malindi, there is a sign on the main road which shows where to stop and then it is a ten minute walk down a dirt track to reach the accommodation. It’s probably a bit far out if you want to eat out in the evening or spend all your time in surrounding towns as you have to rely on matatus or motorbikes to get around, we had to wait anything from five minutes to half an hour for a ride. However, the location means it’s really peaceful and the nearby Mangroves provide a perfect place to relax.
This is a real back to nature experience which means it isn’t for anyone expecting luxury, the camp is quite basic with no electricity or water in the huts. There is a gas lamp provided for light in the room during the evening and the shared bathrooms are located a short walk away in the main hut which were warm and kept clean. The hut itself was clean enough although the bedding was quite worn, the bed downstairs was comfortable while upstairs was more basic, all beds had mosquito nets. It took a bit of used to sleeping with no walls in the upstairs room especially in the rain but nothing got wet and we slept well once we had got used to the wildlife i.e. being woken up by squirrels running around or having bats fly through the open windows but this is what made the experience. There was a lot of maintenance happening during the day to improve the facilities and the camp is definitely working progress but it didn’t really impact on our stay.
We found the staff to be friendly and very relaxed, breakfast was included in the price and very plentiful including breads, eggs and fruit. We didn’t book any excursions during our stay but you need to stay at least two nights due to location and to get chance to explore the surrounding area.
Overall, I would recommend trying Mida for the experience, it’s not going to suit everyone but it’s a unique experience for a few nights and you will be supporting a good cause, just don’t expect any luxury!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Mida Ecocamp has been built and is operated by the local community under supervision. The profit will be used for further projects in the area. Guests will have a true African experience within the Giriama tribe. The platform bar/restaurant with scenic views offers Giriama delicacies and cold drinks. Accommodation is in the form of traditional huts with proper beds, white sheets and mosquito nets. 7 excursions and Giriama dancing and drumming can be booked from the Camp. ... more less