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“Avoid the place if you like your vacations”
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The Beach Africa
Reviewed 4 September 2013

I have been there recently for one night only (even though we intended to stay longer). I was lucky not to have my money stolen - I found out later other people have, as posts here say. But I did not even leave my belongings to the staff or in their safe, carried it with me all the time. I have never ever seen such place, the staff is horrible and the atmosphere is literally creepy. The fact we did jokes that they maybe want to kill us all says it all.. I'm sure those that have been there know what I'm talking about. I don't understand positive reviews on this page, maybe something changed in more recent time, but seriously, don't go there: it's unsafe and unpleasant.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 2 August 2013

DO NOT STAY HERE UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES unless you want all your stuff stolen!!!! When you arrive they'll ask you for your valuables to keep locked in their safe...and then let the staff steal from you & refuse to reimburse you your money. I just had $600 US stolen & the owners don't care at all!! I then spent another fun couple of hours at the police station trying to sort it out. No doubt they'll respond to this to say they did everything they could - but that will be yet another lie! The truth about your corrupt little backpackers will soon be clear to all as there were two other German girls who also had money stolen & I know several other people that have had problems too. The only half-decent thing was Maxi's cooking.

Avoid this horible, uncomfortable, dangerous place & go 40 mins further up the cost to Kilifi & stay at the eco-lodge backpackers Distant Relatives. The hostel there is truly incredible, the staff are genuinely wonderful & the owners Roman & Tom go out of their way to make you feel at home!!!

Stayed: July 2013, travelled solo
5  Thank Miss J
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Reviewed 26 May 2013

Situated right at the beachfront this backpacker was one of the best we stayed at during our vacation in Kenya. As you can see from the pictures the whole place has a very laid-back atmosphere and is situated right at the beach (sand, rocks and magrooves - do not expect a carribean beach). The staff was friendly and helpful and we did not feel unsafe for a minute.

From the Beach you can take a short walk to the Mtwapa ruins (watch the tide!) or simply stay at the backpacker and chill while watching the Dhows sail by.

Another reason we loved this place was the amazing food! From the freshly-caught octopus to the swahili breakfast it was unexpectedly delicious. Even if you are staying somewhere else in Mtwapa the Beach is definitively worth a visit - even just for a dinner and a sundowner.

Admittedly the Beach is not easy to find, but you can ask about anyone in Mtwapa for directions or take a tuk-tuk from the main road. It is worth the bumpy ride!

Oh. But if you need freshly pressed linnen every morning you should probably stay in a resort near Mombasa... ;-)

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank Jan B
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Reviewed 18 January 2013

The title says it all. The Beach always has a combination of excellent locals, travelers, and expats. They have amazing food that is cheaper than anything else you'll find on the coast. Mtwapa is a hip little town, not touristy like Mombasa.

That all being said, it's five-fifteen dollars a night. Adjust your expectation accordingly.

Room Tip: Be VERY friendly and VERY patient with the bartender (Joseph, I think). Get a beer, wait for him to...
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  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled with friends
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4  Thank coyot9
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Reviewed 3 September 2012

Hey did you know of a hotel that give you the real taste of Africa? I found it at Beach Africa. The hotel is simply designed and originally Africa.The furniture makes you feel truly in Africa.One can even choose to sleep in tree top and feel the sea breeze .It has a beach front that gives you a wide view of the ocean and a mini mangrove forest.
We enjoyed a meal there that was served in unique pans and relaxed by the sea.
The local community is friendly and it gives a true taste of village.

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with friends
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Thank Chris-of-Sau
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Reviewed 23 January 2012

I recently concluded my visit to Beach Africa where I stayed for a couple of days because i wanted to experience the African village culture. And it's precisely what i got.
The location is wonderful & view of the beach is priceless. The hostel is part of the Maweni fishing village in Mtwapa where one can interact with the local fishermen & experience the day to day lifestyle of local fishermen & villagers. What i liked about the place is the remoteness from Mtwapa town but close enough to other popular beaches like Bamburi, Shanzu. MBA town etc.. The hostel has cabins (or rooms), some of the rooms have treehouse on top. There are dormitories & a camping ground too. However the camping ground is directly opp. the communal shower/loos. Unfortunately, the shower & sink waste water is "spilled out" into open just outside the camping ground which smelled quite bad, almost sewage like.
All rooms (except for one) overlook the beach so you can catch the sea breeze thoughout. Quite useful at night since the rooms don't have fans or electricity. Sleep quality is average because the beds in the rooms are made of concrete slabs with very thin mattress. I got a better quality of sleep on a sisal matt (mkeka in swahili) which i bought from town for a few bob. The dormitories have "hammock style" wooden beds which are also quite uncomfortable to sleep on. The tree houses are nice enough to sleep but no place to keep valuables.
The restaurant serves delicious food which takes upto 30-40 mins to prepare. The long wait can get annoying especially in the mornings for breakfast.
The food menu is varied which includes seafood, snacks, meat, pasta & veg. Prices are quite reasonable. I highly recommend the seafood especially the fish. If you fancy dining out in Mtwapa, i highly recommend Eagles Nest, Tamu Tamu & Mumtaz Cafe.
The beach is wonderful for swimming, particularly the right hand side. I was fascinated by the size of beach area for swimming. This is to say, from the shoreline to the reef (or deep sea) is at least a km or 2. The deep sea reef somehow impedes the high waves from reaching the shoreline. So what you have is very, very large area of swimming in relatively stagnant water (with mild waves) during high tide times - quite amazing !! I was fortunate enough to witness a baby tiger shark being caught in the fishermans' nets. As for the cats, they got there because the fisherman clean the fish @ the beach. They gradually moved into BA to become permanent residents. Worry not as they are only few in #s. In one way, the cats serve a useful purpose to keep the tree snakes at bay. The hostel is quite secure since it is surrounded by fishermen village.
Beach Africa has the potential to be much better such as providing better beds for sleeping, sunbeds to absorb some tan & of-course to re-route the waste from wash rooms to underground instead of out in the open. I wish the owners would also prohibit the consumption of "Miraa", "Mnazi" (local palm wine) & "Ganja (Marijuana)" at the premises. This would certainly restrict the local regular riffraffs from visiting the bar @ night & on weekends thus restoring some integrity.
There are other bagpacker hostels at the coast like Malindi, Tiwi & Diani. Each has it’s own pros & cons. And it’s upto you to weigh out all the options & decide what exactly it is that you are looking for in a simple beach holiday. At Beach Africa, you are practically as close as you can get to the beach. Beach Africa offers a unique beach holiday experience & target clientele being the "bagpackers". It kind of grows on you & over time you slowly start liking the place. It’s suitable for staying for a few days – a week at the most.

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled solo
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Thank STEFANILARDA
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Reviewed 26 September 2011

My sister and I went to The Beach Africa in February 2011 (we were in Kenya on business)as we heard loads about it. I have travelled all over the globe and stayed in all sorts of places, from the low cost no frills to luxury hotels. The Beach is a no frills place and they do not profess it to be any other than that. It is in a amazin spot, very tranquill and quiet, away from the hassle and bustle of traffic, crowds etc and has a great secluded beach with no annoying harassment from beach boys, part of the beach has coral but that helps with nature, load of wild birds and kingfishers and a safe haven for small fish, crabs etc. We were excited to try the seafood which we heard about, and had already priced up what it would have cost us in restaurants in Mombasa Island and some of the beach hotel restaurants and believe me it was just what we expected. We even went as far as ordering ourselves 2 starters and 2 main dishes each because it was so cheap and so fresh, the lobsters and prawns melted in our mouths. I would definitely go there again when we return in December to chill out and enjoy a fab meal. I would recommend The Beach anytime and even the locals love the place. I am lost at all the bad reviews and I have found that in the past years some travellers just like to moan and whinge about everything, i:e distance from the road, insects, the heat extra,you are in Africa not Europe and I must say there wasn't one taxi that did not know where The Beach was, it is a way to get there but was well worth it. The are many places that are a way away from anything like the game parks etc, would they whinge about that too.... I would say try it to make up your own mind.

  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled on business
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Thank naylordyanna
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Additional Information about The Beach Africa

Address: Maweni Beach, Mtwapa 80109, Kenya
Region: Kenya > Coast Province > Mtwapa
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 18 Speciality Lodging in Mtwapa
Price Range: £2 - £9 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This place is for everyone who wants to break out of the normal wheel, to come back to the simplicity of life and its natural beauty. Overseeing the Indian Ocean, at the entrance of a Mangrove creek, surrounded by a local Fishermans village & historical sites, away from the rest of the world, the Beach is hidden and wants to be discovered. Stranded here, those moments of life one spends at the Beach become timeless. The Beach Bandas are built in a unique African style, the meals are freshly prepared on a local charcoal grill, and if someone wants to break out for a nightlife session, Mtwapa itself is a young and hip town, that offers many interesting places... It should be noted that the hostel and its amenities are no longer associated with the "BAR" these are shortly to become 2 separate co-located business's. However, guests at the hostels will be most welcome in the revised bar. The proposed name of the bar will be Sunset Havana, partially due to superb views and ambience. Clearly major changes will take time, but be assured of revised (downward) prices and standards of cleanliness and friendliness ... more   less 
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