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Mkoko House
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Reviewed 24 August 2011

When we arrived at Mkoko House we had had a busy two weeks on Safari and elsewhere on the Swahili coast. Our plan was simply to chill out and relax for five days before returning home. We were not disappointed. We knew this was somewhere special when we waded ashore from the dhow onto the white sandy beach. The ten minute trek with our luggage was a bit of an effort but well worth it when we got there. I had booked the B&B expecting a room in a very nice house but we went one better with the whole place to ourselves - apart from Idi that is, who cooked our meals and kept the place spotless. This is this is the sort of place you go if you like lying in a hammock reading a book, swimming in the sea and walking on the beach. no beach sellers to hassle you, no shops, one bar close by and lots of birds in the trees. The only thing we had to think about was suggestions for dinner when Idi went across to Shela to buy provisions.

There are things to do - A walk or dhow trip to the Takwa ruins is a must as is a day in Lamu town. You travel everywhere by dhow. Idi would book one on his mobile although we could probably have picked one up on the beach. The cost of hiring Dhows does have to be factored into the cost of staying on the island (a few hundred ksh per trip for the boat depending on where you are going) but you can always try haggling it down a bit. There wasnot much to do in the evening - a trip to the local bar is about it but that's not what this place is about. There is plenty of buzz in Lamu town where most travellers stay and some upmarket hotels dotted around the archipeligo.

This was our first trip to Kenya and I was in two minds whether to stay in Mkoko house on Manda or in Lamu town. We were both in no doubt I made the right choice. If we had booked Mkoko House for the beginning or even the second week of our holiday, we might have been kicking our heels a bit with so much still to see and do but we could not have ended our stay in Kenya in a better place.

Room Tip: Just ask when you book - the main bedroom is the Mkoko room. You will probably have the house to yourself.
  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 August 2011

Mkoko house is a little gem of a place. i stayed here with my girlfriend and her parents, and it was just lovely from start to finish. Idi is fantastic - so helpful, sweet and kind, and he cooks some incredible food. I would particularly recommend his vegetable curry and his fresh crab dish.

The house is set back a bit off the beach, about a five minute walk, but the third floor reading area makes up for all of that. With a hammock, lounge couch and another swinging bed, that location will be in my memory forever. So relaxing, and the best place to read and lay back ever. I spent most of my time up there, and eventually decided to sleep up there as well. The breeze always comes through the area, and you can see the ocean and all across the mangroves on the island. All in all, a truly fantastic place, and Idi and hte manager were always happy to help arrange trips to Shela and Lamu. I highly recommend the restaurant at the Pepponi hotel too - easily some of the best food I have had in Kenya.

  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 17 August 2011

Mkoko House is one of the most serene and quiet places in one of the most beautiful spots on earth - which means it doesn't really really get any better than that! Over the years, the plants have grown, Idi has become a pretty proficient cook and the place runs like clockwork. Truly perfect for nature and peace loving guests!!

  • Stayed: October 2010, travelled solo
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Reviewed 3 May 2011

We wanted a really relaxing break somewhere lovely after a couple of weeks on the road around Kenya. Mkoko House turned out to be the perfect choice! Really peaceful, in a secluded location and a warm welcome. We were well looked after by Idi, who is also a wonderful cook! The whole stay was made so easy for us and was worth every shilling - a lovely place.

  • Stayed: April 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 4 March 2011

This is a lovely lovely guesthouse. A real sense of space and culture within the guesthouse itself- with a marvellous in-house cook and helper- Idi. We stayed for 2 days and it could have been all week, gladly.

  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled with friends
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