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“No longer a fun place to stay”

Good Samaritan Nature and Culture Reserve
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Owner description: Gosana is an attraction about nature and culture eco system,eco-camps acommodations available which is like village middle of the forest best.Attractive birds,Attractive butterflies,cultural restaurant,small wildlife animals,nature walk local fish ponds.It is a non profit project mainly to reclaim a depression made as a result of mining stones,and also to creat some income for orphans project.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Reviewed 28 May 2013

I have been visiting Good Samaritan Vision for many years and it used to be great. However it was very dissapointing to find that on my latest visit in April that due to mis management now the place is very run down. The park no longer has any attractions as the butterfly house is empty, the ponds are just full of algae and unfortunately the ostriches both died. The restaurant which was a beautiful building is now rarely open and the chef left a long time ago. The downfall of the place has also affected the orphanage and school as the number of kids at both has fallen dramatically. Just over a year ago there were 180 pupils, it would appear this is down to below 20 now.
It is all very sad as if it had been managed properly then it could have remained a good place to visit. Unfortunately after my last visit my advice would be 'don't bother'. I feel I have to document my experience on my last visit to update readers on the places downfall since my original review.

5  Thank Trevorkroberts
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Reviewed 13 December 2012

Nothing much to say about it. quiet hole thats been reclaimed into a "reserve". there is very little other than winding paths and a water hole full of algae with little else, with time and more acrage ... maybe.

Thank maasaicountry
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Reviewed 9 November 2012

We visited the nature reserve and orphanage on a trip to Kenya. Taking our children to stay in a luxury hotel we really felt we ought to offer some help outside the gates of our idyllic accommodation. Searching the internet I became intrigued by the Good samaritan nature reserve and its attempt to become self sufficient. The owner made me feel incredibly humble. He is incredibly warm and genuine but also a truly great man and one I am grateful to have met. Rather than being content to live off handouts, he genuinely wants to make the orphanage self sufficient. He has many ideas to achieve this, albeit that he currently needs a little help with some of them.
My children could not have been more welcome and I am sure they could not learn such lessons at school. Not only is this an interesting and welcome place to stay; it is a truly altruistic venture by a man who gets very little sleep and spends every waking moment improving the lives of others.
We have kept in touch since our return to England and I am honoured to have had the opportunity to visit GOSANA.
Whether you are a tourist wanting a little more from your holiday, a totally independent traveller looking for a reasonable bed in one of the most beautiful areas of the planet (visit Kilifi creek and it would be hard to argue) or just a kindly soul who would like to help some really unfortunate (but very happy) children, you won't regret spending some time here.

1  Thank elmernik
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Reviewed 29 July 2012

Our 1st time stay in Kilifi was just great, mostly sunny and breezy days in July, easy shopping at Tuskys Supermarket, and You get a wonderful view and shade from roadside trees and flower plants on the way, and it was a great staying at GOSANA (aka Good Samaritan Nature Reserve).

Outside Tuskys Supermarket or at MiniBus (Matatu) Stage you can easily catch Taxi or Tuk Tuk or Piki Piki, keep their mobile numbers if you need them again.

The folks at GOSANA have combined Tourist Accommodation, and a Conference Room, and a Hill-Top Restaurant which is has an excellent view of the surrounding nature (i mean you are in the middle of very tall trees), and a short walk outside GOSANA takes you to an Orphanage building, and a School which is a two floor building, and a large playground outside, and a Farm (Shamba) where produces such as Maize, Okra (Bhinda), Spinach, Tomatoes and other Vegetables are grown.

On the way In or Out, from your Room to the Restaurant or Just Walking Around you will be walking paths surrounded by trees (some short and some very tall trees), it was like being in the middle of a nature reserve at all times, even from the hill top restaurant you would not catch a sight of the outside world.

On the way in or Out or just Walking around you will be following a trail of Nature, either
finding Butterflies or Dik Diks or Giriama house (straw architecture) or Masai Goma (straw architecture) or outdoor stage with log benches for seasonal performances, or specially built Butterfly Farm with rows of specific plants and trees to attract Butterfly Farming.

GOSANA is very popular with visiting school children who are arriving from further and further distances around the region, one of the main attractions is the well looked after Butterfly Farm,
here you can see the Full Butterfly Evolution (the butterfly's life cycle consists of: egg, larva, pupa and adult), and its really wonderful being there when the school buses arrive with noises of excited children. The butterfly is a beautiful brightly coloured insect and its a joy to watch.

GOSANA is a place where you would forget the outside world, its a place where you could enjoy all day long just gazing at the beautiful views of the nature, it was all pleasant and fun at the end of our stay,

The accommodation is 4 separate Makuti-Huts (a doble room with en-suite W/C + Shower), the large double bed looks big enough for 4 people, soap and towels and mosquito nets are provided, a rechargeable Night Light is provided per person, its capable of lasting 3 Nights on a single charge,

The Restaurant Menu includes Chicken Grill and Fresh Sea Food and you will be served to your request, at the restaurant there is a communal Fridge Freezer for keeping your fruits or drinks, the fridge also has water bottles and soft drinks if you wish to buy. The restaurant food is truely delicious and you could even have fresh vegetables from the farm cooked for you.
YES the Restaurant does have ELECTRIC LIGHTS.

There are NO SHAVING MIRRORS in the Hut or Restaurant W/C, you can bring your own or ask at the Restaurant to borrow one. When the darkness falls its pitch dark but you have your
(Multi LED Illuminating) Night Lights. At night inside the Huts its mostly quiet unless
its windy outside, sometimes at night you might think its raining outside but its actually
the wind playing with the Makuti roof. All rooms have mosquito nets and are sprayed in the evening so less likely to see any insects (but the place is very clean indeed).
The en-suite WC and shower room may be a bit dark but you could use the Restaurant WC if you prefer, (i would have preferred an "open top" outdoor shower instead of the dark room).

One of the public paths to the beach is near Baobab Sea Lodge, its a beautiful soft white sandy beach.

To find GOSANA follow directions to Kilifi Bay Resort (or Bofa Beach Resort), once there you will see a large Sign Board on the Road side, Turn Left at the Sign Board into the Earth Road,
drive along and look for couple of GOSANA signs marked on the stones,
whether day or night you will not miss the GOSANA Stone Signs.

GOSANA folks are truely wonderful and their HILL TOP RESTAURANT has EXCELLENT VIEW INDEED.

2  Thank Bob M
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Reviewed 1 May 2012

A truly fantastic place to stay and meet the community!

Lots of dik diks, squirrels, an ostrich and monitor lizards to spot on the nature trail as well as the fish ponds. It is very well maintained. Great food: simple breakfast, good lunch and great dinner of swahili food. The staff can also book you tuk tuks and are very helpful with advice for travel in the local area. Mr Okech in particular is excellent at solving any problems and very friendly. I also really enjoyed meeting the children in the children's home next door, and playing football with them. They all speak excellent English, and are delighted to learn about your country, job and other things.

It is not cheap, but the money went straight for school uniforms and meat into the orphanage next door.
I would definitely recommend if you want to meet the community, learn about Kilifi properly and enjoy nature.

Things to be aware of: It can be quite dark after 7pm, though they give powerful flashlights. There will be some bugs attracted to the light. Also, you can take the wrong path and end up taking a bit of a walk to your room, but all the paths come back to the centre. These are very minor things... The overall experience was priceless and I would definitely highly recommend it!!

Thank Joe P
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