Lifestyle & Activitiesat Takaungu House

Swimming, Snorkelling and Diving

The houses both have their own fresh water pools these are filtered by rotation and the sparkling water provides a lovely freshen up after the beach the pool temperature remains a very comfortable 26-28 deg. C throughout the year.

There are fresh water showers next to both the pools to wash off beach sand.

The beach provides excellent swimming depending on the state of tide. There can be quite strong currents at high tide so do be careful but low tide leaves pools and wallows especially at the southern end of the beach where the 'cool pool' provides respite for the serious sunbather and the ultimate children's pool!

Snorkelling is great just off the reef at low tide (choose your times around an hour each side of low tide). There are masks, snorkels and fins available. Please ask Bakari and should you lose them we will ask you to replace them. Green turtles feed inshore just off beach at high tide in front of the houses. We operate a 'turtle watch' system with the local fishermen to try and protect them on this, nesting, beach

Diving can be arranged through Buccaneer Diving, who are based at the Mnarani Club, Kilifi. The local reefs are good and Vuma caves to the south of Takaungu can be very dramatic and are rated as one of the finest dives on the coast. There are caves and blowholes, with deep water just a few yards from the cliffs, frequented by grouper and snapper, giant Napoleon wrasse and visiting pelagic.

Watersport & Kite Surfing

Whilst we have snorkelling gear and a few body boards at the house Mnarani Club, beside the bridge on the south side of Kilifi Creek which is a short 20 mins drive from Takaungu offers great water sport facilities including sailing, windsurfing, jet skiing, waterskiing etc.

Takaungu Beach is suitable for Kite Surfing for experienced Kite Surfers only. Kite Surfing equipment is not provided.

Larger boats can be hired from the Boatyard about a mile up Kilifi creek on the same side where you will also find a pleasant bar, good company and simple food and drink.

The creek at Kilifi offers a fabulous deep water anchorage for yachts and is ideal for sailing and windsurfing. The mangrove creeks with their birds, mudskippers and fiddler crabs are fascinating places to explore.

Village walks, Gedi Ruins, Arabuko Sikoki Forest

Takaungu Village is a fifteen minute walk from the houses, or a five minute drive. It is a quiet traditional fishing village and largely Muslim. As such, it is important to observe local protocol to cover up if you visit, and not wear anything revealing.

There are excellent little shops or 'dukas' for the gentle pastime of buying 'Khangas and Kikois' Bakari will show you where and ensure you only pay the market price.

There is an excellent local handicraft and leather workshop, ZINJ, located just near the village where you can buy good quality beaded goods. A little retail therapy often helps!

Bakari will be happy to arrange trips to Watamu, (1.15hrs mins drive) Gedi (1 hrs drive) and the Arabuko forest (45 mins drive).

Mombasa day trip & Malindi day trip

A day out in Mombasa visiting Fort Jesus, the old town and wandering around the myriad of shops around the old Market make for a splendid day out. You can finish it of with a wonderful seafood extravaganza at the Tamarind Restaurant.

Golf at Vipingo Ridge

There is an excellent new golf course at Vipingo Ridge, just 15 minutes south of the turn off to Takaungu (

The course has been designed and built to the exacting USGA standard and is of international class.
It has a spectacular setting, at the top of the ridge overlooking the Indian Ocean.

Dhow Cruise

There is a great dhow cruise - either out to the reef for snorkelling (and seafood lunch cooked on board), or a an evening sundowners cruise up Kilifi Creek. Ask Bakari to organise this Captain Shallo 0733 242175, or 0720 678275.

Massage & Yoga

Massage and manicure/ pedicures can be booked easily from Kilifi, and arranged for the following day, again ask Bakari and he will organise it.

Yoga enthusiasts will love practicing on the top of the pool pump house overlooking the Indian Ocean. You can't get closer to heaven....

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Call Takaungu House Directly on:
+254 (0) 734 534 256 or

Vanessa Strong, Nairobi, Kenya -
+254 (0) 722 570 740


    Both Houses have mains power (240v) and water. There is a substantial water tank to back up the somewhat erratic mains supply. Mains power cuts are generally short lived and there are plenty of kerosene lanterns as back up. The house water is heated by drift wood boilers, which are lit morning and evening and might take a minute or so to run hot.

  • Wifi Access and Phone Cover

    Rather with regret the houses do have Internet, there is WiFi in most areas and there is good mobile phone coverage. The best local cell provider is SAFARICOM and SIM cards can be purchased cheaply locally as can pre-pay scratch cards.

  • Food

    Bakari and Selina have years of practice in the preparation of a wide variety of cooking styles. They are happy to cook whatever you want and will help source most items.

  • Laundry Services

    Laundry is hand done and air-dried. It will normally be returned the following morning, whereas they will be as careful as they can, please note that the staff cannot be responsible for any damage to items laundered.