“Our latest stay at Kuni Jogoo was as exceptional as ever. As usual Carissa, Johnson, Mary, Abu and the rest of the team went beyond expectations to make sure we had a memorable time. The food was exquisite, the house and surroundings exceptional and we can’t wait to be back there again.”

FR, Nairobi

Kuni Jogoo House has a superb waterfront position overlooking Kizingoni’s beautiful unspoilt beach and the channel separating Lamu Island from mainland Kenya. The house is built in a U-shape around a central swimming pool and has been designed to maximise the panoramic views. It is a perfect house for a gathering of friends and family, accommodating up to ten guests.

Kuni Jogoo is spacious, luxurious and beautifully designed – with intricately-carved wooden doors, antique furnishings, traditional Lamu beds and bright kickoy-covered safari chairs. A curved coral staircase leads down to the beach directly in front of the house, and the numerous plants and trees help maintain the house’s privacy as well as providing a home for the resident birdlife.

There are five spacious bedrooms at Kuni Jogoo. On the Ground Floor are two double rooms and two twin rooms – all are ensuite with private terraces leading out onto the swimming pool. Upstairs on the First Floor is the spacious Master Bedroom Suite, with a large terrace to the front which can be closed off for privacy. There are sea views from the bed and the two bathrooms – one with a shower and one with a bath and shower. There is also a single bed here which can be used for a small child or as a daybed.

“The staff were absolutely wonderful – very proactive and responsive to our requests and at New Year they created a very special dinner for us by the pool. They were very friendly and honest – you have great team at the property. The menu and quality of food was really good and the chef was excellent and very creative. We really enjoyed the culinary experience and the variety of seafood that was available. The management team was great – very proactive and responsive to our needs.”

Esther, Nairobi

The lovely 9-metre swimming pool is at the heart of the house and forms the focal point of the property. Around the edges are plenty of areas in which to soak up the sun – or to retreat into the shade if you prefer. From the pool area you look across pretty gardens and down the sand dune onto the beach.

Dine alfresco or at one of several dining tables on the makuti-shaded verandas upstairs and down, then relax on a swinging bed overlooking the beach and channel and watch the dhows sail past. There are numerous other living and lounging areas around the house, including a spacious indoors drawing room with expansive baraza sofa seats.

A separate building away from the main house is home to the well-equipped kitchen and pantry, laundry, stores and staff accommodation. There are 5 staff to look after guests, house, grounds and boats – Karisa (waiter), Johnson (chef), Mary (room steward), Abu (boat captain) and Wachu (askari).

“Kuni Jogoo was completely gorgeous. The pool and balcony were cleverly positioned to deliver incredible views of a deserted beach and picture perfect sunsets. These offered the opportunity to enjoy what the Kenyans charmingly call ‘sundowners and bitings’, cocktails and canapés to enjoy as day became night. Christmas Day, in particular will forever be etched in our minds for a potted palm decorated with lights and a moonlight swim. We enjoyed ten luxurious days of swimming, walks on the beach, sandy cricket matches and a lot of lolling about on hammocks. Heaven.”

Amanda, London

Lunches and dinners are usually based around which delicious fish, prawns, shellfish and other seafood is available at the time or on the day. Local fishermen will bring freshly-caught fish and seafood to the house daily. For puddings the chef makes great cakes, ice creams and sorbets – plus lots of delicious ‘bitings’.
A suggested menu will be made available of a dozen or more of the chef’s specialities for guests to choose from when planning meals in advance. Relevant food and drink shopping can be done by the staff in advance of your stay and is subject to a 10% service charge plus the cost of boat fuel when necessary.

The house speedboat ‘Little Bob’ is available for guests’ use and comes with the services of a boat captain. It carries a maximum of 8 passengers at any time. Guests pay for fuel for the boat ‘at cost’ on departure. The staff will monitor usage and keep guests informed of how much they have used and at what cost. Fuel supplies are kept in stock in a store separate to the house.

Please note that the use of the speedboat and the services of the boat captain are only available during daylight hours. Trips are not permitted in the evenings or after dark and the boat must return to the house by 6.30 pm at the latest. Kuni Jogoo has wi-fi internet and a good 3G cellphone signal.

  • A luxurious private hideaway on Lamu’s unspoilt south west coast
  • 9-metre swimming pool, panoramic views, gorgeous beach
  • Attentive staff and excellent cuisine
  • Menu planning and shopping service available
  • Speedboat with captain available for guests’ use
  • Accommodates up to 10 guests in 5 double ensuite bedrooms
  • From ksh 70,000 per night for up to 8 guests ‘self catering’ with chef and staff

Kuni Jogoo sits on the quiet and unspoilt South West Coast of Lamu Island – the island’s main beach starts at Kizingoni, curves around the southern tip of the island and stretches a further 8 golden miles to Shela Village. It is virtually empty, apart from myriad crabs, migrant and local sea birds, shells and the occasional troop of donkeys.

There are not many empty and unspoilt stretches of beach like this left in the world – offering peace seclusion, cooling breezes and clean seas – yet all the historic, cultural, retail and culinary attractions of Lamu Town and Shela Village – together with the airport on Manda Island – are just a 30-minute speedboat ride away.

The swimming, snorkelling, walking and beachcombing is excellent and other watersports are available. Nearby is  Kizingo, a low-key beach lodge with an attractive bar and restaurant open to non-residents. The sleepy, friendly and unspoilt fishing village of Kipungani lies a mile or so to the north.

Lamu is best accessed by air and there are usually several scheduled flights per day to and from Nairobi. Some flights also arrive or depart via Malindi. Airlines serving Lamu include –

Flights land at the airport on next door Manda Island. Manda is less than a mile away from Lamu and the boat trip to Kizingoni Beach takes around 30 minutes.

“The staff were absolutely wonderful – very proactive and responsive to our requests and at New Year they created a very special dinner for us by the pool. They were very friendly and honest – you have great team at the property. The menu and quality of food was really good and the chef was excellent and very creative. We really enjoyed the culinary experience and the variety of seafood that was available. The management team was great – very proactive and responsive to our needs.”

Esther, Nairobi

“Kuni Jogoo was completely gorgeous. The pool and balcony were cleverly positioned to deliver incredible views of a deserted beach and picture perfect sunsets. These offered the opportunity to enjoy what the Kenyans charmingly call ‘sundowners and bitings’, cocktails and canapés to enjoy as day became night.  Christmas Day, in particular will forever be etched in our minds for a potted palm decorated with lights and a moonlight swim. We enjoyed ten luxurious days of swimming, walks on the beach, sandy cricket matches and a lot of lolling about on hammocks. Heaven.”

Amanda, London 

“This was our second trip to Kizingoni Beach. We stayed at Kuni Jogoo both times. The welcome, the staff’s attention to detail, the food and the whole atmosphere is just what you want when you are on holiday. Stylish homely luxury at its best. The beach is the most perfect swimming beach on the Kenyan coast and the sunset is always spectacular. There are a great many activities on offer from water skiing and yoga to excursions to Lamu and Shela. We just needed to relax and there just isn’t a better place to do just that. The rooms are spacious and the decor of the whole house is beautifully in sync with the surroundings. The staff are there when you need them but discreetly in the background when you need to relax. The seafood is just divine and the choices infinite. Families, couples and friends will just love this place. Having been back again, it’s such a pleasure to see that the consistency has been maintained if not improved. Difficult to beat all round.”

CS, Nairobi

“We had a fabulous time at Kuni Jogoo – it was pure bliss. Days spent in the deep blue tranquility of that private beach and spacious house – which we loved. The team at the house were great. We swam with dolphins and went on adventures in the speed boat.”

Sveva, Laikipia

  • Standard rate for up to 8 guests – ksh 70,000 per night
  • Standard rate for up to 10 guests – ksh 85,000 per night
  • Minimum stay outside Christmas and New Year – 3 nights
  • Christmas & New Year – $1,250 per night – minimum stay 7 nights

All rentals are on a ‘self catering’ basis including the services of chef and team of staff.

Menu planning and shopping – please plan your menu with the house manager well in advance of your stay.  Shopping is subject to a 10% service charge on the cost of supplies plus the cost of boat fuel when necessary.

Stays include the use of the house speedboat with boat captain – one return airport transfer is included in your stay.  For all other speedboat trips fuel is charged ‘at cost’ according to usage.

The speedboat carries a maximum of 8 passengers at any time.  Parties of over 8 guests will be charged for the use of an additional speedboat when required.  Additional speedboat transfers to and from the airport are charged at ksh 8000 per trip.

Please note that the use of the speedboat and the services of the boat captain are only available during daylight hours. Trips are not permitted in the evenings or after dark and the boat must return to the house by 6.30 pm at the latest.

Kuni Jogoo now has wi-fi internet and enjoys a good Safaricom 3G telephone signal.

Because the property relies on solar-powered electricity, electric hairdryers and other high-voltage devices should not be used.

These rates, terms and conditions are valid for stays up until 10th January 2022

The owners require all adult guests to sign a disclaimer form before their stay

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