THE FLOATING HOUSE IN KILIFI – Eve D’Souza

Call it sticking to my comfort zone, or extreme laziness (more accurate) but every time I’d go home to Mombasa for the holidays, I’d be more than comfortable to vegetate at our family beach house. My cousins would rave on about their day trips to Kilifi, which was only a 40 minute drive away. But like a sweaty beached whale, I convinced myself the Mombasa sun makes it humanly impossible to move any limbs, thus my visit to Kilifi was shelved.

Dhows in Kilifi creek

Dhows in Kilifi creek

Bofa beach Kilifi via thomson.co.uk

It took filming the travel show, “Travel Diaries” to finally get me to Kilifi. And boy did I feel super daft that I hadn’t made an effort to visit this tropical paradise earlier! Kilifi is a small coastal town located on the Kilifi creek between Mombasa and Watamu. With so much to offer it is surprising this spot has stayed relatively quiet and free from crowds all these years!

This is where we found a holiday spot like no other in Kenya – The floating house.

Floating house Kilifi

Floating house Kilifi

View of the Kilifi bridge from the floating house

Excited about the prospect of sleeping out on the water, the first thing I did when we arrived was jump into their boat and head across to our new home for the weekend. As the boat gets closer you can’t help feel a tinge of anxiety and excitement.

The Floating house – travelingkenya

Great house for water lovers – travelingkenya

This very unique floating house is available to rent at a very affordable price per night and sleeps 6 people. Need less to say, ideal for families or groups of friends, especially if you love the water!!

Courtesy 3degreessouth

The floating house

The floating house is equipped a fully functional kitchen where you can cook all your meals, with running water and electricity. The bedrooms are airy and comfortable, with one double, bunk beds and a twin. The upper deck provides for great views all across the creek.

One of the bedrooms – travelingkenya

Bathroom in the floating house – travelingkenya

Kitchen facilities in the floating house – travelingkenya

Built almost entirely using hardwood, the floating house is permanently anchored a few meters from the shore The following morning, I woke up early to try catch the sunrise and cook breakfast, the fish weren’t left out as you get to feed them from the side of the house as well. As quiet and serene it is out on the creek there’s lots of water action in store. Starting off with jumping off your house straight into the water for a cool swim. It does take you back to your childhood days and this I imagine would be popular with everyone no matter what age, well as long as you can swim! IMG_20141013_002914-1

Courtesy 3degreessouth

Courtesy 3degreessouth

Courtesy 3degreessouth

Courtesy 3degreessouth

Courtesy 3degreessouth

Courtesy 3degreessouth

Courtesy 3degreessouth

Courtesy 3degreessouth

Courtesy 3degreessouth

3 Degrees South provide excellent and affordable water sports activities within the creek and are based at the boatyard. Having worked up an appetite and too lazy to cook, I chose to take the boat across to the boatyard restaurant and order their legendary world-class crab samosas. Sea food lovers will find this an absolute treat and this is the very places in Kenya you can sample the best crab samosas on offer.

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The boatyard restaurant

There’s also stunning Bofa beach to stroll along and a visit to the gorgeous Mnarani Club in Kilifi mnaranisleepout.com

Bofa Beach Kilifi

Bofa Beach Kilifi

Mnarani Club, Kilifi

Mnarani Club, Kilifi

Bofa beach

Bofa beach

View of the creek

View of the Kilifi creek

To wrap up the holiday by the creek in a special way, Boatyard can organize a memorable sundowner out on a dhow. With the cool calm water lapping at your feet, the hot sun preparing to go down and just one or two boats out on the creek… enjoy a slice of serene coastal heaven in Kilifi.

Out on the water

The calm waters of Kilifi

Sunset in Kilifi

Sunset in Kilifi

INFORMATION ON KILIFI FLOATING HOUSE Contact information +254 722 442 334 +254 723 146 291 Restaurant:
+254 20 350 9505 Sleeps six people maximum in one double, bunk beds and two singles. Check in time after 2pm. Check out time before 11am on day of departure. The master bedroom has a mosquito net and fan. The Floating house is serviced daily and there is 24 hour dinghy service to the shore. Kilifi Yacht Club Beach Bar and Restaurant is fully licensed and open daily from 7am to 7pm serving delicious food. Dhow trips can be arranged and contacts given for other activities. Water sport activities are available at Kilifi Boatyard through www.3degreessouth.co.ke Anne: +254 714 757 763 Email: info@3degreessouth.co.ke

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