Cheap hostels and lodges are by far the best accommodation choice for Backpackers and budget travelers around the world. Other than being inexpensive, they offer a sense of community and a meeting place for people from all over the world. Searching for the best hostels can be tiresome, especially given that there are so many options to choose from.
The Kenyan coast being one of the best destinations in Africa, has attracted a number of cheap accommodation facilities for backpackers and travelers.
During my backpacking trip along the northern coast of Kenya, I stayed in 3 hostels. I started my journey in Nyali, Mombasa and stayed at Mombasa backpackers (Tulia House). This is definitely the best budget hostel/ B&B to stay in while backpacking or traveling to Mombasa on a budget. A couple of friends I met in the train from Nairobi to Mombasa were staying here as well.
Distance Relatives Ecolodge & Backpackers
The following day I hitch-hiked to Kilifi town and then headed to Distant Relatives Ecolodge & Backpackers. By the time I arrived at the main gate, I already had the impression that I was going to have a great time there.
Location and how to get there.
The lodge is located in Kilifi between the Giriama village of Fumbini and the emerald-blue waters of Kilifi Creek. If you are traveling by public means from either Malindi or Mombasa, alight at Pwani University or Tusky’s Supermarket and take a Tuk Tuk or motorcycle (BodaBoda). Ask the driver to take you to Distance Relatives Ecolodge. It is only about 2 km from the main Kilifi – Malindi road so don’t panic!
Accommodation facilities and charges
At Distance Relatives Ecolodge & Backpackers you have a choice of different types of accommodation to suit your budget. The options include Camping in your own tent, shared dorm rooms/hostels, tents, private rooms and Bandas. Irrespective of your preferred choice, you still get to enjoy all the other communal facilities at the lodge. The prices are affordable and fluctuate depending on the season. Ask for the price chart here.
Bar and restaurant
They have very good food. Whether you want Kenyan style or prefer international cuisine you will get it. The bar is always stocked and you get to meet very nice people as you enjoy a cold Tusker.
Chill out places and lounge
They have a quite large lounge and chill out rooms. Inside the lounge, you get musical instruments, darts, billiards and a Foosball table. You will also find sunbeds, sofas, and couches by the swimming pool.
Showers and Eco toilets
Probably the most amazing thing about this place is the Ecosystem. All the toilets are Eco-friendly and water-less composting. The communal showers are built in a bamboo. Whether you are staying in the private rooms, tents, or dorms, this is something you should try.
Fun activities and friends at the lodge
Distant Relatives Eco-lodge & Backpackers is full of fun. The community made of staff and travelers is amazing. Inside the lounge, there is a board where you can see all the activities happening every day. These activities and events include but not limited to, Yoga lessons, movies, Dhow sailing, bonfire and full moon party at the beach.
You can also play volleyball on the sand covered field or go swimming in the beach and see the magnificent bio-luminescence in the evenings with your new friends.
If you are visiting Kilifi anytime soon, head to Distant Relatives for a night and experience a home away from home.
Other images from Nyali and Kilifi