Rating: Price from: Â£200 pp full board
Delta Dunes Lodge has a stunning setting with views of miles of wide, empty beaches out to sea and inland over the vast Tana estuary. There are 60km of 'private' beach, you won't find discos and beach boys pestering you here!
There are just 7 en-suite cottages, ensuring an intimate and relaxed atmosphere. They are open fronted and set on raised wooden platforms, making the most of the magnificent views. Built from driftwood, mangrove poles and with thatched roofs, the cottages blend into their environment. Two of the cottages accommodates up to 4 people, ideal for families. The beds are swathed with mosquito nets and there are indeed mosquitos here, but there has been no malaria in this area for over 20 years.
The lodge offers wildlife viewing by boat and guided walking and birding safaris. TOther activities include kayaking, sand yachting, waterskiing, snorkelling, fishing and walking along the deserted beaches, or you can relax by the pool and enjoy views of the creek below. Meals are served in the thatched dining area and make great use the fresh local seafood. Sundowners can be enjoyed down by the creek.
Note that you need to be fairly mobile for a stay here as there are plenty of steps and climbing on and off of boats and jetties! We would recommend a minimum stay of 3 nights to enable you to immerse yourself into the environment and make the most of the range of activities and exploring the area.
Open: Delta Dunes Lodge is open from 16 July to 31 May.
Location: Delta Dunes Lodge is midway between Malindi and Lamu on the Kenya coast, at the mouth of the Tana River. It is on the top of high sand dunes. The lodge can be reached by a 2.5 hour drive from Malindi airport followed by a 20 minute boat ride.
Rooms: There are 7 open-fronted cottages built from driftwood. They have Swahili beds, en-suite bathrooms with flush toilets and hot water showers, and private verandas with views of either the Tana River or the ocean. 2 cottages are larger with 2 en-suite bedrooms each and a sitting room. Sleeping up to 4 people, these are ideal for families. In each cottage there is a beach basket with kikoi wraps and pillows for use on the beach. Cottages are spaced well apart for privacy.
Activities: Race sand yachts, go kayaking in the creeks, go wake boarding in the delta, take a walking safari, go birdwatching, take walks along the beach, swim in the pool, take river cruises and have cocktails on the beach. Fishing, sailing, windsurfing, surfing and waterskiing are also possible. You can meet Tana River tribespeople.
Facilities: The main lodge building is on 2 storeys. Downstairs you find the reception, gift shop and massage area, upstairs is the restaurant with an outdoor deck, spacious lounge and bar. Fish and seafood feature prominently on the menu. You can enjoy private meals on your own veranda if you wish. There is a swimming pool. The lodge offers a laundry service.
Dining: Meals are eaten at separate tables.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome. There are 2 family cottages.
Health: This is a low risk malaria area.
Communication: There is internet access.
The lodge has fantastic relationships with the local people who are from the remote Pokoko and Orma tribes. Their housing is developed from an Ethiopian ancestry style with 'bee hive' type huts and the local community as well as working in the lodge are actual shareholders, so a visit here really does get to grass roots communities.