Topi Villa is just a ten-minute stroll from 12 kilometres of stunning Indian Ocean beach. The house stands in a secure gated compound containing no other houses, within a larger development. The house has a half acre of mature tropical garden with a private swimming pool, a poolside bar, and a large shady veranda with sofas, armchairs, a dining area and an overhead fan. The accommodation downstairs comprises two main bedrooms (each with a double bed and its own bathroom), plus large modern kitchen, hallway and guest bathroom. One bedroom has air conditioning, and the other has a floor fan and a day bed suitable for a child. Upstairs, there is a very large gallery with a double bed, two single beds, a lounge/TV area and a bathroom. Thus, the villa will sleep 3 couples plus two children, with a day bed for a third child. All the rooms remain relatively cool in the hottest weather due to the thatched roof and the sea breezes. You can contact the owner via this site, or directly by email to Bernard.Rivers@Gmail.com.
Things to do: Topi Villa offers three main forms of holiday activity. First, leisurely poolside living, perfect for the youngest child to the oldest adult. (Some guests don't leave the property for days!) Second, walking, jogging, swimming, sunbathing, scuba diving, deep sea fishing, kite-surfing, dhow trips, and of course eating and drinking on and next to Galu Beach and the adjoining Diani beach, which between them provide 12 kilometers of continuous and stunning white coral sand and palm trees. And third, 'safari' visits of one to four days to Kenya's national parks for game viewing. Shimba Hills national park and elephant sanctuary are a one-hour drive away; Tsavo East and Tsavo West national parks are a 3-hours drive; and Masai Mara national park is served daily by a 2 hour flight by light aircraft. Leisure Lodge Club (an 18 hole, par 72 golf course) is just 10 minutes away by car, and visitors are welcomed. See www.golfinginkenya.com/primary/introduction.htm.
How to get there: Many airlines fly from Europe to Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA). At least two fly from JKIA to Mombasa. (See www.kenya-airways.com and www.fly540.com.) And two fly from Nairobi's Wilson Airport to Diani (Ukunda) Airfield. (See www.flysafarilink.com and www.airkenya.com.) In addition, nonstop charter flights are available from Europe to Mombasa (e.g. Thomson from London Gatwick; Condor from Munich and Frankfurt; Ethiopian from various via Addis; Turkish from various via Istanbul).The owner is happy to provide further advice on flights, but guests must make their own flight reservations.
Taxi to Topi Villa from Mombasa Airport or Diani (Ukunda) Airfield can be arranged on confirmation of booking.
A car is not necessary since taxis are easily available, but you can if you wish arrange a rental car. For Mombasa rentals, options include www.europcar.com/car-rental-KENYA-MOMBASA.html. For a Galu/Diani rental, contact the owner.
Contacting the owners: The owners are Bernard Rivers (UK citizen) and Karen Rothmyer Rivers (US citizen). We recently retired after working for many years in Kenya, and we divide our time between Topi Villa and the USA.The best way to reach us is by emailing Bernard at email@example.com. If you prefer to phone, call Bernard's Kenya mobile at +254-736-280702. If there's no reply, it might mean Bernard is out of the country, in which case you can leave voice mail for him at the following US number: +1-518-239-4598; the voice mail message will be automatically forwarded to Bernard by email, and he will reply promptly from wherever he is at the time. Note: To see this web page again, just go to www.topivilla.com, and you will automatically be taken here.
Topi Villa is located 35kms south of Mombasa, approximately one and half hours by taxi from Mombasa airport (including ferry time) and ten minutes from Diani (Ukunda) Airfield. Taxi from either can be arranged. Galu Beach is a leisurely 10 minutes' walk away - a stunning white coral sand beach with a live coral reef 400m offshore. Galu Beach is a continuation south of Diani Beach, the main tourist destination on the coast south of Mombasa. The Galu and Diani beach tourist areas have a good choice of restaurants and beach bars and many of the major hotels welcome non-resident diners. The National Parks of Tsavo East and West are a 3 hour drive away, and the Shimba Hills park and elephant sanctuary are a 1 hour drive away. Mombasa 'old town' (a heritage site) is one hour away by car. Note: For a great satellite view of house and beach, see http://maps.google.com/maps?ll=-4.35471,39.55975&q=-4.35442,39.55608+(Topi+Villa.+House+and+pool+are+below+pointer.)&iwloc=A&t=k&z=17
Other Activities: Use Topi Villa as a base at the coast from which to head off for safaris into the Shimba hills and the National Parks of Tsavo East and West.