Takaungu Houses are set on private land with stunning sea views from both properties, far away from noisy hotels and beach boys. The beach is virtually private with the only traffic being a few fishermen at dawn. Fresh fish is bought up to the house daily at your request and prepared by excellent staff. Water sports activities can be found at Kilifi, the nearest town a 20 minute drive away. Takaungu Houses are for those looking for a real holiday, far away from the madding crowds, where your soul can really hang out, where the freshly prepared food will nourish your soul and where your children will happily play for hours in the rock pools and waves. Takaungu is a self catering property, has electricity, freezers and fridges and the wonderful staff will prepare mouthwatering meals. You have not lived until you have tried Taku's lemon cake or Bakari's fish and chips. You will be taken back to the time when the coast was untouched and free of commerce. A smidge of heaven.
Takaungu House is a double story building, built in Arabic style.
The ground floor has bedroom, large sitting/dining room with kitchen and stores at the back surrounded by big cool verandas.
The first floor has two double ensuite bedrooms and verandas.
Second floor (rooftop) is an open plan massive double bedroom suite, with an open plan bathroom. there is an additional bed in the veranda area. Views are stunning.
The annex is a private cottage and has one double bed, and two twins (open plan), great for family with children. Shared bathroom, own verandah.
The small swimming pool is set close to a fraginpani tree, and is great for mini laps and wonderful for children and always warm!
All rooms have fans. There is no air conditioning but a prevailing gentle sea breeze will have you drifting off happily to sleep. Freezers, fridges and a well equipped kitchen, plus a bevy of fantastic staff to take care of you are provided.
You have not lived unless you have tasted Bakari's lemon cake
I came, I saw, I died and went to heaven. But I was already there! Takaungu really is heaven on earth...
We arrived on our last legs and left feeling as though we could fly ... Taku heals the soul and has ripped our children away from technology to a real world of electric blue skies, heavenly rock pools and discovering what lies beneath the sand. Thank you.
Ooh la la. Bakaris fish dishes have me waddling home. Not to mention his fudge and cakes, all delivered with a massive smile. Wish I was taking him home too! But not all is lost, all worked off every morning in a stunning sea without a soul on the beach! Yes, Taku can (and has) rebuilt me!
One minute walk to the beach. You couldnt get closer!
The small beach of pristine white sand is coved in and protected by two headlands at each end. Walk round these headlands at low tide to explore the creek to the left and miles and miles of rock pools and more little beaches to the left. Great goggling most of the year.
The beach itself is wonderful - there are no other houses that share the beach and although small, offers privacy. No beach boys here!
Fly 540 flies into Vipingo Ridge Golf Course, three times a week and building frequency as the traffic picks up and it will only take you a 20 mins drive to reach Takaungu properties. Great for golfers too - fly in, play a round and come home to Taku!
Alternatively, Kenya Airways, Fly 540 and Air Kenya airlines fly into Malindi (1.15 hrs drive) or Mombasa (1.15 hrs drive).
Takaungu Village (where you can buy all basic provisions, except for alcohol and coffee!) is five minute drive away.
Kilifi, the nearest town has all normal supplies and is a 20 minute drive away. Visit the local boatyard and have lunch overlooking the creek and yachts. Really good food. Mnarani Club close by offers the entire range of water sport facilities, including sailing and diving. Watamu, an hour up the road offers much the same including big game fishing.
Banks - Barclays and KCB cashpoints in Kilifi. Tuskys Supermarket, just opened in Kilifi will cover most of your shopping requirements.
Takaungu houses are self catering so buy your provisions at Tuskys before you come down. After the initial shop, you can really live off the village and Bakari, the headman at Taku, will pop down to the village to get basic provisions. The village is strictly muslim, so does not sell alcohol or luxury items, or meat. Fishermen will bring fresh fish up to the house in season, but have a back up of chicken or steak just in case. Bakari is on hand to guide your shopping requirements, but suffice to say you wont have to trek into Kilifi very often.
Located in the heart of the tiny Takaungu Village, do visit the leather shop! Run by Amanda, a fantastic array of leather goods (including beaded belts, shoes and handbags) is on hand for a touch of retail therapy.
Most water sports can be found in Kilifi, including deep sea fishing (enquire at Kilifi Boatyard, Bakari will give you directions!). Swing by the farm shop on the way to pick up fresh farm produce. Mnarani Club offers diving, watersking, laser sailing and windsurfing, amongst others.
Watamu is located an hour up the road and places of interest along the way include the amazing Sokoki Forest, home to the rare Sokoki cat and elephants, the Gedi ruins, and lots of good beach shopping for kangas (sirongs) and curios as well as a few very good seafood restaurants.
Malindi, another 20 mins north is great for shopping too in the town and is host to a myriad of hotels and restaurants.
Che Chale (another forty mins on from malindi, north east) is one of the best kite surfing spots in the world.
Mombasa, heading south out of Takaungu, an hour away offers a great variety of shopping, hotels, watersports and restaurants. It is also host to a great nature trail (ex Bamburi Cement, turned green and lucious) and water slides at Pirates and Mamba Village Crocodile farm.
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To book either house please e mail stating Dates and no of people (adults and children). 70% deposit to secure booking (non refundable if cancellation is received within two weeks of entry date). Balance due four days prior to entry date.
Please arrive any time after 11.00 (flexible, confirm with us before you go down). Check out no later than 10.00 please.