Beach hut | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
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Takashak lies on Takaungu beach, 400 metres of white Indian Ocean sand enjoyed by only 3 properties. Lush greenery provides privacy from the beach so that you can lie on the roof terrace overlooking the Indian Ocean just metres away.
Away from it all down 5 kms of dirt road off the Mombasa to Malindi main road, Takashak is secluded, peaceful, quiet and hidden away.
Family owned, the house has been sympathetically improved over the years, whilst maintaining a simple beach house character. There is no electric power. Light is provided by hurricane lamps. Phones etc may be charged in the village 2 kms away and Safari and Jane, the caretakers, may take them up and back for you.
You will be looked after by Safari and Jane, a local Kenyan Giriama couple, who live on the property with their 4 children.
Takashak is chilled. Very chilled. Get ready to slow down, read, switch your 'phone off, swim, snorkle, sun-bathe, eat fish straight from the sea, walk up the creek, walk along the beach at full moon, explore the ancient village of Takaungu, the regional centre Kilifi, the historic port of Mombasa 1 hour to the south, Watamu and Malindi an hour to the North.
Takaungu creek can be walked at low tide and takes you on a fascinating 20 minute walk to the Swahili Muslim village
You will be self catering but basic help is available from Safari and Jane who can do some food preparation, wash the dishes, laundry and cleaning, bed-making etc.
The last 20 metres of the private drive is a steep 4 wheel drive only hill. 2 wheel drive vehicles can be left at the top of the hill 50 metres from the house.
On arrival ask Safari to cut down a fresh coconut off our own palm trees. He'll slice the top off for you and you drink revitalising fresh coconut milk just moments off the tree. Karibu!
NB: If you have small children you'll need to be careful with them on the roof terrace as there is no railing.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||the house is on Takaungu Beach|
|Will consider||House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||2 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Malindi 75 km, Nearest railway: Mombasa Train Station 50 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden|
The Kenyan Coast region
Takashak is 2 kms from Takaungu village, an ancient sleepy village at the head of a shallow creek, 25 minutes south of Kilifi, 1 hour south of Malindi and Watamu and 1 hour north of Mombasa.
Kilifi (the nearest town), set on beautiful Kilifi Creek, is the administrative centre for the large Kilifi district between Mombasa and Malindi. It has 4 banks, a Tusky's supermarket, vegetable market, fish shops, matatu station (public transport), hospital and chemists, 'off-licences'/liquor stores, the new Pwani University and lots of tourist activities and attractions including hotels and restaurants.
Kilifi is a bustling but laid back town full of local expats and friendly locals. Lots of shops shut from 12-2pm but not the main ones. The huge bridge now links it easily with the area south of Kilifi creek and Mombasa. Kilifi is 25 minutes drive north of Takaungu and Takashak.
Off the beaten track, Takaungu is 5 kms down a dirt road from the main Mombasa-Malindi road. Transport from the main road to Takaungu and the house is provided by boda-boda, the local motorbike taxis.
If you don't have a vehicle the best way to get around is to walk, take a Tuk-Tuk, catch a matatu or get a taxi.
Things to do in Kilifi area:
Kilifi Boatyard offers all boat servicing and repairs, a wonderful creek front setting with a sand floor bar looking down Kilifi creek and a bar and restaurant offering simple sea food, samosas, salads, cold beers. Saturday is the most popular day to visit.
The Arabuko-Sokoke indigenous forest, with hiking paths run through the park, is less than an hour north of Takashak. The forest has Elephant, African Civets, as well as sokokes, baboons, Vervet Monkeys and spectacular butterflies. The park is recognised as an outstanding centre of amphibian diversity.
Mida Creek: The forest adjoins Mida Creek (which has a boarded walk) a mangrove forest that is an important shorebird wintering ground, protecting species such as the Terek Sandpiper and the Crab Plover.
Visit the snake park in Mnarani village, south of Kilifi.
14th century Mnarani ruins, remarkable Pillar Tombs decorated with inscriptions and carvings and a large Friday Mosque and several other mosques dating back to 15th century and a huge baobab tree believed to be the largest in the coast area.
Within an hour north: 13th century Gede ruins near Watamu. Watamu beach and resorts, renowned big game fishing, Malindi Marine Reserve, Malindi Vasco da Gama pillar. the famous 'Ocean Sports Hotel.'
Within an hour south: Nyali shopping centre and Nakumat superstore, Mombasa (Kenya's second largest city) Fort Jesus, international airport and port.
Tsavo East and Tsavo West National Parks within a few hours drive inland.
The nearest village is Takaungu village, a 5 minute drive or 15 minute walk.
Things to do in the area:
Takaungu beach is great for snorkelling at low tide when lots of pools are exposed. Takaungu creek makes a fascinating walk to the village and beyond as it narrows into mangroves. Keep an eye on the tide movements.
Explore Takaungu Village with its local shops, especially Mr Mohamed Ali's shop which is the main store where you can buy most basics. Mosques, wells, schools, a clinic, fish market, canoe ferry to north side of creek and friendly laid back locals.
Vuma Caves: 45 minute walk or 25 minutes by boda-boda from Takashak the open ocean crashes on to Vuma's spikey jagged rocks and caves. Experienced divers can venture into the water; there are caves and blow holes. Game fish like Barracuda and Tuna can be seen from the rocks.
Kiriwatu Marine Reserve: a wonderful marine reserve, 20 minutes drive south, snorkle in clear water and see amazingly varied, beautiful corals and sea life. Expect to see turtles.
Zinj, in Takaungu village, a good quality expat run (by Amanda) leather goods manufacturer sells beaded sandals, bags, dog collars etc from a tastefully renovated old Swahili house in the village.
Vipingo Ridge Golf Resort within 30 minutes drive. This is a world class Clubhouse and 18 hole golf course built to USGA specifications.
Boating, yachting and dhow trips can be organised from Kilifi Boatyard and Mnarani boatyard, the latter offering PADI diving tuition, wake-boarding, water-skiing, windsurfing, dinghy sailing, deep sea diving, fishing and game fishing.
Wild Living Eco store at Kilifi Plantations (on main road) well worth a visit for eco products and beauty items.