Mbuyu Beach Bungalows are a day trip away from the troubled Somali border area in the very north. The south coast, and particularly the southern part, has never been affected by travel warnings. The same applies to the popular national parks. If you want to avoid Mombasa on arrival or during safari: that's possible (→ Getting there). In general, Msambweni is an exceptionally peaceful and safe place with very friendly people.
Normally you book your individual stay directly with us. Some specialized tour companies (→ Links) also offer Mbuyu Beach Bungalows as part of their safari package, so you may come in through them. Of course you are free to ask any other tour operator to consider us as the beach part of your Kenya schedule. We are not dealing with package holidays or booking portals.
Payment in euros or Kenyan shillings (at the current exchange rate, → Currency Converter OANDA). All rates include 16% VAT and 2% Hotel Levy. Advance payments by bank transfer or mpesa may be required (details on request). Sorry, we cannot process credit cards. Local ATM accept European bank cards only to a limited extent. Euros and dollars are equally welcome in Kenya. Traveler's checks are not common.
At Kenya's coast both Swahili and English are commonly spoken. The management of Mbuyu Beach also speaks German, French, and some Italian.
You get your visa on arrival at the airport in Nairobi or Mombasa. For an electronic visa, please apply in time (but not earlier than 3 months before entry) using
The electronic visa costs 50 USD and can be paid by credit card. For children under the age of 16, no visa fees are
Msambweni is definitely no malaria hot spot. Prophylaxis - yes or no: this is your personal decision. Please consult your general practitioner. Besides, do not go over the top - yellow fever vaccinations for example are not mandatory in Kenya.
Phone and Internet
There is connectivity through Safaricom (Vodafone), Orange and Airtel. Mobile-based data services are working. We do not have WiFi all over the compound, nevertheless, there is free access to a a 3G router on request.
On request, we will organize taxi transfer from Mombasa airport ( 5,500 KSh) or Ukunda airstrip (2,500 KSh per car). For the more adventurous, it is possible to explore the area by means of the very inexpensive "matatu", the local mini-bus, or "boda boda", the motorbike taxis (→ Mbuyu Beach!/Getting there).
If you come with your own car, you can park free of charge on our secure compound.
The current is 220 V AC, and works most of the time. U.K.-style wall sockets (with adapters). The showers are connected to solar water heaters.
From the public mains and in an acceptable quality. However, it's recommended to drink bottled water. During dinner we serve table water for free.
Can be organized on short notice. We have a special room with a massage bed.
Sorry, you have to leave your own pets at home. You should know that some (cute) cats are living around here. But even if you have a cat allergy - these pussycats are strictly not allowed into the bungalows.
Weather and seasons
It is warm enough along the coast for a beach holiday all year round. The months from November to March offer a great deal of sunshine and the best diving conditions, with the warm monsoon winds (Kaskazi) blowing from northeast. All the rest of the year can be enjoyed by those who appreciate the quieter off-season benefits with more moderate temperatures.
However, the southerly monsoon (Kusi) washes seaweed ashore during these months, and some days in July/August might be cooler under the equator than in Western Europe. Mid April to end of June is the time with the most intensive rains, October/November bring the short rains.
If you want to see the weather as it is at the moment:
Tides and stars
Daily and monthly overview for the tides and the rising and setting of the sun and moon
The East African Time is +2 hours compared to the Central European Time zone (+1 hour during the period of daylight savings time).