General Information.

Security

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.

Booking

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.

 

Money

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. Traveler's checks are not common.

 

Language

At Kenya's coast both Swahili and English are commonly spoken. The management of Mbuyu Beach also speaks German, French, and some Italian.

 

Visa

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

→  eCitizen - Kenyan Visa Application.

The electronic visa costs 50 USD and can be paid by credit card. For children under the age of 16, no visa fees are charged.

 

Health

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 access to a a 3G router on request.

 

Transport

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).

 

Parking

If you come with your own car, you can park free of charge on our secure compound.

 

Electricity

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.

 

Water

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.

 

Massage

Can be organized on short notice. We have a special room with a massage bed.

 

Pets

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:

Webcams Diani Beach

 

Tides and stars

Daily and monthly overview for the tides and the rising and setting of the sun and moon

Tide Table for Mombasa

 

Time zone

The East African Time is +2 hours compared to the Central European Time zone (+1 hour during the period of daylight savings time).

Press Media

Current media in Nairobi and Mombasa:

Daily Nation

The Standard

Coastweek

 

We get a copy of the "Daily Nation" every day at around noon.

Comes and goes with the Kusi: seaweed on the beach
Comes and goes with the Kusi: seaweed on the beach
. . . and in heavy seas.
. . . and in heavy seas.

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