Do you have WIFI?
Not everywhere - most of our guests want to get away from it during holidays. In urgent cases you can go online on our private terrace. Simply inquire.
Is the tap water safe?
For making coffee and cleaning teeth: yes. For drinking we recommend bottled water.
Are there poisonous snakes?
For years none have been seen on the compound, but you cannot completely exclude their presence anywhere in Africa. Very rarely one sees a bush viper (green, thin and completely harmless).
Is malaria here a topic?
To our knowledge, no guest has ever been infected. As only very few people live in the neighborhood, a transfer is unlikely. The hosts never had malaria despite not taking any prophylaxis. This, of course, is not a guarantee. A quick test can be done in the village.
In the restaurant
When is breakfast served?
From eight - until all were there . . . let's say to about eleven. An earlier breakfast can be arranged, if necessary.
Do you have latte macchiato?
Sorry, coffee machines do not live long in this salty climate - but we can always offer a good pressed one.
Is joint dinner mandatory?
Of course not. We happily set a separate table on request. But many like to finish off the day together – maybe from 19:00 h with a sun downer?
Do you serve fish every day?
If our guests ask for it, we can do so for weeks. You will not get fresher seafood anywhere. But if you feel the need, the chef will fry a steak for you. Or prepare something veg(etari)an.
How long is the barman on duty?
The waiter takes the last order after dinner, before he goes home. Thereafter, the owners might help out. For the later thirst each room has a minibar.
Do I tip?
Not in-between - but you are very welcome to put something in the tip box at departure. It is then divided equally among all employees. Thank you!
Around pool and garden
Can I swim at night?
Yes, either with or without the pool light (the switch is at the door of the pool house). Just don’t make a noise, please.
Are there annoying monkeys?
No, but during mango seasons, vervet monkeys help themselves to the ripe ones. Therefore, please do leave any fruit open in the bungalow. All year round bush babies are living in our trees (monkeys a bit like lemurs); you rarely see them but you will hear them at night.
Are these red and black millipedes dangerous?
They are the most harmless creatures on earth. And extremely useful: they eat old leaves and poop compost. The locals call them "Mombasa Express".
Are the night watchmen necessary?
As regards to safety, hardly. But so there is always someone approachable for late coming guests or at night-time problems (when all our other employees are at home in the village).
At the beach
Are there sharks, jellyfish, dangerous currents?
None of these.
Should we put slippers?
Only when walking far out to the reef at low tide - there might be sea urchins. Barefoot swimming or beach walking is not a problem.
Is the water always so far away?
No, twice a day the tide comes in (a tide table is available in the restaurant). The highs can vary up to two meters (depending on the moon phase), with waves splashing up to the beach wallat maximum tide. For shallower times there is the pool.
Do the beach vendors charge reasonable prices?
Often, but not always - in doubt please ask the hosts. We have tried to introduce two "market days" to reduce their presence on the beach. Inform us if there is any harassment. Please do not buy shells or starfish –their export is prohibited anyway!
Can’t you rake the seaweed off the beach?
Sometimes we do, but especially in the middle of the year it often gets too much. Stranded seaweed is part of the cycle of intact nature in several coastal areas of East Africa. From November to April, it mostly disappears.
In the village
Can I walk around safely?
Yes, any time of the day. Sometimes the beach vendors offer their company, but it works as well without. In the village friendly walkers are welcome and even taking photos is rarely a problem. Please wear more than the bathing dress, although there is no need to exaggerate the covering: the local Islam is very relaxed.