What does Karibuni mean?
Karibuni means ‘welcome’ in Swahili.
How do I get to Ndhiwa?
Guests can fly into Nairobi airport and travel by car or bus to Ndhiwa. Alternatively, from Nairobi Airport you can fly to Kisumu and travel two hours by road. We are able to provide airport transfers as well as an optional safari to the Maasai Mara after your stay. Read more about getting to Karibuni.
When is the best time of year to go to Kenya?
Ndhiwa is beautiful throughout the year, with average daily temperatures of 26°C during the cooler months (April to November) and 34°C during the hottest months (January to March). Flights are usually cheapest during October, November and December.
How long can I stay at Karibuni?
British visitors to Kenya are able to stay up to six months on a tourist visa. For information on obtaining a visa and travelling to Kenya, UK citizens can visit the GOV.UK website.
Do you cater for vegetarians?
Most of our food is vegetarian. All dietary requirements can be catered for and our hospitality team are happy to provide alternative options. See a sample menu from our restaurant.
Will I have access to clean drinking water?
We have clean, filtered drinking water. Our washing-up water comes from a well or is rainwater collected from the roof. When you’re on safari or tour in Kenya, bottled water is available to purchase in most towns and lodges (including Karibuni). Unfortunately, few people in rural Kenya have access to treated, clean water and the majority of the population drinks water from a river or well.
Is it safe to travel to Kenya?
Our guests have found Kenya to be a safe and welcoming destination and 185,967 British nationals visited Kenya in 2012 with minimal disruptions. We have been working in peaceful rural Ndhiwa – which is quite far away from Nairobi and Mombassa – for over 10 years and have never had any issues. However, before booking your flights, we do recommend you check your government’s travel advice on Kenya for up-to-date information.
Do I need to get any vaccinations?
Yes. People travelling into Africa are required to have yellow fever vaccinations and must provide a certificate of proof upon entry. You will also need malaria tablets. Find out more before you leave.
Will I have access to medical care?
First aid is available at Karibuni Eco-Cottages. There is also a government hospital and several private health clinics nearby and pharmacy in Ndhiwa. More serious problems would be treated in Homa Bay or Nairobi, or by air repatriation in an extreme emergency. We strongly recommend purchasing travel insurance before you leave.
Can I do a volunteer placement for my university course?
Yes. Guests are able to visit Karibuni as volunteers, and we can tailor a programme of activities with you to suit your course. Learn more about volunteering at Karibuni.
How hot is it in Ndhiwa?
Hot! Temperatures in hotter months can average 34°C during the day, but the temperature drops in the evenings and mornings during the wet season.
What should I pack?
Along with the usual travel essentials, the following items are highly recommended by our team:
- Insect repellent
- Antibacterial hand wash (for use without water)
- Small first aid kit (antiseptic cream/spray, plasters, painkillers)
- Long, loose clothing (e.g. cotton/linen shirts and trousers)
- Sarong, wrap-over skirt or shorts (longer than knee length)
- A warm fleece, jumper or hoodie
- Swimwear (if you’re planning to explore further afield)
Do you have internet and mobile phone coverage?
Karibuni Eco-Cottages has mobile signal and modems to access the internet. Wifi hotspots are available in neighbouring villages. Phones, laptops and cameras can be charged every few days with the mains and solar electricity available in all rooms. Find out more about the facilities and services on offer at Karibuni.
Should I leave a tip?
Tipping in Kenya is recommended for personal services at a general rate of 10%. At the end of your stay at Karibuni it is usual to tip the hospitality and service staff around 100-500 Kenyan Shillings per person. For additional tours and safaris we recommend tipping 500 Kenyan Shillings per person per day. Check the exchange rates here.
Will my valuables be safe?
We suggest you avoid bringing unnecessary valuables on your travels. However, our staff at Karibuni can lock away valuables such as money, passports and airline tickets if required. As an extra precaution we recommend photocopying all necessary documentation and using a money belt or pouch.