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Located at Kilifi Creek, just 1.9 mi outside of town and surrounded by a community forest, Distant Relatives Ecolodge and Backpackers features a secluded beach area, a restaurant and outdoor pool.

The lodge offers different accommodations types, ranging from family and double rooms to beds in a dormitory or safari tents. The spacious rooms feature custom made furniture and shelving. The waterproof tents feature a bed-side table and solar lights.

Distant Relatives offers a communal kitchen. Meals can also be ordered from the restaurant and include vegetarian options. Cocktails and refreshments can be enjoyed at the bar. The lodge also offers regular live music events.

Facilities at the lodge include outdoor bamboo showers, a private jetty, a library and a tour desk.

An array of activities can be enjoyed on site or in the surroundings, including cycling, hiking, volleyball, sailing and darts. Visits to the nearby Fumbene village can be arranged.

Distant Relatives is 28 mi from Malindi Airport and 31 mi from Mombasa Airport. Airport shuttles can be arranged for a fee.

Couples in particular like the location – they rated it 8.0 for a two-person trip.

Distant Relatives Ecolodge & Backpackers has been welcoming guests since Feb 13, 2014

Currency Exchange: Need local currency? This property has currency exchange on site.

Property Highlights

Top Location: Highly rated by recent guests (8.1)

Free Private Parking Available On Site


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This property is part of the Travel Sustainable program, which means it’s taken significant steps to make your stay more sustainable.

4 reasons to choose Distant Relatives Ecolodge & Backpackers

  • Prices you can't beat!
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  • The staff speaks English
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Area info *
Guests loved walking around the neighborhood!
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Restaurants & cafes
  • Restaurant Nautilus
    1.7 miles
  • Cafe/Bar Wild Living
    3.4 miles
Natural Beauty
  • River Kilifi Creek
    0.6 miles
  • Ocean/Sea Indian Ocean
    3.1 miles
Closest Airports
  • Malindi Airport
    32.8 miles
  • Moi International Airport
    33.1 miles
  • Ukunda Airport
    50.2 miles
How to get to Distant Relatives Ecolodge & Backpackers from Moi International Airport
    Public shuttle
    Private shuttle
    Free parking is available.
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1 Restaurant On Site


    Food: African, European

Amenities of Distant Relatives Ecolodge & Backpackers
  • Picnic area
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Sun deck
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Shared kitchen
Pets are allowed on request. No extra charges.
  • Live music/Performance
  • Tour or class about local culture Additional charge
  • Happy hour Additional charge
  • Walking tours Additional charge
  • Movie nights
  • Beach
  • Evening entertainment
  • Nightclub/DJ
  • Snorkeling Additional charge
  • Diving Additional charge
  • Cycling
  • Hiking
  • Canoeing Additional charge
  • Darts
  • Windsurfing Additional charge
  • Karaoke
  • Pool table Additional charge
  • Game room
  • Fishing Additional charge
Food & Drink
  • Fruit Additional charge
  • Wine/Champagne Additional charge
  • Kids' meals Additional charge
  • Special diet meals (on request)
  • Snack bar
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
WiFi is available in all areas and is free of charge.
Free private parking is available on site (reservation is not needed).
  • Accessible parking
  • Street parking
  • Secure parking
  • Airport drop-off Additional charge
  • Airport pickup Additional charge
Front Desk Services
  • Baggage storage
  • Tour desk
  • Currency exchange
Entertainment & Family Services
  • Outdoor play equipment for kids
  • Indoor play area
  • Board games/Puzzles
Cleaning Services
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry Additional charge
Business Facilities
  • Meeting/Banquet facilities Additional charge
Safety & security
  • Fire extinguishers
  • CCTV outside property
  • CCTV in common areas
  • Security alarm
  • Key access
  • 24-hour security
  • Safe
  • Shared lounge/TV area
  • Airport shuttle (additional charge)
  • Shuttle service (additional charge)
  • Designated smoking area
  • Car rental
  • Family rooms
  • Facilities for disabled guests
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Raised toilet
  • Wheelchair accessible
Outdoor swimming pool
Free! All pools are free of charge
  • Open all year
  • Pool/Beach towels
  • Beach chairs/Loungers
  • Shallow end
  • Yoga classes
  • Full-body massage Additional charge
  • Hand massage Additional charge
  • Head massage Additional charge
  • Couples' massage Additional charge
  • Foot massage Additional charge
  • Neck massage Additional charge
  • Back massage Additional charge
  • Beach umbrellas
  • Beach chairs/Loungers
  • Pool/Beach towels
  • Massage Additional charge
Languages Spoken
  • English
  • French
  • Swahili
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House rules Distant Relatives Ecolodge & Backpackers takes special requests – add in the next step!


12:00 PM - 10:00 PM


7:00 AM - 10:00 AM


Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to accommodations type. Please enter the dates of your stay and check what conditions apply to your preferred room.

Children & Beds

Child policies

Children of all ages are welcome.

Children 18 and above are considered adults at this property.

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Crib and extra bed policies

There's no capacity for cribs at this property.

This property doesn't offer extra beds.

Age restriction

The minimum age for check-in is 18


Free! Pets are allowed on request. No extra charges.

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The fine print

In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19), additional safety and sanitation measures are in effect at this property.

Please inform Distant Relatives Ecolodge & Backpackers of your expected arrival time in advance. You can use the Special Requests box when booking, or contact the property directly using the contact details in your confirmation.

Swimming pool #1: Closed from Thu, Jun 02, 2022 until Thu, Jun 30, 2022

FAQs about Distant Relatives Ecolodge & Backpackers

  • Distant Relatives Ecolodge & Backpackers has 1 restaurant:

    • Restaurant

  • Distant Relatives Ecolodge & Backpackers is 1.3 miles from the center of Kilifi.

  • Distant Relatives Ecolodge & Backpackers offers the following activities/services (charges may apply):

    • Massage
    • Cycling
    • Hiking
    • Pool table
    • Game room
    • Snorkeling
    • Diving
    • Fishing
    • Canoeing
    • Karaoke
    • Darts
    • Windsurfing
    • Evening entertainment
    • Head massage
    • Happy hour
    • Back massage
    • Beach
    • Yoga classes
    • Movie nights
    • Foot massage
    • Swimming pool
    • Full-body massage
    • Tour or class about local culture
    • Neck massage
    • Walking tours
    • Hand massage
    • Live music/Performance
    • Couples' massage
    • Nightclub/DJ

  • Room options at Distant Relatives Ecolodge & Backpackers include:

    • Family
    • Tent
    • Bed in Dorm
    • Double

  • From the nearest airport, you can get to Distant Relatives Ecolodge & Backpackers by:

    • Airport shuttle (arranged by property) 1h
    • Airport shuttle (public) 1h 30min

  • The prices at Distant Relatives Ecolodge & Backpackers may vary depending on your stay (e.g. dates, hotel's policy etc.). To see prices, enter your dates.

  • Yes, this hotel has a pool. See details about the pool and other facilities on this page.

  • Check-in at Distant Relatives Ecolodge & Backpackers is from 12:00 PM, and check-out is until 10:00 AM.