Kiwandini House, Shela Village

A lovely and exotically-decorated house set just back from the Shela seafront and beach, Kiwandini has three double ensuite bedrooms and a spacious courtyard garden and pool. Kiwandini House is often rented with neighbouring Full Moon House – together they can accommodate 12+ guests.

Kiwandini House is one of the Moon Houses – a collection of neighbouring and interconnecting houses set just back from the seafront in Shela Village. Each of the houses can be rented individually – or together with one or more of the adjoining properties – providing flexible and adaptable accommodation for from 2 up to 22 guests.

Historic and charming, furnished with local antiques and built in traditional Swahili style, the houses come complete with excellent chefs and housekeepers. The houses are rented on a ‘self-catering’ basis – guests can choose from a guideline menu and the house staff will shop and prepare and serve meals as required, buying ingredients and provisions for guests ‘at cost’.

The houses also come with the services of a professional on-site manager who can help organise local activities and excursions. Rentals also include return airport transfers on the Moon Houses’ own private motor boat, along with complimentary laundry services and wi-fi internet.

Rentals of the Moon Houses help support the Safari Doctors project Safari Doctors is currently the only organization providing regular medical care to remote areas of the Lamu District. Safari Doctors runs a monthly mobile which travels up the coast north of Lamu by dhow – reaching distant communities in need of health services.


  • Beautifully decorated and furnished in Omani Arab style
  • Courtyard garden and swimming pool
  • Accommodates up to 6+ guests in 3 double ensuite bedrooms
  • One bedroom can become a twin-bedroom if needed.
  • A single bed can also be added to an ante room to the master bedroom.
  • Standard rental rate – $500 per night.

Detailed Information

  • 3 double bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms
  • Occasional single bedroom off master bedroom
  • Open and covered upstairs terraces and lounging areas
  • Ground floor living and dining rooms
  • Courtyard garden with lounging areas
  • Swimming pool (shared with Full Moon House)
  • Private chef and housekeepers
  • On-site manager
  • Return airport transfers by private boat
  • Laundry service
  • Wifi internet


Kiwandini House sits less than 50 metres from the seafront in Shela Village, close to the eastern tip of Lamu Island. The island’s main beach is just a minute or two away from the house, as are Peponi Hotel and the other attractions of the village. Lamu Town is two miles north of Shela, and Manda Island and its airport are just a short boat ride away.

Visitor’s Book


  • Standard rental rate per night (March to June, September to December) $500 per night
  • High season rental rate (January and February) $580 per night
  • Christmas and New Year – $690 per night

Rentals are on a ‘self catering’ basis including the services of chef and house staff.

Rentals include return airport transfers, laundry and wi-fi

These rates are for East African residents – please contact us for ‘non resident’ rates