It is hard to believe, but in July we start Kizingo’s 14th season! I for one can’t believe how fast the time has gone or how that the van Aardt family has managed to keep a business going for all these years and finally that we have not been tempted by our nomadic DNA to run off into the wilderness again.
For those of you that are becoming tired of all the extreme changes happening in the western world , I hope you all know that Lamu island still remains reassuringly the same. Sleepy Lamu island rejects the radical, does not have referendums and remains ever true to its gentle peaceful self. The island still only has 2 cars, 22 000 people and some 6000 donkeys. The major development of the last 100 years has been the connecting of Lamu town and Shela to the national electricity grid, but don’t get excited the power lines have not yet made their way to Kizingo and so we still use good old clean renewable solar Power to light our rooms and heat our water.
We had a great start to the year with a fantastic new year’s party with over 100 people dancing away in and of course on the bar. Alex and Sammy managed to join in and keep the cocktails flowing all at the same time!
On the turtle conservation front, there has been lots of good news with over 10 nesting’s so far, this year.
The trips out to swim with the dolphins has been fantastic, and for those of you that want to do this please remember the season starts in November though to April.
We have started hiring motorbikes or as they are called here piki piki’s to take us on a mainland ride to Lake Kenyatta. Don’t worry if you do not know how to ride as we just opt to sit on the back and be chauffeur driven around in style! The bike ride takes you through rural farmlands and a small town where we buy a lot of our fresh fruit and vegetables for the hotel. We then stop off at lake Kenyatta and watch the hippos and the incredible bird life before heading home for sunset.
The Kipungani Schools Trust is doing well and continues to support and to maintain the 16 primary schools it has built and is preparing to build a 17th! Which hopefully will be completed by Christmas! That would be 17 schools in 17 years! The KST continues to pay for 30 teachers and fund much needed full fees scholarships for students to go onto secondary school. Thank you to all of you that have made donations to the KST over this last year – and please don’t forget us this year!
Kizingo is now closed for the rains which have thankfully arrived as they are very much needed here in Kenya. We will be opening again in early July. We really hope that lots of you who have been to stay with us will think about booking again and those of you that have yet to come and visit will decide to do so this year.
Love from all of us at Kizingo!