Kilifi New Year is located in a wild, magical playground: Imagine 20 acres of wild jungle, colossal indigenous trees on the edge of a mythical gorge. The site is host to secret wild orange and lemon orchards, bamboo forests and monumental thousand year-old baobabs.

Kilifi New Year is located in Kenya in the lush ancient coastal town of Kilifi (midway between Mombasa and Malindi) near the emerald green Takaungu creek. The 20 acre property is tucked away between the wild cliffs of Vuma, the translucid turquoise waters of Kilifi Creek and the 10km white sand beach of Bofa. While Kilifi’s very laid back beach atmosphere definitely has its own little charm, it has also attracted an impressive alternative community of eco-builders, artists, organic farmers, permaculture lovers and all kinds of dreamers wanting to be part of a more conscious living community.

Read more here what the Lonely planet has to say about Kilifi:

https://www.lonelyplanet.com/kenya/kilifi/introduction

Kilifi New Year is located in a wild and new magical playground. Imagine 20 acres of wild jungle, colossal, wise and old ancient indigenous trees on the edge of a mythical gorge. The site is host to wild secret orange and lemon orchards, bamboo forests and monumental thousand year-old baobabs.

GETTING HERE

Kilifi New Year is just a short distance (2km) from Tusky’s Supermarket. We are located 2km off the main highway connecting Mombasa to Watamu, Malindi, and Lamu. If you are coming by local transport (matatu), jump off at Tusky’s Supermarket. From there, many motorbikes (“piki-pikis”) and tuk-tuks will be able to take you to the festival for about Ksh 100/150 usually (they’ll know about it!).

From Mombasa and Malindi airport: We can organize a taxi to pick you up from from Mombasa Airport (Moi International), Malindi Airport, and elsewhere. Daytime pick-ups are normally Ksh 4,500 and night-time pick-ups are normally Ksh 5,500. We’ve also started recently organising pick-ups from the Mombasa Terminus of the Standard Gauge Railway; these cost Ksh 5,500. Don’t hesitate to call us if you have any questions or get lost. For taxi bookings, please email us at distantrelativeskilifi@gmail.com.

If you are driving your own vehicle: If you’re driving from Mombasa, we are located about 2km before Kilifi bridge – you’ll see the signs on the road! Follow the signs from there – we are located about 2km down this dirt road.

Call us if you need anything on: +254 702 232323

BY TRAIN

The recently launched Standard gauge Railway has replaced the ‘Lunatic Express’ and its often erratic timetable (to say the least…). It now takes 4 Hours by train from Nairobi to Mombasa, a reduction of 12-16 hours. Train tickets cost KSh 700 (USD 7) for a third class tickets and KSh 3,000 (USD 30) for a first class ticket.

Unfortunately tickets are not available for online booking however you can book tickets over the phone:

  • Dial 0709 388 888
  • Once you get through to a customer care representative, you will be asked to provide your travel details: nature of your trip, the cabin of choice and the number of seats you want to book
  • Once informed of the amount to pay, you will receive an SMS with details of the Mpesa Paybill Number and the payment ID.
  • Once the transaction is complete, you’ll receive an SMS with your ticket information.

BY BUS

Various bus companies make the 8-12 hour Journey all the way from Nairobi to Kilifi. Most take online bookings whereas others allow you to phone in. Try Modern Coast, Dreamline and Buscar!

BY PLANE

Flying to the coast significantly cuts down on travel time. Your trip will be even shorter if you fly to Malindi rather than Mombasa due to traffic – but flights are usually slightly more expensive when flying to Malindi. Shorter even, but more expensive even, you can fly into Vipingo Ridge 5 star Gold Course. Have a quick look online and see what suits your budget! Try Jambo Jet, Fly 540, Safari Link and Kenya Airways.

BY CAR

See above ‘From Kilifi, Mombasa, Malindi’.

If you are flying from abroad, the easiest is to try to fly directly into Mombasa International Airport, only 60km away from us. Alternatively, you can fly to Nairobi and come down by train, bus, plane or road.