Every so often, it’s important to just get away from everything and give oneself a chance to reboot. I’ve been feeling that way since the beginning of the year, not having traveled or gotten away from my usual routine in Nairobi. It was time for a girls weekend!! Woop Woop!
We were a group of 5 ladies, in need of some sun and sand. Distant Relatives Backpackers has a pretty strong reputation in Kenya as one of the best, if not the best, backpackers we have. So off we were…ROAD TRIP!!!
Anyone who knows me knows that I like to play mother hen, so I volunteered to get snacks, make sandwiches, bake cupcakes and make sure we have enough drinking water. We left Nairobi at about 4:30 am and were in Kilifi by about noon.
Shout out to my woman crush of the year (or decade), Maria, who drove a manual vehicle all the way there and back…none of us helped (On purpose of course, as some of us, namely me, would have helped us into all the ditches and trenches nearby). The journey itself isn’t half bad if you have good company, as we did 😉 There are places you can stop along the way, we wanted to reach asap so stopped once for about 10 minutes on the side of the road, and once in Voi for coffee and potty.
From the moment we arrived at Distant Relatives, the holiday mood took over. What I didn’t know before we arrived was that it is also an ecolodge, the rooms are evidence of their green practices.
The toilet/bathroom area was my favorite part of the room. The whole indoor/outdoor theme going on was rather lovely.
The toilet has special instructions for use, its not a very clear photo, but the instructions tell you where to pee and where to poop and how to handle that situation with sawdust. Surprisingly (at least for me) the use of sawdust completely covers the potty smell.
After settling into the room, it was time to explore….first indoors..
Some of the activities available-
They asked around who was interested…luckily the turnout was pretty good. I am a BIG volleyball enthusiast, so this was a big pull factor for me.
We spent soooooooo much time in the pool..
The beach is about a 3 minute walk from the backpackers, I would call it a semi-private beach as it isn’t too busy, but there are still other people there.
There is also a public beach about 10 minutes drive from Distant Relatives. We checked that out but the beach is much fuller and there is sooooooo much seaweed. But still pretty and a nice place to relax for a while.
Ha ha, as if anyone would doubt that I would talk about food somewhere 🙂
Firstly, the food at Distant relatives is not particularly cheap or what I would consider backpacker friendly. For example, rice and beans is sold for 400/= ksh. On the other hand, Friday is Pizza night, and Pizzas go for 600. I finished my WHOLE pizza 😉
In case you are looking for a getaway but are intimidated by overpriced vacations (As I am), Distant relatives backpackers is definitely an option. Accommodation is affordable and on top of the bandas, they have dorms as well as camping facilities. As for food, we also got some biriani from nearby, because of course a visit to the coast is not complete without biriani.
What an amazing girls only weekend! By all means, don’t take my word for it, visit 😉
their website- http://www.kilifibackpackers.com/