Distant Relatives is located in Kenya in the beautiful ancient coastal town of Kilifi (midway between Mombasa and Malindi). More specifically it is squeezed between the village of Fumbini, a community-owned forest, and the beautiful emerald-blue Kilifi Creek.
The project began in 2010 when, as travellers ourselves, we happened upon Kilifi and were immediately struck by its peace, beauty and relative simplicity of life. The people were welcoming and friendly, the village and town center were unintimidating and one could make friends very quickly. The natural beauty and biodiversity of the local environment was simply breathtaking. Naturally, we loved Kilifi and left begrudgingly. Since then, and after several further visits, we decided to make it our home.

We are pleased that Distant Relatives has already become a central meeting point for all the backpackers visiting Kenya’s coast, as well as for those with an interest in alternative and more sustainable and conscious living lifestyles.

Key Stats.

Year founded


Size of project site

1.13 hectares

Languages spoken

  • English
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Swahili
  • Giriama
  • Luo
  • Kikuyu

People on site

20 - 150

Dry season

December to April

Wet season

May to June

Living Conditions.


  • tent camping
  • shared rooms
  • private room

Omnivore Food

  • communal kitchen access
  • over 80% locally sourced
  • restaurant on site


  • fast: streaming video

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