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Description: Vacation exchange details for Takaungu House in Takaungu, Kenya
An outstanding colonial home on a secluded beach on the Indian Ocean. We call it 'a smidge of heaven'
Takaungu House is the original dwelling house built many years ago by the Arab trader who originally had this little smidge of heaven as his summer beach house. The houses are perched on a bluff overlooking the sea and the long white beach. The walls are thick limestone or coral rag and the sea breezes keep it cool (however, all bedrooms have standing fans).
The beach is a haven of peace and provides excellent swimming depending on the state of tide. There can be quite strong currents at high tide but low tide leaves pools and wallows, especially at the southern end of the beach where the 'cool pool' provides respite for the serious sunbather and the ultimate children's pool!
Snorkelling is great just off the reef at low tide (choose your times around an hour each side of low tide). There are masks, snorkels and fins available.
Green turtles feed inshore just off beach at high tide in front of the houses. We operate a 'turtle watch' system with the local fishermen to try and protect them on this, nesting, beach.
Diving can be arranged through a local operator. The local reefs are good and Vuma caves to the south of Takaungu can be very dramatic and are rated as one of the finest dives on the coast. There are caves and blowholes, with deep water just a few yards from the cliffs, frequented by grouper and snapper, giant Napoleon wrasse and visiting pelagic.
The nearby Vipingo Ridge 18 hole Golf Course is a must for serious golfers, with other activities also available at the resort (including horse riding).
Kenya is famous for its wildlife and game parks. Takaungu House makes a wonderful point at which to start or end a Safari.
Optional car hire, as well as safari advice and bookings, are available through the owner at an additional fee.
- Big Game Fishing