Delta Dunes Lodge
Eco-friendly cabins to savour Kenya's wildest wetland
Delta Dunes Lodge
The Tana River Delta in Kenya is the only wetland of its kind in Eastern Africa. Crocodile, hippo, and more than 400 fluttering species of bird call it home. Perched on a sand dune, the Delta Dunes Lodge is the ultimate gateway for exploring, and relaxing beside, this jewel of Africa. The lodge is shaded by local Doum palm trees and while it overlooks the magnificent delta to the one side, it overlooks a 50km stretch of deserted beach to the other. This wild setting is impossible to manufacturing, yet it's the hospitality that makes the lodge unforgettable.
At the lodge
The thatched main area is built from natural materials. The tables are seldom symmetrical, but the reclaimed wood guarantees sturdiness. Signature glassware is hand blown by the Kitengela Studio in Nairobi. The communal pool is for relaxing, while the open-sided bar is for sharing stories. The top lounge is literally found at the dune's peak and is clad with comfortable loungers and daybeds. Dinner is at tables scattered beside the river and linked to the lodge with a lantern-lit trail.
Each of the seven open-fronted cottages is built from driftwood and cooled by the ocean breeze. A private deck allow you to have the view to yourself. There is as little intrusion into nature as possible. A massive Swahili bed, draped with mosquito netting, dominates the room and even the shower has an uninterrupted view. This castaway style is further articulated with shells and pieces of traditional dhow fishing boats. The family cottage has two connected rooms with separate bathrooms.
Its location allows the lodge to offer an array of activities. Sand yacht racing is fun for the entire family while kayaking to explore the creeks in the delta is more relaxed. Sunset river cruises are contrasted by adrenaline-fueled wake boarding. The clean Indian Ocean invites everyone to snorkel or to try their hand at surfing. A guided walking safari teaches more about the delta and its conservation efforts.