Pumzika Tu is a comfortable colonial-style home set on a 1,200' high ridge in Kenya's beautiful Shimba Hills. The house is fully staffed with a master chef, housekeeper, gardener and two night watchmen and it is your home for the duration of your stay. The house is between the Shimba Hills Game Park and the Mwaluganje Elephant Sanctuary and has spectacular views over an unspoilt Africa. The Indian Ocean and the international resort of Diani Beach with its supermarkets, night-clubs and beach hotels is just half-an-hour's drive on a tarmac road.
The house is fully equipped with with high-speed Internet, comfortable bedrooms, barbecue and swimming pool and the staff are well trained, discreet and friendly. PumzikaTu is the perfect place to make a base for an family holiday, to entertain friends, colleagues, do some work or simply chill out. There is a safari-equipped Landrover and driver available for your exclusive use and a commercially piloted Cessna 182 available to fly you to Nairobi or other game parks right from your private strip adjacent to the house. The Landrover and driver is charged extra by the day and the aircraft and pilot extra by the flight hour.
Three front-facing double bedrooms all with balconies, fans and mosquito nets. The master bedroom has a seating space and a bathroom with double wash-basins, shower and bath; the second bedroom shares a bathroom with the third, joined by a dressing room and a child cot. All the rooms have desks and Internet.
There is a large internal sitting area with a dining table for six, a fireplace, a piano with sofas and arm-chairs. A fourth bedroom with ensuite shower, toilet and wash-hand basin can either be used as a bedroom with a queen-sized bed or - optionally - as a study when it will contain a 6' wide 'partner' desk providing two workstations with two screens each where you can connect your own laptops. There is good internet throughout and it is free. Just to the side of the sitting room is an internal garden with a display of flowering scrubs providing a home for three tame tortoises. Adjacent to the garden there is a private bar with a small bar-fridge and basin.
Eating breakfast above the clouds is another unique Pumzika Tu experience. There are a number of places to sit and enjoy the view. One of my favorites is this small round table set on its own balcony near the pool. If you are on your own you can have breakfast here and at often the whole valley will be filled with cloud making in the early morning providing a very special breakfast location.
My husband and I made this video to tell you more about the house, introduce you to the staff and show you around.
There is something nice about enjoying a cocktail in your own bar which is equipped with a fridge, ice-maker, sink and a small counter for mixing coctails as well as a selection of spirits that you are welcome to share. If you should finish a bottle then you may like to replace it for future guests and this is probably why there are so many near empty bottles on the shelf!
We absolutely loved our stay. We had booked a few days stay after a weeklong safari in Masai Mara to rest and recharge. What a beautiful, beautiful place. Lynn was amazing in helping get everything set up and suggesting fun things to do in Kwale and also in Mombasa. However, the house is just so stunning, and the cook Chef is world class, so we ended up resting and recharging. The house overlooks the nature reserve and we were able to see elephants, we were also visited by monkeys and bush babies. The pool was lovely as well, we mostly just sat in the patio and enjoyed the amazing panoramic views. What an experience! We were treated as family, everything was taken care of and true to its name, we were able to "just rest" - "pumzika-tu". Overall, it was an absolutely wonderful experience and we can not wait to go back.
Lynn and her husband were very welcoming. Lynn picked us up from the airport and took us to the shops to buy groceries before taking us to the house, offering us a welcome drink and showing us round. The view from the house is breathtaking and the house has been beautifully done up. The staff are excellent, particularly the cook. It would be a great location for a family holiday with older kids, but you would need to keep constant watch over little ones (pool, cliffs).
We had a wonderful stay and would highly recommend coming to stay at Pumzika Tu. We will be back! The views are exceptional and it was perfect for a relaxing few days. We wished we could have stayed longer. Lynn really did a super job at making us feel at home and making sure we had everything we needed and more. A big shout out to the fabulous Mr Chief, who ensured we ate like kings. It was all brilliant, thank you!
Pumzika tu was exactly what the name suggests - relax only. Absolutely beautiful house and view, elephants roaming below, chef cooking fantastic meals, kids swimming in the pool. An amazing getaway. Bring a set of binoculars (there are some at the house, but more is helpful for elephant watching), and a light jacket - it can get cool at night even close to the coast. Dinner on the porch watching the sunset over Kilimanjaro is delightful.
We (my husband and my two adult daughters) have stayed at this house for 4 days to finish our 2-week-safari-holiday in Kenya. To relax a bit we decided to rent a private house close to the beach. It was a good choice to stay up in the Shimba Hills – the landscape is beautiful, the climate pleasant and still close to Diani Beach with all the shopping facilities and of course the wonderful beach. The house is very nice – something really special! The highlight definitely was the terrace with this fantastic panoramic view and its sunsets but also the pool and fireplace with bbq. The staff was very very nice! We miss John (the most joyful cook we have ever met) who was preparing us delicious breakfast and dinner every day. Also Matano and Said (the two guards/waiters) were very kind and took care of us very well. Lynn asked us if it was ok to leave the two dogs around the house during our stay. These two are so cute and made us laugh so many times – we felt like home (we also have a dog)! Thank you Lynn, John, Matano and Said – I am sure we will come back when we are in Kenya for the next time.Read More Reviews
Pumzika Tu is Swahili for 'Have a rest' and that is what the house endeavours to provide its guests. The pool - with its spectacular view over the African bush toward Kilimanjaro - is a great place to chill out after a busy day in the flesh-pots of the international beach resort of Diani
The living area has a large seating area and a balcony to read and enjoy the changing clouds and shadows of our wrap around view, and occasionally herds of elephants are seen in the valley below the balcony where there is a hammock to laze in, and a dining table which seats 8 and can be extended to seat 12.
A great room with a 7' bed with mosquito net and a seating area, ceiling fan and wifi. Individual reading spots and bedside lights. torches, tissues and bottled water. The ensuite bathroom has a shower, bath and a double wash-basin. Towles, tToiletries, shower gel, Dove soap, Argen oil based shampoo, conditioner and body lotion are provided.
It is a place of beauty, privacy and tranquility and comfort. The staff are friendly and discreet and we lend you our Master Chef. It is perfect for a honeymoon, families, people running their businesses on the internet, musical groups, writing groups, painting groups and even for groups who just want to party, or for Company bonding or think-tanking.
MES is an example of ecotourism, as well as community-based-conservation efforts, both of which are very recent trends in conservation management. In this community-based program, the local people have leased their privately owned property to a community-based trust. The trust manages the sanctuary for the conservation and preservation of the elephants.
We are happy to answer all your open questions in a personal conversation. Call us at: (+254) 705 366 169 or send an email to email@example.com