Rising between a pristine mangrove forest and the pacific Takwa Creek, Tranquillity Camp features two eco-friendly stilt cottages with panoramic views of the exotic landscape on Manda Island, Lamu. Each of the newly built cottages (2014) has a private eco-toilet.

The camp also includes a two-bedroom house with a terrace overlooking the stream and the forest.

Tranquillity Camp is surrounded by a 2.5-acre garden full of acacia trees, and has an open-space gazebo next to the creek. It is a quiet and serene place, ideal for relaxation and meditation.

From your own private sun decks, you can admire many natural wonders: the water levels that rise and fall throughout the day, the traditional boats that sail along the stream, many species of birds, the African sunset just across the camp and the starlit sky at night.

You can easily reach the eco-camp by land with a moto taxi from the nearby Lamu Airport, or by water with boats. We can organize transport to the beautiful beaches of Manda and Shela upon request.


  • Views: garden, forest, creek 
  • Wi-Fi internet
  • Smoking allowed 
  • Pet friendly
  • Breakfast 
  • Garden with hammock and gazebo
  • Board games
  • Washer
  • Safe

Stilt cottage

  • One bedroom (sleeps 2)
  • Sun deck
  • Outdoor showers
  • Private eco-toilet (long drop)
  • 2 shared flush toilets are also available


  • Two bedrooms 
  • One bathroom
  • Kitchen
  • Living room/Veranda
  • Terrace and garden


Cottage - double occupancy: 37 US dollars per night

Extras - half board 10 US dollars per person / full board 20 US dollars per person

House - for rates, please contact us

Takwa Ruins (a Kenyan National Monument) are just around the creek corner from Tranquillity Camp. There you can admire what was once a Swahili settlement (XVI-XVIII centuries), including the Great Mosque and the Pillar Tomb.

Nearby, Manda Town boasts impressive sea walls built around the X century from large coral blocks. On the neighboring island, Lamu Town contains many fine examples of Swahili architecture and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Did you know? Since there are no cars on Lamu and Manda Islands, transportation is done with the help of donkeys. Elisabeth Svendsen, a British animal welfare advocate, opened the Donkey Sanctuary in 1987, to provide free treatments to all donkeys!

Lamu is home to different religious and cultural events. The Maulidi Festival (held in January or February) celebrates Mohammed's birth. It involves donkey races, regattas and swimming competitions. In late August, Lamu Cultural Carnival features traditional dancing, crafts and dhow races. If you travel around March/April, don’t miss the Donkey Awards that reward the finest animals!

Tranquility Camp is immersed in the lush vegetation of the Lamu Archipelago, set within a protected mangrove forest. The site is ideal for contemplating nature and its wonders, including different bird species and the tides of Takwa Creek.

In and around Tranquillity Camp you can enjoy tons of fun activities:

  • Kayaking 
  • Fishing
  • Lobster diving
  • Sailing
  • Snorkeling
  • Bird watching
  • Star gazing 
  • Hiking
  • Sun bathing at Manda and Shela Beaches
  • Visits to the Ruins of Takwa