How to get to Vipingo
STEP 1: Getting from Nairobi to Mombasa
Driving from Nairobi to Mombasa takes about 8 hours. The road surface is good but the many large freight lorries on the road can make for quite a frustrating and often long drive. There are a number of places to stop en-route to fill up with petrol and to get a snack. Mitito Ande is the half-way point, and Voi and Hunters Lodge also offer refreshment and loos of varying quality either side of the half way point.
Travel Tip: Don’t forget to take your own loo paper and baby wipes as the loos in most of the petrol stations are not very clean. Buy delicious oranges and tangerines at Voi. The Mandazis (local doughnuts) sold in the café at Voi are excellent. Stop off en-route for a night in Tsavo or Taita Hills to break up the journey, for instance you could stay in Tsavo East on the way down and in the West on your return trip.
Car Hire. Viva Vipingo Ltd can arrange car hire for you whether you are arriving at Nairobi Airport or in Mombasa. Do book well in advance to get the best deals!
Rail is the nostalgic way to travel and for fans of the film Out of Africa a journey that should not be missed. Sadly, however the trains are fairly old and need modernisation. But, travelling overnight by train is great fun and it is definitely a train trip that should be made at least once. Meals, dinner and breakfast, are served in the dining car and bedding is provided.
Travel Tip: Carry plenty of drinking water and some extra food, fruit and snacks with you as the train is often delayed and you will be very glad of the refreshments. Take your own soap, loo paper and baby wipes.
Air-travel is the easiest and fastest way to get to the Coast as the flight only takes an hour between Mombasa and Nairobi. Kenya Airways and Fly 540 domestic flights both leave from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi and Air Kenya leaves from the much smaller Wilson Airport. Choose to fly to Malindi Airport or Moi International Airport in Mombasa, depending on your final destination.
Those travelling by Private Airplane may land at Kijipwa Airfield or on the private strip in Kilifi.
STEP 2: Getting from Mombasa to Vipingo
If travelling from Mombasa. Take the Mombasa Malindi Road heading North to Malindi. Drive through Mtwapa and Kanami (bumps in the road). Pass a right hand turning to Sun and Sand Hotel. As you approach Vipingo you will see the sisal growing on the left hand side of the road. Pass Kijipwa Airfield on your Right and Kijipwa Police Station on the left.
Take next turning to right signed to Vipingo Beach Properties and Staff Houses. Sign in with the Askaris at the barrier at the bottom of the road. Carry on down that road and through another black gate. You have now entered the Vipingo Beach Properties Estate and your house will be signed posted.
To Kuruwitu – from Mombasa
Same as first paragraph above but do not turn into the Vipingo Beach Properties road but continue along the main tarmac road. Pass REA Vipingo Main Office on your left and go past Vipingo Village and the Cross Roads Academy on your right. After about another 2kms you will see a turning on the right with lots of sign boards and a plant and tree nursery. Go down that road and follow the road down, through the forest and down to the houses on the sea-front. Your houses will be signed posted.
Located just south of the equator, the weather in Mombasa and along the Kenya Coast is fairly predictable throughout the year and generally speaking the weather is hot and humid. February and March are the warmest months and the weather can become extremely hot with temps rising to 33C most days. Nights too are pretty warm during the hot season and air conditioning or a fan in your bedroom is a must.
The main rainy season is from May to July and the short rains are generally in October and November. During the rainy seasons it can rain very hard in a very short space of time. However it very rarely rains all day and the outside temperatures remain warm even in the rain.
The Kusi, the southern monsoon wind blows from the south, during April – August and it can be extremely strong, making for rough seas and sometimes grey days. The Kaskazi, the northern monsoon wind blows from late November to March is more gentle but still deliver much needed cooling breeze.