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[3 days] Mida Creek Village Experience in Kenya Mida Creek, Watamu, Kenya

  • Trip Type: Private (Guided)
  • Group Size: Up to 10
  • Departure Date: Flexible
  • Bookable From: January - December
  • Duration: Weekender (1-3 days)
  • Physical Rating: Easy

Immerse yourself right into the Kenyan culture and beautiful nature with this village experience by the famous Mida Creek. This private experience is perfect for a small group of friends or a family!

A lovely family welcomes you to their community camp, a masterpiece that has come to life – treehouses, swings, and tent platforms built by their own hands. Have the opportunity to head out to the creek, on a wooden canoe or boat, visit islands, learn about the mangroves, swim in the water, and feel the essence of being in the middle of breathtaking nature.

Once back on land, have the opportunity to take a boardwalk through the mangroves, exchanging knowledge with locals. Head back to camp, where we’ll light a campfire and stargaze while sharing stories.

The next day, you are able to visit the village, getting involved with a range of local activities, ranging from climbing coconut trees, building makuti roofs, and cooking classes. Before the day ends, take a boat out on the creek, to experience the sunset over the lined palms while spotting over 50 bird species.

Wake up to a morning swim in the calm waters, sipping coconuts while you take it easy and take time to digest the spectacular last few days!

As this trip is short, it can be a perfect sustainable excursion to add on to your plans if you’re already self-organizing a longer trip to Kenya or Eastern Africa.

Seasonal Notes:
The Kenyan coastal region experiences two distinct seasons: a dry season and a rainy season. This trip is best in the dry season.

The dry season runs from December to March and from July to October. During this time, the weather is sunny, warm, and dry, making it the ideal time for beach activities, cultural tours, and wildlife safaris. With clear skies and calm waters, the dry season is perfect for snorkeling, dhow cruises, and other water activities. For this trip, we suggest the shoulder season (November through February) as the most sustainable time to travel because it promotes tourism dispersal – spreading out tourist arrivals so destinations do not get overwhelmed and resource-constrained. However, since this excursion is off the beaten path and won’t have many tourists, traveling during the high season (June through October) would also be fine.

In the wet season, and especially during the months of May and June, some roads may become impassable and certain areas inaccessible due to flooding.

It’s important to note that temperatures along the coast are consistently warm throughout the year, with average temperatures ranging from 25°C to 30°C (77°F to 86°F).

Related Trip:

[8 days] Kenyan Coast for Ocean Lovers


📋 Itinerary

This itinerary is customizable. Contact Yugen Earthside for more information.

We will have three days to explore this creek and village area. You can pick and choose amongst these activities as you please. Download the detailed itinerary for an example of how you can spend these 3 days.

  • Canoe Rides
  • Swimming
  • Island Walks
  • Boardwalk through mangrove forests
  • Cooking Class
  • Coconut Tree Climbing
  • Makuti Roof Building (makuti is the thatched roof style made from dried vegetation)
  • Sports with Village Children

🌱 Sustainability

This tour promotes tourism dispersal by taking you to lesser-known parts of Kenya. It's reflective of an innovative way of creating new tourism experiences, that are not made for the masses and instead focus on truly connecting with locals. You'll learn about their culture, and the money you spend will be kept fairly in the hands of those on the ground, thereby promoting the local economy in this area around the small coastal village of Watamu.

This trip takes you off the beaten path, meaning your tourism revenue goes farther here in supporting local people. If you want to be seeped in nature, immersed in the culture, and have an eco-friendly vacation, this trip is for you.

This will be slow travel. We will be exploring this creek by canoe or boat, and walking around the mangrove forests and village. The pace will be relaxed so you can soak it all in. Other activities are also local-based which provides opportunities for cultural knowledge transfers.

Our sustainable accommodations include tents in the community camp, which focuses on recovering & re-using rainwater and recycling their waste properly. The camp was made my village locals using natural resources such as dried vegetation, and by visiting you are directly supporting the camp and nearby village.

The camp emphasizes serving local & organic Swahili food (vegetarian food available) - many of the ingredients are homegrown in their gardens.

  • Clear sustainable travel policy
  • Social / Environmental Impact
  • Tourism Dispersal
  • Behavioral Awareness Education
  • Small Group Travel
  • Listen to Community Feedback
  • Conserve Ecosystems/Preserve Biodiversity
  • Participate in Certified Carbon Offsetting
  • Responsible Waste Management
  • Regenerate Natural Resources
  • Local/Organic Food Served
  • Recycle >80% Waste
  • Green Building
  • Fair Wages / Fair Trade
  • Supports Local Businesses
  • Tours Benefit Local Community
  • Connect Travelers to Local Products
  • Engage with Local Communities
  • Stay with Local Communities
  • Act Mindfully of Local Health
  • Provide Authentic Experiences

📌 Location

Use the Google map to orient yourself about where in the world this trip is. The location indicates the starting point for this trip.

The village of Mida Creek is too small for Google, but you can see its location in a zoomed in map included on the detailed itinerary.

🏷️ Pricing

Prices exclude flights to/from the destination.
See the full list of price inclusions and exclusions in the downloadable detailed itinerary.

  • Deposit per person

    40% of the trip price

  • Private tour

    Price per person (excl. flights)

    $ 180

ℹ️ Other Info

If you're ready to book this trip, or if you still have some questions, contact us to let us know!

To reserve your spot on a tour, a 40% deposit will be required. 40 days prior to the trip we need 100% payment.

In case of cancellation on your part, the cancellation fee will be kept as followed:

  • 91 days or more before departure: None
  • 61 – 90 days before departure: 30% of Travel Fee
  • 31 – 60 days before departure: 50% of Travel Fee
  • 0 – 30 days before departure: 100% of Travel Fee

This trip has a variable start date, so you can plan a departure date when it suits you.

Be sure you have traveler's insurance.

Please be fully vaccinated and boosted before traveling. You may also need proof of a negative Covid test before arrival to the country. Keep a mask and hand sanitizer with you at all times.

Q: What does the Physical Rating of "Easy" mean?
A: It means that no special physical preparation is required.

This three-day experience can be perfect to add to a longer trip to Kenya or East Africa, either at the beginning or end of your trip. For example, chout our related trip along the Kenyan Coast.

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