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From Malindi, drive North on the Lamu Road. After about 20 minutes you will cross the Sabaki Bridge. From there continue on the Lamu Road until you see a sign for Che Shale that indicates a right turn onto a dirt road. Drive on that road for about 3 kms, and you will see another sign for Che Shale that indicates a right turn on a sand track. Follow the power lines up the hill; this is an easy sand track we’ve laid with coconut husks so you will have no problem driving on it. Simply follow the sand track and the next Che Shale signs for another 3 kms and you will arrive at Che Shale Hotel.

Call or text us at +254 722 230 931 for help with directions or if you need us to arrange a taxi for you.

Contact us

Che Shale | P.O. Box 2082, 80200 Malindi, KENYA.

Tel: +254 722 230 931



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Frequently Asked Questions

How do you get to Che Shale?

The closest airport to us is Malindi Airport, just 45 minutes drive away, with frequent daily flights from Nairobi. Safari companies can organise private flights into Malindi from most safari parks. Many of the international flights fly to Mombasa Airport, which is a 3 1/2 hours drive. We can organise pick up from both locations.


When is the best time to visit?

This is very dependent on what you wish to do! We have two main seasons here in Kenya, the Kusi and the Kaskazi.

The Kusi (June-November) is typically wetter, with strong southeasterly winds and cooler temperatures (averaging around 26-28°C) We expect brief rain showers, rougher waters as well as sediment from the Galana river in the south. This makes it unsuitable for snorkelling.

The Kaskazi (December-April) is our dry season, with warm northeasterly wind, calmer seas and clear water visibility (temperatures averaging around 28-30°C).

During the months of May and June we close the hotel for our annual renovations. 


For kitesurfers the best time is either July-September or Mid December-April, when the seasons winds are at their strongest.. The Deep Sea Fishing season runs through end of July through till April and the fishing is particularly good off us in November. 

What travel documents are needed for Kenya?

As of January 1st 2024, all visitors must obtain a Kenya electronic travel authorisation (eTA). Visitors can apply for the eTA via and pay a processing fee of USD $30. The eTA applications for Kenya should be submitted at least 3 days prior to travel to ensure adequate time for authorisation, however, travellers can submit their applications as early as 3 months prior to travel.

Is Malaria an issue at Che Shale?

The Kenyan coast is an endemic area for malaria, meaning that there is a consistent risk of contracting the disease throughout the year. However, due to our remote location, the likelihood of contracting malaria is relatively low. By taking appropriate prophylactic measures and using insect repellents wisely, the risk of contracting malaria is minimal.

Is there air conditioning in the Bandas?

Air conditioning is not available in any of the Bandas. Instead, the rooms are designed to allow natural airflow to keep them cool, with no glass obstructing the movement of air. Additionally, each room is equipped with a fan to enhance the circulation of air.

Is there a swimming pool at Che Shale?

Although we do not have a swimming pool at Che Shale, our beach is protected by a reef, ensuring a high level of safety for swimmers. The beach is free of strong currents, sea urchins, and rocks, which eliminates any safety concerns.

If I am not staying at the hotel, can I still come for lunch?

We are open to a limited number of outside clients per day so therefore booking is essential. Please call the office on +254 722 230 931 for reservations. 

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