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Distant Relatives is located in Kenya in the beautiful ancient coastal town of Kilifi (midway between Mombasa and Malindi). More specifically it is squeezed between the village of Fumbini, a community-owned forest, and the beautiful emerald-blue Kilifi Creek.


The project began in 2010 when, as travellers ourselves, we happened upon Kilifi and were immediately struck by its peace, beauty and relative simplicity of life. The people were welcoming and friendly, the village and town center were unintimidating and one could make friends very quickly. The natural beauty and biodiversity of the local environment was simply breathtaking. Naturally, we loved Kilifi and left begrudgingly. Since then, and after several further visits, we decided to make it our home.

The name ‘Distant Relatives’ sums up the central principle and aim of our project: to bring people together from all around the world to learn and share with one another and build lasting, positive relationships based on an understanding and appreciation of community and sustainability – at the end of the day, we are all Distant Relatives!


We are pleased that Distant Relatives has already become a central meeting point for all the backpackers visiting Kenya’s coast, as well as for those with an interest in alternative and more sustainable and conscious living lifestyles. Feel free to browse the rest of our website or email us if you have any questions!




Together with a group of friends Tom and Romain travelled from Ethiopia down to Cape Town and fell in love with Kilifi on the way, and decided to come back and set up this little paradise! Tom is originally from Zimbabwe, lived many years in South Africa and also in Australia where he completed an MSc in Community Development. Romain is from France, lived some years in the US, Ireland, South Africa and Australia where he completed an MSc in Marine Biology and Natural Resource Management. Distant Relatives is 100% owner-managed.

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