Our Story

About us

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Our story begins a long time ago

Kendwa Rocks started off in 1996 as campsite and bandas, palm leaf huts. Most people came with their own tents on a boat from Nungwi village.. There was no road, no electricity, no running water. Lanterns for light, car battery for music, ice brought from Nungwi to fill the cool boxes with cold drinks… Water was brought from Nungwi in containers and carried across our vast sandy beach to fill the drums in the  kitchen and bath. The central space of the hotel was used as a football ground by the villagers every evening.

By 2000 KR had 10 bandas and 6 small bungalows that were named after the Southern African countries: Angola, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Mozambique. We had lights and fans running on generator and water running from the tank, filled either from the unreliable pipeline on the main road, or by water trucks.

At times we were hosting up to 60 persons with these facilities.Kendwa Rocks was steadily growing and the Kendwa Nungwi area around it. Kendwa Rocks being the first hotel on the Kendwa Beach then became the only organically grown hotel on a long stretch of beach now mostly occupied by big company  owned hotels. 



Palmleaf huts

Palmleaf huts, rope beds and hurricane cumps for light was the standard of the days.

KR 1998
LANDROVER
2000

The road was passable only with a Landrover, which became a symbol of the old KR and is remembered with much affection.

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The 1st restaurant

The small restaurant also served as a reception in the first years 1996-1998.

1997
The 1st kitchen

The 1st kitchen was modest and  depended on the day’s catch, but the food was delicious.
The 2nd restaurant and kitchen were built in 1999 on the beach next to the first bar of Kendwa, that was built the previous year. After this we built a new restaurant that served from 2004-2015, when a fire destroyed it completely and the present restaurant was built in its place.

1999
Panorama

The wooden bungalows and History rooms are ready. Later these wooden bungalows were replaced by the luxury pool bungalows.

2008
Full moon party

Palmleaf huts, rope beds and hurricane cumps for light was the standard of the days.

KR 1998
Full moon party

The road was passable only with a Landrover, which became a symbol of the old KR and is remembered with much affection.

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Full moon party

The small restaurant also served as a reception in the first years 1996-1998.

1997
Full moon party

The wooden bungalows and History rooms are ready. Later these wooden bungalows were replaced by the luxury pool bungalows.

2008