7 Days Beginner Kitesurfing Surf Camp in Kenya

  • Che Shale, 80200 Malindi, Malindi Bay, Kilifi County, Kenya

Uncrowded Surf Camp Kenya

With an average of 300 days of wind per year, and an average of 16 knots, Che Shale has the best conditions for your kitesurfing courses. Che Shale offers a one-of-a-kind combination of chilled and stylish location, huge and uncrowded beach, reliable wind, and a variety of kiting conditions from flat lagoon to serious wave riding. Experience the adrenaline of world-class kiting conditions for your unforgettable trip!

Highlights

  • Beginner courses
  • Top wind conditions
  • Theory and safety program
  • Uncrowded spot for your surfing
  • Daily breakfast and dinner
  • 6 nights’ lodging
  • 6 days with instruction
  • English
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Che Shale’s style is very unique. The bandas and restaurant are built with renewable local materials such as Casaruina trees, palm trees, doum palms, coconut fiber, mango wood, and other local woods. You will not find any plastic or any signs of a modern complicated life at Che Shale.

Furniture, fittings, and accessories have been carefully crafted and designed to give Che Shale’s natural setting a slightly contemporary feel. During this surf camp, you will stay either in Che Shale or Kajama room.

Che Shale

What makes Che Shale so unique is its style. Che Shale has been styled by acclaimed Milan furniture and interior designer Marzia Chicherretti. Marzia’s style has been described as tropical contemporary. Her furniture is handmade in Kenya using homegrown materials and locally-trained talent.

Under the large palm thatched roofs, oversized cushions, and comfortable daybeds invite to relaxation. In your room, you will find unique furniture carved out of blocks of mango and cedar wood, soft natural colors, large lamps made out of palm fiber, private verandas with daybeds, open sky outdoor shower, and a constant ocean breeze that flows throughout.

Kajama

For budget conscious customers or those interested in a long stay with Che Shale, the Kajama bandas have been entirely rebuilt in 2011. You will find them more comfortable and better appointed, with even solar power.

Each Kajama banda is built on stilts and tucked in the doum palms. In your banda, you will find one double bed with a mosquito net, a mirror, a large lockable box, and a covered veranda with a table and two chairs.

Kajama customers are steps away from the beach. Showers, sink area, and toilets are shared with the other Kajama guests and are located behind the bandas. You will enjoy the same facilities and lounging areas as Che Shale clients, as well as take your meals in the main restaurant.

This surf camp will take place at Che Shale tucked away in lush vegetation. The location is very secluded and they are the only property situated on a beautiful bay that stretches 5 kilometers.

Che Shale is also known for being the first and best kitesurf spot in East Africa. The kitesurf spot is well-known and kite surfers from around the world come to enjoy top conditions, uncrowded water.

Nearby places

  • Malindi - 30 minutes by car

Che Shale Restaurant is known on the Kenya coast for his fresh seafood, grilled meats, homemade pasta dishes, tropical fruit platters, fresh-baked bread in safari style tin trunk, and other home-made specialties like seaweed in batter (picked up fresh from the beach), and spicy chili jam.

You will find some of the following dishes on the menu: Zanzibar style calamari, grilled mixed seafood platter, crab and coconut soup, grilled lobsters, fresh catch of the day ceviche, various meat and seafood stir-fries, penne crab, spaghetti vongole, greek salad, passion fruit cream, coconut pudding, and many more.

You will stay with half board basis during your surf camp. Breakfast includes a selection of fruits, toasts, eggs, bacon, yogurt, cereals, and pancakes. Che Shale also offers a light snack menu with a selection of sandwiches for quick afternoon bites.

  • Bush safaris
  • Deep-sea fishing
  • Dhow sailing and snorkeling trips
  • Scuba diving
  • Snorkeling
  • Stand up paddle boarding
  • Surfing

Che Shale’s massage banda is a heaven of relaxation. Indulge in reasonably priced massages starting at 950 KES. They use sesame seed oil, which is produced in Kenya. It has a light scent and is not too oily.

  • 6 nights’ accommodation
  • Daily breakfast and dinner
  • Full beginner kitesurfing courses (8 to 10 hours)

Arrival by airplane

Daily flights (one hour duration) run from Nairobi to Malindi with Kenya Airways (www.kenya-airways.com), Air Kenya (www.airkenya.com), and Fly540 (www.fly540.com).

Testimonials

  • Review by Blidget from Nairobi, Kenya
    9 out of 10

    "Having lived in Kenya for 10 years, I'm furious that I hadn't discovered Che Shale sooner! What an absolute gem. Tucked far away from the touristy package-deal hangouts (but only a short drive from Malindi airport), it is the most fabulous place to get away from it all and relax in peace. I went with my 2 small children and have never stayed in such a child-friendly place, not a slippery floor, sharp edge, or swimming pool in sight! There is just a vast empty beach with a gently sloping sea. I could sit on a sunbed and watch the children play for hours. I cannot recommend the place more. From the ease of booking and communications with Isabelle to the friendly staff, delicious food, and chilled vibe, it's my new favorite place in Kenya!"

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  • Review by Jack F.
    9 out of 10

    "Stayed at this lazy relaxing hideout for 4 days and couldn't recommend it more. It has beautifully run, exceptional staff, super friendly owners, immaculate beach, rustic escape with the added fun of kitesurfing thrown in. Only advice would be to give the kitesurfing a go if you come here for more than three days. This is expensive, but worth it. I’m looking forward to returning again with a bigger group. Thanks again for a heavenly stay."

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  • Review by Blidget from Kenya
    9 out of 10

    "Having lived in Kenya for 10 years I'm FURIOUS that I hadn't discovered Che Shale sooner! What an absolute gem. Tucked far away from the touristy package-deal hangouts (but only a short drive from Malindi airport) it is the most fabulous place to get away from it all and relax in peace. I went with my 2 small children and have never stayed in such a child-friendly place - not a slippery floor, sharp edge, or swimming pool in sight! Just a vast empty beach with a gently sloping sea. I could sit on a sunbed and watch the children play for hours (but of course they didn't let me do that!). I cannot recommend the place more...from the ease of booking & communications with Isabelle to the friendly staff, delicious food and chilled vibe, it's my new favourite place in Kenya!"

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  • Review by David I. from London, England
    10 out of 10

    "There are not enough superlatives to describe this amazing place. Owned and run by the warm and welcoming Justin and Isabelle, it is quite simply a perfect place to escape and chill on a pristine, white sanded and secluded beach. And yet it is only 40 minutes from Malindi airport. The Bandas are beautifully done and extremely comfortable. The food is delicious and the entire place exudes an air of calm and relaxation. The attention to detail which Justin and Isabelle have given to absolutely every aspect of the retreat is phenomenal. The Bandas are just a few meters from the beach which is completely unspoiled and stretches for many kilometers. There is even an excellent kitesurfing school and the conditions for kitesurfing could not be more perfect with flat shallow water and no other kiters around. It is hard to imagine a more perfect place to stay."

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  • Review by Henrietta and David from London, England
    9 out of 10

    "We loved our stay in this gorgeous hidden away retreat right on the beautiful Kenyan coast! Setting, service, staff all were top notch. Delicious food and very welcoming hosts! We will definitely come back and also take advantage of the ideal conditions for kite surfing. Henrietta and Davd"

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Malindi, Kenya

Che Shale is a small beach hotel, perfect for the art of lounging on the beach or finding your passion with activities ranging from deep-sea fishing to the best kitesurfing in East Africa.

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