Inside Mombasa’s Kuruwitu beach, the holiday home of new Safaricom boss Michael Joseph

Mombasa is known to be home to some of the most exclusive beach destinations, hosting both local and international billionaires.

Kuruwitu beach in Vipingo stands out in those unique addresses. It is said to be one of the best beaches in the world.

Tucked 30km from Mombasa, “Kuruwitu”, the virgin beach, was named after an early morning bird that makes noise at daybreak.

Notable names who have a piece in Kuruwitu

Among those who discovered the exclusiveness and bought a piece of it is Safaricom interim chief executive Michael Joseph and former Nyeri Governor Nderitu Gachagua.

Roads leading to private residences in Kuruwitu and a private beach-front residence.

The Safaricom boss seems to live out his life to the fullest and takes his break to the pristine beaches of Kuruwitu.

Clean beaches of Vipingo – Kuruwitu seafront.

A 5-bedroomed house on 0.6 acres would cost you at least Sh650 million. The price tag puts it head-to-head with some of the world’s priciest properties.

Having been at the top of Safaricom and now chairman of Kenya Airways, Mr Joseph is one of the highest paid corporate titans in Kenya.

Driveway in one of the Kuruwitu residences.

At Kuruwitu, all the signposts to various homes are assigned white names except for two Kenyans. Quite a good number of the foreign occupants are Greeks, who struggle to pronounce the local name.

The best in the world

Kuruwitu is special because there are very few places along the East African coastline that are still relatively undeveloped.

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Kuruwitu is also an access beach for the Vipingo Golf Club owners. The area has no shopping malls and the roads are rough and natural, no tarmac.

The homes are single dwelling, meaning the units are sold in 3-acre plots and every unit cannot have more than one house.

Former Nyeri Governor Nderitu Gachagua’s residence in Kuruwitu – Vipingo.

Full of monkeys

The area is largely forested and the forest is full of monkeys. It is unique in such a way that mammals and birdlife have a direct relationship with the marine life. The trees are all indigenous.

Conserved environment with indigenous trees in Kuruwitu.

The mammals that dwell in the forest have direct access to the beach that shares its shores with the community, as it has been for hundreds of years.

The only thing that disturbs you at the high-end residence is the sound of harmless turtles shuttling away.

Kuruwitu conservation and welfare community-based organization sign.

The area has long sandy beaches, coral reefs, lagoons, ancient indigenous forests, caves, mangrove swamps and ruins over 400 years, making it a key home for the retiring multi-millionaires and billionaires.

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