Kilifi New Year is a boutique African electronic, alternative and dub-reggae music festival held under the stars and in the shade of a thousand year old Baobabs in Kilifi town on the coast of Kenya from 30th December 2019 to 2nd January 2020.
This event began 7 years ago and was originally hosted at Distant Relatives Ecolodge and Backpackers in Kilifi. In 2018 Kilifi New Year took on its’ own entity, separating from its host Distant Relatives and taking on a new, 25acre site at the top of Takaungu Creek. The original festival had outgrown its venue and was disturbing the peace a little!
Now we have no neighbours and are capable of hosting 5,000+ should it come to it.
To welcome in 2019 we had around 2,500 people gathered Beneath the Baobabs for our proudest moment yet.
Combining African culture with international artists and sound and lighting equipment, we set a precedent for how we hope to continue. Our vision going forward is to jump on board with the burgeoning East African music scene and reach for the limits in terms of event production.
In October 2018 Beneath the Baobabs hosted the annual Sandbox Summit. Sandbox are a worldwide community that gather once a year to discuss and put into action ideas surrounding the current world. They use the culture and history of the area they are gathered in to inspire new conversations.
When they came to Kilifi the theme was ‘The age of Anthropocene’. They picked Kenya for its’ ancient ties to the first humans. They chose our venue because it hasn’t changed as much as most of the country has in the past millennia.
We were more than happy to welcome their group of 200 and made many friends, came up with many plans and have implemented a few ideas as a result.
We hosted them on site for 5 days. They used the days well and did what they came here to do. In the evenings the bar opened and the music blared and enjoyment came to the forefront. We capped off the 5 days with a full on, festival grade party on their last night and although there were some sleepy heads getting on the road the next morning, it was a fitting celebration of time well spent.
They were catered for extremely well by our foody partners Maghreb and The Food Movement. Luxury tents with toilets and showers were supplied seamlessly by Tarpo – the same company that runs the Glamping for our New Year Festival.
Keep an ear to the ground for Sandboxers around the world and if you find any, ask them to tell you about their time in Kilifi!
Weddings at Beneath The Boababs
Magical beginnings start at our little haven. Your wedding day has to be memorable and our well equipped team will orchestrate your special day the way you have envisioned it, starting from its conceptualization and planning. Our job is pretty simple. To work on your wishlist round the clock to make your dream a reality.
We are known for planning beautiful one-of-a-kind destination weddings and memorable ceremonies. Charm your guests with endless views of the Kilifi takaungu creek & shade them under the green canopies from our 1000 year old baobabs! From actual events planning to third party supplier coordination, we are the team that takes initiative to ensure your day takes off without a hitch, and see to it that your guests are well taken care of!