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KilifiLonga 2018 - Wed 30 May to Sun 3 June 2018

Tango Festival in Kilifi, Kenya, Wed-30-May to Sun-3-Jun 2018

Tango on the Indian Ocean coast of Kenya!

KilifiLonga 2018, from Wednesday 30 May to Sunday 3 June 2018 — 4 tango nights in the coastal town and creek of Kilifi in Kenya, hosted by Distant Relatives Eco-Lodge and Backpackers! Dance under the big sky of Africa, along the Indian Ocean, basked in a warm see breeze, to the sound of great traditional tango music, a Milonga every evening caressed by the ocean breeze, in Baires style, with a different DJ each night.

Take advantage of daily workshops with world class passionate tango maestros Miriam Orcutt & Dante Culcuy (Oxford and London, UK), back with us in Kenya for a 3rd time! Miriam y Dante are currently the directors of the biggest tango school in the UK, finalists in the World Tango Championships in Buenos Aires in the category of Tango Salon (de pista) just in 2015! And meet the enthusiastic and growing tango community in Nairobi and other places in East and Central Africa. All workshops will be facilitated by Patamango's own Mario (Nairobi, Kenya), guilty of introducing and nourishing Tango in Kenya.

KilifiLonga 2018 is being organized con mucho gusto by The Patamango Association, a non-profit association of passionate volunteers with the mission of developing Argentine Tango culture in Kenya, in collaboration with Distant Relatives Eco-Lodge and Backpackers.

Please help us spread the word e.g. by responding to the facebook event, and to then share it, and invite your friends.

KilifiLonga 2018


General Daily Programme

June is almost the least warm month in Kilifi (min of 22 to a max of 28℃) but our dance floor at Distant Relatives Backpackers is a very airy and covered outdoors garden deck just above the Kilifi Creek.


Specific Programme



Participation Passes



The Maestros



Accommodation at Distant Relatives Eco-Lodge

There is quite a variety of accommodation options at Distant Relatives Backpackers that should hopefully meet the needs of every budget (and you are of course free to choose to arrange to stay anywhere else you like in Kilifi)! Variable double or single bed setup may be arranged for banda and rooms. All the specially-negotiated prices below are in Kes and per person per day, sharing as indicated, and on dinner-board i.e. includes dinner + 1 beer/wine/soda & milonga, and rooms will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis with preference given to couples.

Accommodation Type 1 Person 2 Persons 3 Persons 4 Persons
Private Banda
total of 11 available, 1 double bed and 1 bunk bed, ensuite toilet & shower
4700 3700 3400 3200
Private Room
total of 4 available, 1 double bed, ensuite shower
3700 3200

Safari Tent
total of 5 available, 2 single beds or 1 double bed
2700 2450

2 dormitories, each sleeping 8 pax in 4 bunk beds

your own tent

Excluded in the prices above: all expenses of a personal nature, such as drinks and gratuities; Tango workshops/activities added to the KilifiLonga 2017 programme; any extras not mentioned. Towels and simple natural small soap bars are provided -- note if you bring your own soap or shampoo please ensure it is bio-degradable! Drinking water is available at cost.

Please also note that in the interest of having gender-balanced Milongas we reserve the right to wait-list and/or limit further individual registrations from either gender! So please reserve early and you get preference if you reserve as a couple!


How to Reserve your Accommodation

To ensure a room at Distant Relatives Eco-Lodge and Backpackers, and to get the lowest rate possible, please reserve prior to Monday 14 May, by answering the questions below and then validate the reservation by making a payment of 5000 Kes as non-refundable deposit--that may be made in cash (in person to any one of us) or by m-pesa to 0715 357 507.

  • Your full name
  • Your gender
  • What level of experience as a tango dancer do you have? As leader or follower?
  • Which of the 4 nights do you intend to stay (arrival day, departure day)?
  • Do you know who you would like to share the banda/room/tent with? Single or double beds?
  • Do you need to have a cab organized to pick you up from Mombasa Airport (or elsewhere) and to take you to Distant Relatives? If so, please specify exact time of arrival and flight number plus any companion travellers.

Should you wish to extend your stay at Distant Relatives, please arrange with them directly.

Then please do not forget to help us spread the word by responding to the facebook event, and to then share it, invite your friends!


Terms and Conditions

All visiting participants are required to take travel insurance that includes health insurance (there are limited facilities in Kenya's public hospitals).

The organizers cannot assume any responsibility in damage, loss or theft of any of your belongings.

Your visit to Kenya... should you need any help or suggestions, how to organize, for before and/or after the festival, please do not hesitate to let us know, it will be our pleasure to help make your visit to Kenya as complete and enjoyable as possible!


Tango DJ's, musicians, instructors

If you are a Tango DJ or Musician or Tango Instructor, and you believe you may be able to help us add depth and variety to our workshops, milongas or any other tango activity, for the benefit of the young but growing local tango community, please do talk to us about the possibility of collaborating with us.


Contact details

For any further questions you may have, please email us at or call/whatsapp us on +254 715 357 507.