Research Accommodation at Bio-Ken Snake Farm, Watamu
Bio-Ken Snake Farm has long been recognised as East Africa’s centre of herpetology. We are affiliated to the National Museums of Kenya and house one of the largest collections of African snakes in the world. Our preserved specimen collection is extensive which, in itself, is a great attraction to many.
We have always welcomed research students, volunteers, naturalists and scientists to share our knowledge and now we are taking a step further in offering research accommodation. Due to our remote location we feel that this has become a necessity and we hope that, by providing on site accommodation, it will be more convenient for people to come and make use of our resources.
Naja House is a two bed-roomed, fully furnished house with a shared bathroom. The lounge area is an attractive screened veranda, off which there is a well-equipped kitchen. It is set in a beautiful garden within the snake farm itself.
Each bedroom contains a single bed and has a desk with power points for laptops or chargers. There is a ceiling fan and large windows that let in fresh air and light. The bathroom is tiled and has hot and cold running water. There is a shower, a sink and a clean western toilet.
The kitchen has a fridge, gas top cooker and all utensils are provided. It is bright and clean with tiled walls and surfaces.
We offer the cottage on a self-contained basis and do not provide meals or drinks. There is a small but very well stocked supermarket nearby (approximately 5 minutes by car or 15 minutes by bicycle.) We do provide a bicycle. There is a cleaner who will come in daily to tidy, wash up and do laundry.
As an occupant at Naja House you are entitled to daily access to the snake farm during working hours (from 8am to 12pm and 2pm to 5pm). Any ‘night work’ will be at the discretion of the directors. We have a field laboratory with basic equipment which you are welcome to use. If there is anything specific you require we do advise that you bring it. We do have hundreds of preserved specimens, which are also available for research.
Welcome to Naja House, if this visit will be your first to Bio-Ken, we do hope you enjoy the unique experience of being comfortable while you carry out your work, as many of those who have been before you were not so lucky. If you have been here before, we say welcome back and thank goodness now for electricity, clean running water, fans, email and most importantly what has not changed, great snakes and smiling faces!