In 1998 the ruin of a Swahili house was restored by Gillies and Fiammetta. They put all their love into this project and ran it until 2020 as a guest house, yoga retreat and they will continue doing so on the same compound in the Sand Castle and the Baobab Cottage. The special flair and atmosphere they created gives this small gated community a uniqueness. 

Angelika Schuetz took over in April 2020 and will have 3 rentable units in her new home:

Top Apartment - Acacia Suite - Garden Room


The Tower is named after Fatuma Ali Abu Bakar a Swahili noblewoman who lived in this sanctuary attended by five female attendants until the end of the 19th century. After her death the house fell into ruins and the magnificent tamarind tree growing in the courtyard established itself in the ruins of the fallen masonry.


Fatuma's Tower is very fortunate to have 15 long serving staff who are really delighted to make you feel comfortabe and at home; our guest book tells you how much their care and attention has been appreciated over the years. During your stay if you need anything or any advice it is they who will book all your boat or town trips and prevent you from falling into unreliable hands!


At Fatuma's Tower you are invited into the family compound of Gillies and Fiammetta Turle who hope you will experience peace and comfort in this tranquil space; they and our staff want you to feel a welcome guest.


In your room is the beautifully illustrated book Hogs Tales written by Fiammetta. It is all about her time in our tented camp in a forest on the outskirts of Nairobi; copies are available at Ksh 2,000. Gillies also had a book published in 1992 about his years moving amongst the Maasai shamans. Entitled The Art of the Maasai it is out of print but occasionally available through Amazon.



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