Romain Mari

Kilifi, Coast, Kenya

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  • Running an eco-lodge/ backpackers in Kilifi, Kenya!
  • Msc Natural Ressource Management, Ba Marine Biology and E...
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About Me


Turn everyday into a chance to give, to laugh or to experience


I am originally from France, lived some years in the States, some in Ireland, and others in Australia. Did masters in natural resource management and marine biology/ecology and soon after travelled for a good while down from Ethiopia to Cape Town where I ended up finding a job with some environmental consultants… The career chase didn’t last too long. Few whiskies later with a friend managing Longstreet Backpackers and peaceful flashbacks of this delightful little coastal emerald creek town on the coast of Kenya which we’d travelled through two years earlier … and there was suddenly no chance we weren’t headed back there.
It was time for dreams to come true, nuff sterile babylon office jobs and concrete jungles. Kilifi seriously needed a budget place for travellers to meet up and I’d always dreamt of running an environmentally sound project. We called it ‘Distant Relatives eco-Lodge & backpackers’, we’re located along the creek in a little green paradise and all are welcome, even just for a drink!

Karibu sana rafki!
Romain (+254 770 885 164 or +254 787 535 145)


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The plan is no plan. Life is a dream, no second thoughts needed! Be spontaneous. In French, Advienne que pourra! 'Insh' Hallah' (also in French!)!

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


Stayed with and welcomed many couchsurfers on various continents. A wonderful concept...

Music, Movies, and Books

Music: Burning Spear, Midnite, Ernest Ranglin, Bob Dylan, Max Romeo, Congos, La Rue Ketanou, Zenzile ... Roots reggae, dub but not only

Films: Baraka (Dir: Ron Fricke), Samson and Dalaila(Dir: Warwick Thornton), Welcome (Dir: Philippe Lioret), Gadjo Dilo (Dir: Tony Gatlif)

Countries I’ve Visited

Belize, Canada, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Ethiopia, Finland, Hungary, Italy, Kenya, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Réunion, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Uganda, United Kingdom, Zimbabwe

Countries I’ve Lived In

Australia, France, Ireland, Kenya, South Africa, United States

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