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    Kiwayu Island, Lamu Island, Kenya, Africa

    Kiwayu Island is a small island in the eastern part of the Lamu Archipelago, situated in the Kiunga Marine National Reserve. The main economic activity is fishing, and there is one school, no clinic and one well on the island. The main attractions for tourists on Kiwayu are the tidal pools and snorkeling/diving pools located on the eastern side of the island. The nearest hospital is on Lamu Island outside of Lamu town. To get to Kiwayu from Lamu, you must take a dhow (7 hour trip) or a motor boat (2 hour trip). Kiwayuu Island (alternate spelling Kiwayu) gained a reputation as a retreat for the rich and famous. It boasts an idyllic beach, fabulous snorkeling on the coral reefs and peace and quiet. On the mainland across from the island is the Kiwayu Safari Lodge which is considered to be one of the world’s top hotels. On the island is the more modestly priced Munira Safari Lodge and both hotels will organise transfers by plane from Mombasa, Malindi or Lamu, or motorboat from Lamu.

     

    And if you tire of beaches and water sports, the lodges can organise game viewing safaris to Boni and Dodori game reserves. Wildlife that you don't want to get too close to is the mosquito – the island is renowned for this pesky insect, so take your repellent and anti malarial drugs. Kiwayu lies on Kenya's East Coast on the Indian Ocean, and forms part of the northern Lamu Archipelago. For centuries, the bay of Kiwayu Island has been a calling point for Arab dhows trading in ivory, carpets and carved chests travelling between Arabia, Mombasa and Zanzibar filling their "debes" with sweet water from wells. Kiwayu is cushioned between the Kiunga Marine National Reserve, to the east, the Dodori and Boni Game Reserves to the west. The wild areas are vital to the protection of the fauna and flora of eastern Kenya. The animals that inhabit these reserves are often migratory such as elephant and buffalo.

     

    The permanent residents are lion, cheetah, serval, caracal, lesser kudu, monkeys and rare African hunting dog. This marine park is home to many types of marine life like coral fish, dugongs, whale shark, basking whale, tuna, marlin, sailfish, wahoo, kingfish and many other sports fish species. Dolphins and whales are seen regularly off the coast of Kiwayu, moving in shoals across the ocean. The turtle lay their eggs on the sandy Kiwayu Beach, and are protected by Kenya Wildlife Services and resident hotels. There are few places in our world, which can boast such total seclusion, visited only by fishermen, the dhow that still comes to collect sweet water and the occasional sports fisherman in search of the magnificent marlin or sail fish. Safari link have daily flights from Wilson Airport to the Kiwayu airstrip (10mins through the dunes to lodge). The trip in a 12 seater Cessna caravan takes 1hr 45mins. Air Kenya, Fly 540 and Kenya Airways have daily flights from Wilson Airport to Lamu. To connect from Lamu to Kiwayu, there are two options: by private Charter, the flight takes 15 minutes, or by boat, which takes 1hr 40mins through mangrove channels. Private charter from anywhere

     

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    Kiwayu safari village

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    Kiwayu safari village

     

    Kiwayu safari village is a luxury 5 star beach hotel set on a stunning deserted beach on the north coast of Kenya, if you really want a remote beach holiday experience of barefoot luxury, there is probably no better place in this world than Kiwayu safari village, you catch a glimpse of the paradise that awaits you as come into land on their private airstrip, first you see rows of white breakers along unspoilt beaches where you can stroll for hours rarely seeing a single sole and ride the waves on boogey boards, this is Read More

     


    Mike’s Camp Kiwayu Island

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    Mike’s Camp Kiwayu Island

     

    Mike’s Camp is a luxury exclusive beach camp located on Kiwayu Island, one of the many unspoilt, idyllic islands of the Lamu Archipelago, on the Kenya Coast. At Mikes Camp you are offered your own private island where you are safe and undisturbed. Mikes camp is an Eco Camp where water is brought by donkey and power comes from the wind and the sun. Mikes Camp Kiwayu Island has been quoted as one of the best properties on the Kenyan coast with a 7mile empty beach on one side of the camp and a sheltered creek on the other. Mikes Camp is a small friendly lodge Read More

     


    Lamu Island Information

     

    Lamu appears to be a region almost frozen in time; the Lamu Archipelago is a small group of islands situated on Kenya's northern coastline. The largest of the islands include Lamu, Manda Island, Pate Island and Kiwayu Island, each offering a peaceful retreat with endless beaches and crystal clear waters. Lamu Island is known for having the oldest living Swahili town, with many of the narrow streets remaining unchanged. Only two vehicles are on the island and donkeys and dhows remain the prime forms of transport. But Lamu’s real attraction is its Old town. The town of Lamu began life as a 14th century Swahili settlement, but the island has seen many visitors and influences, including Portuguese explorers, Turkish traders and the Omani Arabs. All left their mark, but Lamu developed its own particular culture, which has ultimately endured. Lamu’s narrow streets remain unchanged, and in the markets and squares around the fort life moves at the same pace as it always has. There are no vehicles on this island, and the donkey and the dhow remain the dominant form of transport. The people of Lamu are great believers in tradition and custom, and this is a strong society built on a respect for the past. For the traveller, Lamu is a hypnotically exotic experience, made even more enjoyable by the relaxed and welcoming attitudes of the locals.

     

    To visit Lamu is to enter another world, and the visitor finds themselves becoming a part of this world. Life slows down, and long days are spent strolling along the waterfront, exploring the town or relaxing on the beaches. Dhow safaris can take you beyond Lamu into the surrounding archipelago, where isolated villages, ancient ruins and a few luxurious and exclusive resorts lie hidden among the islands of Manda, Siyu, Pate and Kiwayu. This idyllic island speaks to the heart and soul, and a trip to Lamu is a romantic experience that can become a life long affair. Most visitors to Lamu come to experience the unique culture and history of the island. But there are also opportunities for wildlife enthusiasts to explore. The Palm forests and wetland areas of the island are excellent spots for finding coastal waterfowl and other birds. On the stretches of beach around the shore, populations of crabs can be seen, often swarming the sand in large number. On the arid mainland opposite Lamu, there is a surprising abundance of wildlife in the Dodori Reserve, including Buffalo, Lion and Leopard. The mangrove channels here are also good for birding and spotting the occasional crocodile. Trips to this region can be organized from Kipungani on Lamu. Lamu Island is served by Lamu airport which is one of the towns in coast province and being a major tourist’s attraction in Kenya. Charter flights booking can be done from Lamu airport and the fleet operated ranges from 3 to 50 seater aircraft .Air charter bookings out of Lamu airport operate as follows, Lamu to Mombasa, Lamu to Tsavo, Lamu to Masai Mara, Lamu to Taita Hills, Lamu to Amboseli, Lamu to Samburu, Lamu to Zanzibar, Lamu to Pemba. Private charter bookings includes scenic safaris, aerial survey & photography safaris, sight seeing safaris, filming safaris, birding watching safaris and photographic safaris, helicopter safaris which comes along with private charter bookings and the charges are on a hourly basis depending with the aircraft capacity you are chartering.

     

    Manda Island

     

    Manda is also an island of the Lamu Archipelago of Kenya, known for the prosperous 9th century ports of Takwa and Manda town. The island is now linked by ferry to Lamu and is home to Manda Airport, while Manda Toto island lies to its west. The island is separated from the mainland by the narrow Mkanda channel. Manda town and Takwa were probably abandoned due to lack of water in the first half of the 19th century. In the 1960s the Kenya Department of Agriculture recommended building several concrete catchments called jabias to capture rain water on the island. Two jabias were built and many families moved onto the island, farming maize, cassava, simsim and cotton.

     

    Pate Island

     

    Pate Island is located close to the northern coast of Kenya, to which it belongs. It is the largest island in the Lamu Archipelago, which lie between the towns of Lamu and Kiunga, close to the border with Somalia. From the seventh century, Pate Island was an early site of Arabic colonization. It long vied as a Swahili port with Lamu and with Takwa on Manda Island and came to prominence around the fourteenth century, but was subjugated by Lamu in the nineteenth century.

     

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