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  • Writer's pictureJolene Botha

Manda Island, Kenya

Manda Island is a part of Kenya’s Lamu Archipelago, separated from the mainland by the narrow Mkanda Channel. The island offers an unspoiled, tranquil setting for barefoot beach luxury – a place that invites you to disconnect from the outside world, unwind, and enjoy the unhurried pace. The scenery offers a mix of beach and bush – miles of secluded, white-sand beaches rimmed by an inland forest of tropical palms, coconut trees, baobabs, and flat-topped acacia trees.

With infinite beaches and a variety of water activities such as sailing, snorkeling, windsurfing, and wakeboarding on offer, the island provides a one-of-a-kind beach experience. January to March are the warmest month and the perfect time to enjoy all the water sports. The surrounding waters are exceptional for sport fishing. Keen fishermen can also fish straight from the shore. In fact, Manda has been described as the best fishing destination along the East African Coast.

For a change of pace, game drives provide opportunities to spot a diverse range wildlife, including bushbuck, buffalo, dik-dik, and a variety of small predators like civets and mongoose, and many species of birds.

Adding to the natural beauty is a rich heritage. Two abandoned port towns – Takwa and Manda – were thriving trading towns during the 15th and 16th centuries. Excavations revealed a level of opulence unmatched in East Africa at the time and bear witness to the former status of these settlements as important trading hubs.


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