africatoursk.com Africa Tours Logo

Enchanted underwater world

Marine ecosystem incorporates a chain of about 50 calcareous offshore islands and coral reefs in the Lamu Archipelago, running for some 60km parallel to the coastline and next to Dodori and Boni National Reserves on the mainland.

The larger and more sheltered inner islands are covered with tangled thorny vegetation including aloes, grass and creepers. The small outer islands also provides nesting sites for migratory seabirds. The reserve conserves valuable sea grass, coral reefs and extensive mangrove forests and is also a refuge for dugongs and sea turtles.

The major wildlife attractions include reptiles such as Olive ridley, Sea turtles and Reef fish. Sea urchins, Lobsters, Sea star and also frequent sightings in the reserve. It is an important site for diving, wind surfing and snorkelling, water skiing and sunbathing.

ACCESS

Roads: Kiunga is a remote and unspoilt village on the mainland about 150 km east of Lamu
Airstrips: One at Dodori N. Reserve
By Sea: from Lamu you can get to kiwayu Island by Speedboat or dhow

SIZE / LOCATION

Lamu District, Coast province
Area: 270 km2

CLIMATE

The Coast is humid with mean annual temperatures which is ranging from 22-34 C. rainfall is about 500mm pa.

MAJOR ATTRACTIONS

  • Coral reefs
  • Sand dune
  • Kiwayu Island

MARINE LIFE

  • Reptiles/fish: Olive Ridley, Sea Turtles, Leatherback, Turtles, Reef fish
  • Insects/arthropods: Lobsters, Sea urchins, Sea star, Crabs, Mosquito

WHERE TO STAY

Kiwayu Island,the only inhabited island to be included in the Kiunga Marine Reserve

In - Park Accommodation

There are 2 luxury tented lodges on Kiwayu

  • Munira Island Camp: 2 kms north of Kiwayu village, it is a group of simple Bandas with restaurant and bar facilities
  • Kiwayu Safari Village: nestled on a pristine palm- shaded beach this exclusive camp offers luxurious amenities, grass- thatched cottages and water sports

It is also possible to find simple accommodation in Kiwayu village.

ACTIVITY OPTIONS

  • Wind surfing
  • Snorkeling
  • Water skiing
  • Sunbathing
  • Diving

WHAT TO TAKE WITH YOU

  • Footwear, e.g. sandals or flip flops (to protect your feet from the reef)
  • T-shirts (to protect your body from sunburn)
  • Snorkel, mask, fins, all of which are available for hire
  • Camera, hat, sunscreen, insect repellant
  • Guide books
  • Plenty of drinking water
  • A friend(s)