Marine Cultural Safari to Kiwayu

 

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 has been a calling point for Arab dhows trading in ivory, carpets and carved chests traveling 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 two main accommodations: Kiwayu Safari Village is nestled amid the mainland dunes and the oasis to the north of a sheltered lagoon off the island of Kiwayu. Munira Island Camp is another eco-friendly hotel located on the virgin beach of Kiwayu.

For a culture tour of the Swahili people, we recommend that you take boat or dhow to Lamu.