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Kiwayu Island
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Kiwayu Island


... is a stunning remote and beautiful area at the extreme northern end of the Kenyan Coast, up to the border with Somalia.

The island itself is around 10km long and on average only about 500m wide. It is essentially a sand spit with mangrove swamps and a small village on the landward lagoon, a broad sandy beach and some modest reefs on the ocean side.

The mainland in this area largely consists of inlets filled with mangrove forests, but with a couple of bays with broad sandy beaches. Further inland there are some little-known and little-visited wildlife reserves.

We absolutely love this area, for us it is by far the most remote and beautiful section of the Kenyan Coast. Up until 2009 we used to often recommend it for inclusion in trips, especially for people who are really looking to get away from it all.

But increased threat from Somali pirates has greatly increased since then, notably when one of the lodges was raided and a British traveller shot dead in September 2011. The lodge in question closed and the area has been more or less off limits since.

Kiwayu Lodge ... used to be a very special and relatively high-end beach lodge on the mainland coast, but which closed down in late 2011.

Munira Island Camp ... is a the smaller, simpler and more quirky owner-run option out on Kiwayu Island itself, which continues to operate regardless of the political situation or the low flow of guests.
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