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Mkoko House - Mombasa, Coast

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Description:

Come to Mkoko House for slow living coastal style... enjoy the beaches, the warm coastal hospitality, the delicious cuisine, and the peaceful and quiet surroundings of the House. Fully indulge in everything the archipelago has to offer and you will be sure to fall in love with this little gem!


Children: 17 and under

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Mkoko House lamu, Lamu, lamu (Holiday Villa)
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RATES INCLUDE LOCAL TAXES AND FEES UNLESS STATED

Location:

Mkoko House is situated on the edge of the mangroves in a quiet and peaceful setting on Manda Island. The house built on nearly one acre of land set 5 minutes walk from Manda beach was built in a characteristic Lamu coastal style that allow for breezes to travel freely around the house uninterrupted by windows or doors.

Car Parking:

Secure

Local Attractions:

Beaches There are two main beaches in the vicinity of the house. Manda beach is a 7 minute walk from the house. It is a long, quiet beach with calm waters ideal for chilled out swimming sessions, and lazy afternoons basking in the sun. Shela Beach starts at the edge of Shela village and stretches for 14 kilometres with plenty of isolated spots of if you’re looking to escape from the world. (Shela beach and Shela village are a5 minute boat ride across the channel). With their white sands and blue waters, both Shela and Manda beach are ideal paradise spots. (See pictures in our photo gallery) Dhow Trips A dhow trip is a must during your stay on Manda and Lamu. Trips either exploring the archipelago, or down through the mangroves on Manda, or even trips with an over-night camping stop on one of the smaller islands are all possible. Trips and subsequently their price vary depending on their length and where you fancy going. There are plenty of boat captains in both Shela village and Lamu town waiting for you to say the word, but remember to shop around to ensure you get the best price. Takwa ruins Takwa (located on Manda Island) was a flourishing town in the 16th and 17th century but was abandoned by its inhabitants. Many say that once water on the island ran out, the villagers left and built Shela village on Lamu Island. Today Shela residents believe they are the descendents of those who lived in Takwa. The ruins of the town are impressive as you can see remnants of houses, the mosque, the city wall, and a pillar tomb. The Jamaa mosque is the largest surviving structure in the town. You can easily reach Takwa by taking a dhow from Manda beach where you will sail through the mangroves, followed by a short walk further inland to the ruins. Other activities Snorkelling and Diving Lamu Cultural Festival (normally held in November

Getting There:

BY AIR Flights to Lamu are available from both Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and Wilson Airport (both in Nairobi). Flight prices vary depending on the season. It is therefore advised to book in advance to ensure low costs and availability. There are about 3 daily flights to Lamu/Manda from Nairobi – most with a short stop in Malindi. The companies flying there include Air Kenya, Safarilink and Fly 540. BY ROAD Alternatively if seeking a bit of rough and adventurous travelling, many bus operators travel daily between Lamu and Mombasa stopping in towns such as Malindi along the way. This option is very cheap, but one would be advised to check the security of the road at the time of travel. GETTING AROUND There are no cars on either Lamu or Manda Island leaving donkeys and boats as the main form of transportation by locals and tourists alike. From Manda Beach it takes 5 minutes or less to travel across the channel to Shela village and beach, 15 minutes to Lamu Old Town and 20 minutes to Lamu Airport which is located on the other end of Manda Island and is also reached by boat. You can hire a boat with a captain for the duration of your stay or use a boat for individual trips when you need to. Boat trips (and Dhow trips) can easily be arranged from Mkoko House on request.