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Address: Manda Island, Kenya

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Takwa, a charming escape

It was a 45 minute boat ride from Lamu old town to Takwa Ruins on the southern corner of Manda Island, Lamu district in coastal Kenya. We walked across a sturdy raised walkway... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 23 January 2017
Peter K
Nairobi, Kenya
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2017

It was a 45 minute boat ride from Lamu old town to Takwa Ruins on the southern corner of Manda Island, Lamu district in coastal Kenya. We walked across a sturdy raised walkway above the mangroves. This is followed by another section of a slightly higher bridge (made of slender sticks tied with rope) above a water logged area. We... More 

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Nairobi, Kenya
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016

Do visit the ruins of this walled village that was once home to 2,500 people - who were forced to leave it and head across to Shela where their descendants now play hosts to the world's tourists. As elsewhere in the Islamic world of centuries ago one is impressed by the sophistication of the mosque and the madrasa (including toilet,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2015

Half the fun of seeing the ruins is getting there. We were staying at Manda island and had considered riding a bike but it was raining most of the day so we took a boat from the Majlis hotel. It was a scenic ride past a village they called Obama. We saw the boats which transport the coral bricks to... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2013

The dhow trip to Takwa Ruins through the mangroves was awesome. Good day or half day trip to take while visiting Lamu and Manda.

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Nairobi, Kenya
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2013

We went to the ruins and we are glad we did so on our own. The ruins have a great history (which we read at the entrance). There was a school group there at the same time as us and at some point we heard the guide making some crazy biblical references to the place, which were quite inaccurate. Unfortunately,... More 

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