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Manda Island

There was a time when Manda Island in the Lamu archipelago of the Kenyan coast was a pristine environment and virtually uninhabited. A desolate ruin of a Portuguese fort is on the eastern tip of the island and Takwa ruins drew a few tourists. Otherwise, Manda attracted little attention, until some land developers bought up the beachfront and sold it off to holiday jetsetters. I guess you can’t stop progress, but I prefer to remember when I could hire a private dhow for a few dollars to take me from Lamu town and drop me off at this beach without the distraction of up market villas.

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