An exciting new year ahead – welcome 2018!

With Christmas and new year all wrapped, it is an exciting yet busy time in The Safari & Conservation Company (SCC) office. We had many guests coming to Kenya over the Christmas break, some for the first time and some who hadn’t been back in many years.

We were especially happy to see old friends returning to spend their new year at Manda Bay, some for the first time in several years. Being at Manda Bay over this period truly felt like the ‘old times’ again, and it was lovely to see guests coming back to Lamu and Manda Bay after what has been a quiet couple of years.

Drinks on ice on New Year’s Eve overlooking the bay

Just because its Christmas on the beach, doesn’t mean no Christmas dinner!

Manda Bay, which is located at the tip of a beautiful and serene island off the coast of Lamu, is a stunning property that is perfect for families, honeymooners or those looking to find the ‘no shoes, no news’ attitude for life (even if it is just for a week!).

With over 60 guests at one point, Manda was truly full again. The calm waters in the bay were busy with guests waterskiing, snorkelling and deep sea fishing. Guests ate their fill of freshly caught fish every night, and many of the guests stayed up at the bar late into the night, catching up with new found friends about their day on the water.

A successful morning fishing

Christmas and new year this year (2018) is already filling up quickly, with guests rebooking early to make sure they get their favourite spot on the beach. We also have new guests booking for Easter and August, having been referred by friends who visited in 2017. This is a true testament to the love that people have for this special place!

We can sing praises for Manda Bay all year, but we feel our guests speak for us:

‘We do thank you for a wonderful stay at Manda Bay Lodge during Christmas. You certainly took well care of us and it was a pleasure to get to know you, your families and friends.’ – Azelius family, Sweden (December 2017)

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