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Paradise found at Maziwe Island Marine Reserve

Maziwe Island birds

Maziwe Island is a natural reserve located in the Indian Ocean, about 15 nautical miles east of Pangani town. It serves as a fishing camp to a number of fishermen from different areas as far as Mtwara, Mafia and Kilwa, while others come from Zanzibar and Mombasa in Kenya for fishing activities. Pangani district residents once used the island as a place for ritual performance involving livestock, resulting in goats and chickens remaining on the island today. However, Maziwe remains an ideal place for swimming, snorkeling and diving, as well as research expeditions, sunbathing and watching dazzling tropical fish. The area is also ideal for underwater adventures and is among the best diving destinations along the Eastern African Coast with a wide variety of underwater marine life. The tiny tidal island offers the opportunity to see hundreds of crabs and many seabirds. 

Maziwe Island can be experienced on a half-day boat trip from the luxury Kijongo Bay Beach Lodge, set on the golden sands of Sange Beach. Kijongo consists of seven two-story villas that minimise the separation between living space and the natural surroundings with their white-washed exteriors, natural exposed floors and long louvered window shutters. This is inspired by the elegant, yet simple design of Swahili architecture. Kijongo Bay truly is a tranquil paradise.

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Mike Cowton

Michael Cowton, an outdoors writer, editor and photographer with a passion for nature-based travel and wildlife. He is a former editor of EcoTravel, Outdoor Pursuits, Camping, Lakeland Walker and Which Motorcaravan magazines, and national newspaper journalist.

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