Mwangati House is a beautiful, isolated house surrounded by mangroves on sparsely populated Manda Island. It is ideal for people looking for a secluded stay in absolute peace and quiet. It is an eco-friendly three-story house built in traditional Swahili style with big open spaces to maximise air flow throughout the house.
There is no fresh water or electricity on the island, so we used collected rainwater and have a solar power system.
The ground floor has two en-suite bedrooms (Bahari and Katikati), an indoor and outdoor kitchen, and a dining/living area with barazas (seating area). There is also a separate bathroom with shower.
The first floor has the main Mwangati room with its own terrace, and a main living and dining space. There is a traditional Swahili bed and a solarium/stargazing terrace.
The second floor is an open terrace with a makuti (thatch) roof, an extra Swahili bed, and a hammock.
To rent out the whole house, please contact us directly.
Guests will be attended to by Kahindi, the housekeeper, who cleans and tends to the garden. A cook can be available upon request and there is a variety of excellent cooks who prepare delicious Swahili dishes and make the most of the incomparably fresh fish and seafood available on the island for 10 euros a day.
There is also the possibility of a yoga instructor and masseuse to come to the house.
Manda is the ideal place to do short or day dhow (traditional Swahili boat) trips to a number of attractive locations. Takwa ruins is on the other side of Manda and the location of original Shela inhabitants. During turtle hatching season, half day trips are organised to the other side of Manda for the unforgettable experience of watching baby turtles hatch. Day trips on dhows can be organised to go snorkeling around the reefs at Manda Toto.
As water is scarce on the island, it is recommended that showers are kept short and toilets flushed once a day to minimise water usage.