In 2002, Fuzz Dyer and his wife Bimbi, together with their friends Andy and Caragh Roberts were looking for a quality tourism facility offering an upcountry wilderness life experience at the Coast. They had noticed gaps in all the amazing places that they toured in the region.
It was when they visited Rass Kilindini, formerly owned by some Italians, that they fell in love with the place. They, later on, persuaded the Italians to sell the property and later transformed it into a family destination. “We named it Manda Bay as it is easy to remember; a bay means located on sheltered waters,” Fuzz Dyer said.
Manda hosts Manda Ruins, a wealthy trading center between the 9th and 10th century with the Persian Gulf.
When I toured the resort recently, Fuzz, who has been in conservation and tourism for 30 years, took me through some of the projects that Manda Bay is committed to in a bid to assist the local community and also save the environment.
“Manda is a member of the Lamu Marine Conservation Trust. We are working with the local community and other co-owners of the Lamu county to preserve the Manda Toto (child Manda island)’s snorkeling site at Kiweni,” Fuzz said.
Another site is the coral reef in the vicinity of Pate Island, which is significant for its marine biodiversity and distinct coral reef ecosystem hosting a variety of tropical fish species.
Born and bred in Kenya, Fuzz has a passion for conservation. By educating local residents and the Beach Management Units, the Lamu Marine Conservation Trust encourages them to preserve the site and make it a ‘net free zone’.
In addition, Manda Bay houses and feeds two rangers supply fuel and accommodate two volunteers to patrol and collect information daily to report on fishing movements.
Manda also supports The Northern Rangelands Trust, which is actively setting up conservancies and community projects within the Lamu Region.
Ten years ago, a conservation area was established behind the lodge where a herd of buffalo has moved in. Despite the fact that the resorts feed and water the buffaloes, they need assistance and funds to keep the project running.