On this day we set out to visit the little known or can I say the now known Takawiri Island. This was the first time I was visiting and as to all new places I had expectations, though for this one, I was not sure where to place the feelings I had. I had seen pictures, but sometimes seeing is believing for you to base your opinion on something.
We boarded the Suba Water-bus at around 10a.m to what would be less than an hour’s sail or should I call it a water drive. As the waves went by, they took me to distant places in my imagination and for a while I drifted to far and foreign lands.
The bus made the first stop, and since we were not sure where we were to get off we kept on asking if we had made it to ours. If we missed our stop it would have been a wasted journey as the bus would only do the same round late in the afternoon on its way back to Mbita where we came from.
Finally our destination was before us and even before the water-bus would dock I was in awe of the scenery that received us. The Island has white sandy beaches and this is all natural as we came to learn and not imported as one would have silently thought. We usually think of white sandy beaches at the coast of Kenya but the shores of Lake Victoria proved otherwise.
We were warmly welcomed by the owners of the Takawiri Island Resort where we were to spend the day. As there is just too much to say but not sure of the words to describe the place and the experience, let me allow some of the moments that I captured that day speak for me.
To visit Takawiri Island Resort you would need to call the owners in advance so that they may plan for your coming, whether for meals or accommodation or for use of any of their facilities.
There are different activities to keep yourself busy at the island, including swimming in the lake and boat-riding. Personally, I just wanted to relax and soak in the beauty and the rays of the sun.
As we called it a day, it was such a bitter-sweet feeling as we did not want to leave . On the brighter side, it was definitely going to be a trip done again soon. The water-bus was making it’s way back late in the afternoon and would make a stop to pick us, taking us back to Mbita. Next time we would definitely plan to stick around for more days on the Island.
The beauty, the wander, the adventure, the mixed feelings all wrapped up in one amazing ball marked the end of an awesome day.
“Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all of one’s lifetime.” – Mark Twain