From Kinasi several walks can be made to places of interest as well as to just “meet the locals”.

Village Walk and Bird-watching

Visit the village and surrounding farmlands where you can see rice-growing, cassava, beans, sweet potato and many fruit such as coconuts, papaya, bananas, pineapples, custard apples, jackfruit, mangoes, guavas, This can also be a bird walk as many of the interesting birds are busy harassing the farmers’ crops or are more easily seen in the open farmlands. The visitor will see many spectacular rollers (Lilac-breasted) and bee-eaters (White- cheeked) between Kilindoni and Kinasi, and there are five species of sunbird in the Kinasi gardens. The black or white Dimorphic Heron is the common species at roosts in Chole Bay. The Kinasi Nature Trail has been designed with bird-watching very much in mind. The lilac-breasted rollers and Madagascan bee- eaters are especially spectacular. The Bird Check-list of Mafia is in the Kinasi library.

Nature Trail and Reef Walk

The nature trail starts near the dive centre and extends approximately 3 km to the west along the foreshore and back along the ridge to Kinasi, or back to the road via Didimiza Beach, a lovely beach about 1.5km away. Along the walk there are many special sights, trees and all four of the main types of mangroves. There is a guide pamphlet and Kirobo usually accompanies the walk. At low tide the reef flats in front of Kinasi are very interesting with many creatures to see: live cowries, starfish, small eels, etc. the bird life trying to make a living off this rich part of the food chain is also fascinating and includes the palm nut vulture. This can also be a bird walk as many of the interesting birds are busy harassing the farmers’ crops or are more easily seen in the open farmlands. The visitor will see many spectacular rollers (Lilac-breasted) and bee-eaters (White- cheeked) between Kilindoni and Kinasi, and there are five species of sunbird in the Kinasi gardens. The black or white Dimorphic Heron is the common species at roosts in Chole Bay. The Kinasi Nature Trail has been designed with bird-watching very much in mind. The lilac-breasted rollers and Madagascan bee- eaters are especially spectacular. The Bird Check-list of Mafia is in the Kinasi library.

Comprehensive Checklist of the Birds of Mafia Island Archipelago

Birds of the Mafia Archipelago by Dudley B. Iles B.Sc.

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