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Lamu is a place like no other, a peaceful tropical island where life is lived at it’s own relaxed rhythm, but a place whose history is as mysterious and fascinating as the winding streets of it’s medieval stone town.
The island itself is a beautiful place of rolling dunes and endless beaches, where tiny villages nestle among coconut and mango plantations and lateen sailed dhows ply the waters. But Lamu’s real attraction is its Old town.
The town of Lamu began life as a 14th century Swahili settlement, but the island has seen many visitors and influences, including Portuguese explorers, Turkish traders and the Omani Arabs. All left their mark, but Lamu developed its own particular culture, which has ultimately endured.
Lamu’s narrow streets remain unchanged, and in the markets and squares around the fort life moves at the same pace as it always has. There are no vehicles on this island, and the donkey and the dhow remain the dominant form of transport.
The people of Lamu are great believers in tradition and custom, and this is a strong society built on a respect for the past.
For the traveller, Lamu is a hypnotically exotic experience, made even more enjoyable by the relaxed and welcoming attitudes of the locals. To visit Lamu is to enter another world, and the visitor finds themselves becoming a part of this world. Life slows down, and long days are spent strolling along the waterfront, exploring the town or relaxing on the beaches.
Dhow safaris can take you beyond Lamu into the surrounding archipelago, where isolated villages, ancient ruins and a few luxurious and exclusive resorts lie hidden among the islands of Manda, Siyu, Pate and Kiwayu.
This idyllic island speaks to the heart and soul, and a trip to Lamu is a romantic experience that can become a life long affair.
Pamela Wright: has utilized our safari services several times for her travels within Africa. After visiting Samburu and Masai Mara with a few of her friends, she flew down to Lamu for a relaxing sojourn at the luxurious Peponi Hotel.
After her stay in Lamu, this is what Pamela had to say:-
After a fascinating stay in the "natural" world of Samburu and Masai Mara, Felix arranged for us to step back in time, into the historic world of Lamu!
Because it's a World Heritage Site, Lamu's buildings remain unchanged from the days of ancient traders, slavers and pirates! Narrow alleys, mysterious gardens and charming donkeys make each twist and turn a new experience. You can hire a local guide or find your own way to shops, restaurants and sites of interest. The historical museum is very well arranged and definitely worth an hour or two!
The Hotel Peponi was beautiful, charming and perfect as a place to unwind, explore and treat our senses. It's in Shela town, just a few minutes away from Lamu town and "right around the corner" from miles of empty, white sand beaches.The hotel's dhow will meet your at the airport, take you to the island and serves as a water taxi to Lamu town. Other options are trips to see the sea turtle nesting site, sunset tours and picnics, or you can simply lie in your hammock on your very own terrace and enjoy the breezes!.
I highly recommend a side trip to Kenya's historic past at Lamu Island!
Pamela Wright, Pasadena, Los Angeles, California, USA.
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