The Lamu Archipelago, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is situated on the Indian Ocean in Kenya and is the oldest and best preserved Swahili settlement in East Africa. Built in coral stone and mangrove wood, this sleepy fishing port is steeped in history and tradition.
The Town, which only has three cars reveals a maze of narrow alleyways. Lamu Town can be reached by walking a few kilometers from Shela, a thirty minute donkey ride or a few minutes by one of the many “taxi” boats. Here you will find historical museums set among an array of Swahili shops displaying traditional artwork and artifacts, unique fabrics and furniture and exotic jewellery.
Lamu Town dates back to the 12th century and due to its unique location along the Arabic, Portugese, Indian and African trading routes, Lamu flourished as an ancient trading port. With its intricately carved doors, well preserved Swahili architecture and numerous mosques, this Muslim community is welcoming and the people are gracious, helpful and friendly.
One can simply sit in one of the many cafes, sipping fresh passion fruit or coconut juice and be taken back in time.