The East African country of Kenya is known for many famous and breathtaking cities such as Nairobi and Mombasa. There is however a hidden treasure that has over the years been a tourist magnet. This treasure is the island of Lamu.
Lamu is Kenya’s oldest continually inhabited town, and was one of the original Swahili settlements along coastal East Africa, founded in 1370. While there are a number of economic activities around this beautiful place, tourism has gradually refueled the local economy in recent times, and it is a popular destination for backpackers. It is well worth visiting for a more tranquil moment and away-from-the-crowds Kenya beach holiday, especially when compared to the busier and more developed central and southern parts of the coast.
Lamu Island, a Unesco World Heritage Site since 2001 and a centre of Swahili and Islamic culture for over 700 years is ideal for historical walking tours, dhow sailing trips, sea kayaking and diving with dolphins. Expect great beaches, dazzling coral reefs, a wealth of activities, great cuisine and friendly, discreet service while on a Lamu holiday.Lamu also boasts of modern hotels fitting international standards.
Lamu Old Town is worth exploring – either on your own or as part of an organised tour – and there are plenty of opportunities to pick up traditional clothing, silver jewellery and leatherwear. The island is also home to several archeologically important sites including the ruined towns of Takwa and Manda. Excavations at the sites have revealed their historical legacy, finding Chinese porcelain and Islamic pottery.
A visit to Lamu is certainly worth every cent.