Collect Moments And Memories
Lamu Island is an idyllic area for you to get lost and document moments. Lamu epitomizes the coastal culture’s rich heritage. You are spoilt for choice from Lamu’s old town, to Shela. One thing that remains true is that while you are there you have to soak in moments without being in a hurry.
We highlight activities you can indulge in while in Lamu.
Explore The Streets Of Lamu Town
Lamu Old Town is one of the oldest and best-preserved Swahili settlements in East Africa. The culture in the town has endured all the changes that have occurred within its environment. The streets have remained unchanged and this is because the people of Lamu are great believers in tradition and custom hence conserving their heritage.
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. Take a walk in the town and be amazed by everything from the people to the architecture of the town. UNESCO recognizes Lamu as a World Heritage Site.
Stroll Along The Beaches
Nothing can beat long walks on the beach. Lamu has one of the most pristine beaches making it an ideal place for you to take a walk and enjoy breathtaking views. Shela village is located 2.5 km from Lamu Town and boats ply between the two destinations. You can take a book and sit on the beach while you get lost in the characters in your book.
Sail The Traditional Dhow Or Ride Around Town On A Donkey
Dhows and donkeys are an integral form of transportation in Lamu. Renting a dhow for a leisurely cruise around the island is a must-do. Lamu is a boating paradise. You can have your pick of luxury dhows or handcrafted dhows. There are a lot of activities such as snorkeling or fishing as you sail on the dhow. Your trip to Lamu will be incomplete without a donkey ride instead of walking you can take a donkey ride to explore the beautiful archi- pelago town.
If you visit the area during certain seasons you will be able to experience the dhow races and donkey races.
Book A Beautiful Place To Stay
You are spoilt for choice when it comes to places to stay. The islands have beautifully restored, full of character and authentic houses. Lamu is a unique place to get away. You can stay in Forodhani House, Majlis Resort, Shela Lamu Islands or Jaha House.
Each location has a different taste hence attracting a diverse clientele. The Shela village is a particular guest favorite; therefore, you will find a lot of guests in that region.
Dissapear To Shela Village
This is a destination of choice; it is like a smaller Lamu town. It boasts of the best dining places in the region. It is a small place with alleys wide enough to accommodate donkeys, tall stone townhouses, few mosques and ruins, market stalls and a lovely stretch of beach. This is a therapeutic place to spend your time while you are away.
Sundowners On Manda Island
This jewel in Kenya’s coastline is across the channel from Shela. It is the perfect place to escape to while in Lamu. It is the best spot to watch the sunset on the island. You can experience the sundowner with your favorite drink in hand. Document the moment with a picture because this is an experience you will want to remember.
Explore The Ruined City Of Takwa
Takwa ruins are on Manda Island, a 30-minute boat ride from Lamu Town. It once held one of the Kenya coast’s largest settlements. The community that settled here abandoned the town in the 17th century. This is an enchanting way to explore the town and understand the history that it continues to preserve.
Feast On Swahili Food
You cannot visit the coastal region and not have a taste of their food. The cuisine in Lamu is full of flavors. Take your pick of biryanis, curries, couscous, pasta, coconut rice with mango chutney, and the varied seafood. Their flavors are rich because of the spices in the area and of course the fresh coconut milk. You can also
drink Coconut water, locally known as madafu. which is believed to have so many health benefits.