Lamu is a colorful and vibrant coastal destination in Kenya, and is part of the Lamu Archipelago. It has been declared a World heritage site by the UNESCO. The coast is dotted with lush trees and proves to be a great destination for any tourist looking to run away from the hustle bustle of the city. The streets in this town are narrow; yet do not make a person claustrophobic. The only way to reach this town is through waterways.
Lamu can be explored on donkey backs. Since the town has a lot of donkeys, it has a Donkey Sanctuary to take care and treat the donkeys in the area. Walking through the narrow lanes is also a great way to soak in the exotic sights.
Lamu boasts of a rich history and culture. It began its humble beginnings in the 14th century when it became home to the Swahili language speakers. One on hand Lamu can qualify as a romantic destination with its vast coastline and serene beaches, while on the other hand it can be a dream destination for any historian. The town has a museum that houses information about Swahili Culture. Lamu is also home to the Sultan’s fort that was built in the year 1808 by the Omanis.
The residents of Lamu are very hospitable, and are always ready to help tourists. The island shelters some great architectural buildings that reveal traditional Swahili Architecture. It is a treat to watch these marvelous pieces of human effort.
The island has plenty of abodes to take care of its tourists, and if you you are into backpacking you should be able to find a cheap hostel, if you are lucky enough you may get to stay with one of the local residents and experience their culture. The best time to visit Lamu is during the Maulidi festival, when residents come out on the streets to celebrate the birth of The Prophet.