One of the oldest and most beautiful towns in East Africa, Lamu, is located on Kenya’s northern coast. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Lamu is possibly the most complete Swahili town in the world. Get lost wandering the backstreets perfumed with cardamom, as you soak up the Swahili culture, then head for the islands of the Lamu Archipelago for some peaceful and exclusive beach time.
Dating back to the 14th century, Lamu town is a wonderful place to explore Swahili culture. It still boasts traditional Swahili architecture, characterised by tall narrow buildings and winding alleyways. We love Lamu and think that the main attraction here is the relaxed vibe. It’s easy to while away the hours in one of the many cafes serving steaming chapattis and cups of milky tea.
Most people travel by foot, dhow, or donkey and there are few vehicles to disturb the peace. In fact, we’d recommend a dhow trip as a great way to explore the mangroves and don’t forget to sample the local fish, often served with coconut rice.
Once you’ve had your cultural fill, head for the Lamu Archipelago, a chain of islands separated from the mainland by a narrow channel, bordered by dense mangrove forest and protected from the Indian Ocean by coral reefs and large sand dunes. We think the long stretches of sandy beach and delightful beach properties are perfect for those looking for peace and relaxation in a beautiful setting.