Travel .:: Visit Lamu, Kenya’s oldest town ::.

Have you heard about LAMU in Kenya? Well, guys you need to add this to your wishlist or bucketlist, however you call it and make it happen! Right now I’m checking flights out because I just feel like the time has come for me to stop daydreaming and stalking Sandy Bornman‘s account ( a photographer that made me discover Lamu through her amazing shots ). I’ve already been fortunate enough to visit Zanzibar in the neighbouring Tanzania and I must say that the east coast of Africa stole my heart. You can read it again here …Anyway,Kenya is calling me and I would love to share with you some of the glorious discoveries that made me start checking flights out ! Let’s go to Lamu island! 🙂

Photo : Yours Truly


Lamu is a peaceful tropical island where life is lived at it’s own relaxed rhythm. The town of Lamu began life as a 14th century Swahili settlement, but the island has seen many visitors and influences, including Portuguese explorers, Turkish traders and the Omani Arabs. All left their mark, but Lamu developed its own particular culture, which has ultimately endured. 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. There are no vehicles on this island, and the donkey and the dhow remain the dominant form of transport. You can even hire donkeys to ride around the island 🙂 but The winding streets of the towns are best explored on foot. The people of Lamu are great believers in tradition and custom, and this is a strong society built on a respect for the past. Lamu is best accessed by air. There are scheduled flights daily from Nairobi, Mombasa, Diani Beach and Malindi. Source :


1- Walk along deserted beaches and do snorkelling + turtle watching

2- Explore the narrow streets of Lamu old town and shop around while enjoying the beautiful local architecture

3- Sail the traditional boat ( Dhow) and cruise the various neighbour islands

4- Get friendly with the people and ask about the swahili culture

5 – Feast on the swahili food ! Take a look at Mark Wiens street food tour below :

There are great guides to visit Lamu available! Our favourite one is from Spirited Pursuit ! You can read it here :

Photo : Yours Truly

Don’t you feel like going on a vacation? 🙂

Disclaimer : No picture belongs to us / Main pictures : Yours Truly , Sandy Lamu, Spirited Pursuit and various Lamu pages. Whenever credit is available we gladly share it!

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