An island paradise off the coast of Kenya, where donkeys are the preferred mode of transport.
Most visitors to Kenya head for the Rift Valley and the big game parks. But Lamu represents a different part of Kenya- Swahili, Muslim, culturally connected to Arabia and the Indian Ocean. A little paradise where cars are banned, and the beach is never far away.
This is where “Arabian Nights” meets “The Blue Lagoon”. Come visit before the crowds descend- or Al-Shabab takes over...
Off Kenya's Swahili Coast, about a 100km south of the Somali border. Map.
ALTHOUGH LAMU CERTAINLY sees a fair number of visitors, it pales in comparison to the attention given to the Maasai tribe and the wild beasts of the Kenyan game parks. Until recently, Lamu's airport terminal looked like this:
|Unfortunately the duty free selection was rather limited at Lamu Airport.|
Now, thanks to the blessings of budget airlines, it's become a lot easier to visit Lamu, although the proximity to Somalia, perhaps unsurprisingly, manages to keep visitor numbers down.
|Your first view of Downtown Lamu coming in from the airport.|
|A typical Lamu parking lot.|
|Rushing by on his donkey.|
|Prime beach front property- without the property.|
|The narrow alleys of Stone Town are short on bikini shops and cocktail bars, but awash in couleur locale.|
|Minor Sight's beach boys were a fit bunch!|
|My home is my castle. Note the beautifully carved door.|
|Another piece of 1001 Nights.|
|Stone Town's main square is where the action is...|
|... if playing board games is your idea of action, and if you're male!|
Flying is the quickest option. There are flights from Nairobi and Malindi. Hard-core travellers can take the chicken bus from Mombasa.
Minor Sights does believe that to live with fear is a life half lived, but do keep an eye on official travel security warnings. Lamu is practically shooting distance from Somalia and the fundamentalist Al Shabab has occasionally ventured into Kenya for attacks and kidnappings.
Lamu at UNESCO World Heritage