Lamu 2019

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Day 1
Lamu
2019-09-08T12:17:25

Aérodrome de Manda

Lamu Old Town was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2001.

The airport is only accessible by boat. It’s a short ride between the airport and Lamu Old Town (aka little paradise).

2019-09-08T12:42:02

Andavelo House

We fell in love with traditional Swahili architecture at Andavelo House. It’s absolutely beautiful. The House staff were amazing and very helpful.

2019-09-08T15:29:18

Mwana Arafa Restaurant Gardens

We stumbled on this place on our evening walk around town and stopped by for a quick dinner.

Day 2
Lamu
2019-09-09T08:22:30

Andavelo House

We started our second day, which was also Kewa’s birthday, with a yummy island style breakfast.

2019-09-09T15:50:45

The majlis lamu hotel

We had lunch and spent the rest of the day at the Majlis Resort. Our boat trip to and from Old Town was organized by the resort and included in our lunch bill. The Majlis Resort has a Private beach entrance.

Day 3
Lamu, Kilifi
2019-09-10T14:06:09

Andavelo House

Waiting for the rain to stop.

2019-09-08T12:33:45

Old Town

After the rains we went exploring Old Town which is rich in history as a former trading post. We found an island overflowing with Swahili, Indian, Arabic, and Chinese influences. Thus making it a rare, unique, and historical living heritage.

Lamu is one of the oldest Swahili settlements in east Africa. It is believed to have been established in 1370. Unlike other Swahili settlements which have been abandoned along the East African coast, Lamu has continuously been inhabited for over 700 years.

2019-09-08T14:58:50

16th Century Doors

We loved the details on elaborately carved wooded doors from the 16th century that were still stunning to look at.

2019-09-10T16:34:48

The Best Food in Lamu

We had the most amazing lunch at Lamu House Hotel’s Moonrise Restaurant on a Taco Tuesday!

2019-09-09T16:33:34

Whispers Coffee

Whispers Coffee was our last stop in Lamu. We had smoothies in the garden and moved inside afterwards.

Day 4
2019-09-11T10:02:05

Getting Around

Walking and Donkeys are the most popular modes of transport around Old Town because the streets are too narrow for cars. There’s a Donkey Sanctuary located by the waterfront. We preferred walking.

2019-09-11T10:02:18

Egyptian Cats

Lamu cats are believed to be descendants of ancient cats of Egyptian Pharaohs.

2019-09-11T10:05:35

Religion

Lamu was on the main Arabian trading routes, and as a result, the population is largely Muslim. Lamu has over 30 Mosques. However, we also found a Catholic Church not too far away from a Mosque.