Kenya Beach Safari
A Kenya Beach Safari would not be complete without visiting LAMU, a very historical town. Infact, it is so small that you could walk from one corner to the next in under one hour.
Lamu is such a historic town though. It came to being around the 1300's. Some of the buildings constructed then are still in use.
The buildings are made of coral stone and mangrove timber. The doors are remarkable. They are huge and yet hand carved.
I remember when we went there and we needed a place to stay. We found a guest house that was over 400 years old. I had a room to myself and I couldn't sleep all night as I kept thinking..'what if this house is haunted'.
How to get there:
You can take a bus upto Mokowe and take a short boat ride into the island. You could also fly to Manda Island and take a boat ride from there to Lamu.
Where to stay:
There is a good selection of guest houses, hotels and lodges. Here is a few that I would recommend. Petley's Inn, the oldest hotel in Kenya. There are only two rooms facing the sea so you could ask for one of those when you get there. Amu House is a house formerly owned by an American that is very attractive and welcoming. Casuarina Rest House is a beautiful place to stay. It has an excellent waterfront roof terrace.
Here are some interesting things you can do in Lamu.
Explore Lamu Town
Lamu town is small but beautiful. It lakes less than a day to get through the whole of it. Ancient buildings, magnificent architecture and simplicity are the best way to describe this town. In relation to architecture, the buildings are made of stone and are built in an open, topless box like design, with an open courtyard. The houses are on two to three floors and they face each other. The cellings are supported by huge mangrove tree logs.
Visit Lamu Museum:
Built in 1891, the Lamu Museum was the former residence of the British Governors during the colonial era. Here, you will experience and learn about the rich Swahili culture that is ever so evident in Lamu Town.
Take a Dhow Trip:
A dhow is a traditional Arab sailing vessel with more than one lateen sails. Dhow trips are the ultimate experience on a trip to Lamu. They are relatively inexpensive and you can go as far as Manda Island, Takwa Ruins or Matondoni.
Go on, treat yourself to the ultimate Kenya Beach Safari.........
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