Lamu Town is the oldest continuously inhabited Swahili town on the East African coast and it dates back to the 16th century. The town’s vernacular architecture—coral walls spanned by mangrove poles, inner courtyards and arched openings—and its narrow winding streets conducive to pedestrian traffic and donkeys (not cars) have won the hearts of visitors to the island. In 2001, UNESCO recognized Lamu as a World Heritage Site for its contribution to world culture.
It is an authentic adventure to shop along Lamu’s narrow streets, to stop in the bustling market for fresh fruit or to take a guided tour to learn some of the local history. Lamu offers a wide range of accommodation, from elegant hotels and charming guesthouses to palatial private homes.
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