Founded in the 14th century, Lamu is the best-preserved Swahili settlement in East Africa. A UNESCO World Heritage site, this historic Swahili town is home to wandering donkeys and dhows, with only a handful of vehicles allowed on the island. Lamu Town on Lamu Island is Kenya’s oldest continually inhabited town and is believed to have been established in 1370.

Over the centuries, the island has been inhabited by Asians, Persians, Indians, Europeans and Kenyans, and as a result it has a unique charm of blended cultures. The town contains the Lamu Fort on the seafront, 23 mosques and a donkey sanctuary.

Large infrastructure projects are threatening to change the island forever so it may be a case of seeing Lamu in all its age-old splendour, before it’s too late. 

Also, getting there is part of the adventure.

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