10 Lovely Must-Visit Destinations In Lamu

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‘Pole Pole’, meaning move it slow, is Lamu’s most said Swahili phrase. There has never been a hurry in Lamu. Lamu is one town that has preserved its indigenous aura, culture and way of life as inspired by a blend of Arabs, Portuguese and Swahili. Lamu oozes a sleepy bohemian vibe.

So why exactly should you make Lamu your next destination?

  1. Come Travel Kenya will make for you a mind-blowing travel pack and itinerary, you may be tempted to rent a Swahili townhouse for a few months.
  2. Lamu is the most serene and peaceful coastal town you will ever encounter
  3. Lamu has very little tourist traffic unlike Mombasa and Malindi
  4. Lamu is a continuous sip of uniqueness, epic culture and smooth life, all in one cup.
  5. The ruins in Lamu are rich in archaeological history
  6. The beaches of Lamu are pure, rarely explored and not polluted and
  7. The sunsets…


But first, let us delve into the Must- Visit destinations in Lamu Town


Lamu Old Town


You must explore the timeless charm of Lamu Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, where history whispers through narrow streets and ancient architecture. Here feels like walking in an epic thriller movie.

Believe it or not, Lamu Old Town still looks like it did in the 12th century only that the surroundings are fairly civilized. The narrow streets can blow any architect’s hats off.


Shela Beach


Shela Beach is a great destination. I am talking about relaxing on the pristine sands of Shela Beach, where the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean meet the golden shore. The narrow beach channels open into the ocean, Shela Village, the dunes and more deserted beaches.

A stroll here will cure your chaos and waves of tranquillity will wash over you. Many who visited Lamu, chose to stay, for a while…


Lamu Fort


Visiting here is like taking a step back in time at Lamu Fort, a majestic 19th-century fortress standing tall as a testament to the island’s rich history. Fort is a symbol of pure majesty.


Dhow Sailing


Dhows and donkeys are the only means of transport in Lamu town. There are only two vehicles – one for the governor and an ambulance for donkeys. The traditional dhow sailing is an experience like no other.

You will enjoy the serenity of dhow sailing at sunset, gliding across the calm waters of Lamu Island. The sunsets at Manda Island are my favourite. Manda is an uninhabited, palm-fringed vastness that spills into the Ras Kitau. You have to see it to feel the magic.


Swahili Culture


Immerse yourself in the vibrant Swahili culture of Lamu, from traditional music and dance to exquisite local cuisine. You have not listened to music until you hear the ode, played by an indigenous Banjuni.

It is music made in heaven – seamless and deep. International trade between Lamu and Oman, Zanzibar and India has resulted in a blend of cuisines that will tantalize your palate. Biryanis, curries, couscous, pasta, coconut rice, Mango chutney and seafood await in Lamu.

There is a simple sophistication around Lamu, that you will never experience in any other part of the world.


Kiunga Marine National Reserve:


there is a lot to discover in the underwater wonders of Kiunga Marine National Reserve, a paradise for snorkelers and divers. It is impossible to write about the adventures of the underwater world. One must just live it.


Ruined City of Takwa


Beyond the secrets of Lamu’s past at the Lamu Museum, showcasing artefacts and stories of the island’s storied heritage, there is a whole city that was abandoned in the 17th century.

A community fled the city, and no one knows why and where they disappeared. There are myths around this city that will leave your hairs standing in curiosity, and a little fear.


Mangrove Forests:


Adventure through the lush mangrove forests of Lamu, a haven for wildlife and natural beauty is a lifetime achievement. Beyond the mangrove lies the remote islets and secluded lagoons. This is no few days adventure. We are renting a Swahili townhouse in Sheba for you. Many Westerners, in search of peace, live here.


Lamu Donkey Sanctuary


Come Travel Kenya Limited is a champion for Responsible Tourism. Something noble must come from your visit to Lamu.  The Lamu Donkey Sanctuary is a refuge dedicated to the well-being of the island’s hardworking donkeys.

If you want to contribute towards the well-being of these lovely animals that make life fluid in Lamu Town, then you are home.


Get Lost in the maze and labyrinth of sand and dunes on the Markets,


You will get a chance to wander through the bustling local markets of Lamu, where vibrant colours and aromatic spices fill the air. You may just get intoxicated by the aromas of the Lamu market.

You may be wondering where to go next, how to cool off after a long struggle with something or chaos in your life, Lamu got you. ‘Karibu Lamu’ where life moves, ‘pole pole’.

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