(text taken from 'Lamu, where history lives’)
The trade winds of the Indian Ocean have been bringing the world to the East African Coast for over a thousand years. In the remote archipelago of Lamu, the local people have a long established tradition of welcoming travellers.
The Lamu Archipelago today remains as mystical, exotic and serene as ever. The old stone town is a World Heritage Site, a place where culture, history and custom are all blended into a truly unique way of life. Lamu is unaffected by the pace of change of the Western world, where the wisdom of the past plays a part in present, and the pace of life is measured by the progress of the graceful dhows that sail among the islands.
The white and deserted sandy beaches of Shela, sailing on a dhow, streets just wide enough for one fully laden donkey to pass, Swahili women dressed in black bui bui, their hands painted with henna, the colorful beach boys singing “Hakuna Matata, Don’t worry be Happy”, the rich Swahili culture and the warm welcome of the inhabitants make your visit to Lamu an unforgettable experience and a place you will want to return to.