Lamu Island

Lamu Old Town is the oldest place in East Africa. It is also considered as the best-preserved Swahili settlement of the same area, where it has successfully retained most of its traditional architectural delights and cultural functions.

Lamu Old Town exudes the simplicity of its structural forms. The place is magnificently built in mangrove timber and coral stone. It has a picturesque of traditional houses, elaborate carved wooden doors, and extravagant verandas. The town features inner courtyards dating back to thousands of years ago. Being a remarkable center for the study of Islamic and Swahili cultures, Lamu has hosted many major Muslim festivals since the 19th century.

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Fast Facts About Lamu Island

Location: Northern Coast of Kenya, bordering Tana River County in the southwest, Garissa County to the north, Republic of Somalia to the northeast and the Indian Ocean to the South

Area (in km2): 6,273.1 km2

Road Network: Bitumen Surface (6 km), Gravel Surface (161.1 km), Earth Surface (521.5 km)

Mode of Transportation: Predominantly donkeys

Climate or Weather: Average temperature is 27.3oC and rainfall averages 950 mm per annum

Population: 101,539 (52% Male and 48% Female)

Age Distribution: 0-14 years (41.7%), 15-64 years (54.8%), and 65+ years (3.5%)

Annual Growth Rate: 2.47%

Health Facilities: 42 – District Hospitals (1), Sub-District Hospitals (2), Dispensaries (20), Health Centers (5), Medical Clinics (13), Nursing Home (1)

Little is known about this peaceful and beautiful sanctuary. And we intend on changing that. There are numerous reasons why Lamu is a glorious island-town in Kenya, and it is unfortunate how only a few have witnessed its marvel.

Described as Africa’s forgotten coast, Lamu Island is packed with an amazing history and interesting present. The historic sites and rich aromas of spices will take you back to remembering its golden years when the Portuguese, British and Omanis fought for control over the jewel of the Lamu Archipelago.

Its town is laden with an architecture that’s beyond compare. Its infrastructures are constructed from a mixture of white limestone and coral. If you look closely into each premise, you will be stunned by its detailed carvings and intricate woodwork.

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You will enjoy exploring the town on foot or by donkeys. Donkeys are the mode of transportation in Lamu, and riding them is considered as one of the best ways to experience the Swahili culture.

Lamu Town in Kenya is a great place to know and explore. Let’s begin your discovery through this page. If you have any questions about Lamu Island or the website, please feel free to contact us. We will be happy to answer any of your queries.

Not a lot of travel sites have featured this Lamu Island in their blogs because it is a place that was once covered in mystery and majesty. The archipelago has improved but there are still only a few motorized vehicles in the area. Instead of doing your usual runaround in the island using a motorbike, why not try to ride on one of the available donkeys in the area. It will give you a new appreciation of the culture and the people, in general. It is a form of immersion that a tourist can do when one visits a relatively unknown town or island.

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