A town in Lamu Island which is part of an archipelago, it’s a place like no other. If you want to decompress and get away from the hustle and bustle of city life, this is the place to be. It felt like a place where time stood still. No cars (no traffic!), donkeys all over the narrow streets and obviously their manure too. They use dhows and donkeys as their main form of transportation and it all felt so surreal.
You can enjoy dhow safaris that take you beyond Lamu into the surrounding archipelago. There you will find isolated villages, ancient ruins and a few luxurious and exclusive resorts that lie hidden among the islands of Manda, Siyu, Pate and Kiwayu.
The main attraction is the Lamu Old Town which is a UNESCO World Heritage Centre. It is considered the oldest and best preserved example of Swahili settlement in East Africa with its narrow streets and magnificent stone buildings with impressive curved doors, influenced by unique fusion of Swahili, Arabic, Persian, Indian and European building styles.
While walking through the streets, we found another piece of heaven called the Whisper’s Garden. Its great place to be if you want to catch your breath and have something to eat or drink. It’s quiet and the garden has a perimeter wall made from coral.
We stayed at Nyota House in Lamu Town which was amazing! The rooftop was the best part of it with a great view and there was a pool at the ground floor. And of course there was Harrison who gave us the best service. Check it out if you are looking for a place to stay, it’s a four bedroom house with three baths.