Lamu Old Town, Lamu Island

A blend of Arab and African architecture characterizes Lamu Old Town, the oldest and best-preserved Swahili settlement on the East African coast. Built in coral stone and mangrove timber, this vibrant bustling town provides a functional urban core with a vibrant traditional market and artisan shops. The site also features a donkey sanctuary, as donkeys are the only means of delivery here. Listen for the call of a muezzin as you tour narrow alleys, inner courtyards, and verandas, or pass through impressive carved wooden doors. Climb to the top of some of the buildings for a panorama of a living ancient town. Make Lamu Old Town part of your personalized Lamu Island itinerary using our Lamu Island route planning site.
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  • Lamu, considered as one of best honey moon destination, however, when you come here, better avoid lamu town. It’s far away from romantic, conviennent, agreeable. Sorry to say so, despite the UNESCO...  more »
  • So, I am a westerner and perhaps my experience will be different, but... The people selling guided tours are crazy, and annoying. If it isn’t just following me from plane to the next morning at my...  more »

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