Lamu Island is an island off the north coast of Kenya
in the Indian Ocean. This is small island of Lamu is considered
by many to be one of Kenya’s greatest treasures. Since the
1970’s, Lamu and its neighboring villages have been a prime
destination for the rich and famous. With a population of 13,000,
Lamu one of Kenya’s oldest Swahili settlements dates back
to the 14th century, it has remained largely unchanged by history.
Here one finds a relaxed, welcoming atmosphere. There are very few
western influences visible; no cars, just narrow winding streets
full of exotic charm.
Arriving in Lamu may feel like you’re in another world! Everything
was so exotic, relaxed and romantic. The culture is so different
than in the other parts of Kenya, time seems to have stood still.
Once you land at the airstrip, you will be taken to your hotel by
dhow (local small sailboat) which glides through the warm Indian
Ocean. Your senses will be overwhelmed by the amazing seafood, smells
of intoxicating tropical flowers, and the call to prayers in the
setting sun. It truly felt like a step back in time, to a place
where “time” had become a meaningless word.