Lamu is a truly unique place, a peaceful tropical island where life is lived at its own relaxed rhythm, but a place at the same time has a deeply mysterious and fascinating history as the winding streets of its medieval stone town.
On the island itself, you will find rolling dunes, endless beaches, as well as the presence of tiny fishing villages nestled among coconut trees and mango plantations, dotted with long-sailed dhows (sailboats) made by skilled craftsmen. However, Lamu's Old Town is the real attraction of the island.
The town of Lamu originated from a Swahili settlement dating back to the 14th century, but the island has also been the site of many diverse influences over the centuries, including Portuguese explorers, Turkish traders, and Omani Arabs. Lamu has emerged with its own culture over time, which has endured to this day, despite all the influences it has been exposed to.
Lamu's narrow streets haven't changed much for centuries, and in the markets and squares around the fort, life moves at the same pace it has always done. Lamu Island lacks any vehicular transportation, and donkeys and dhows remain the dominant modes of transportation. Lamu is known for its strong culture built on respect for tradition and customs, which is why it is a strong society built on its respect for the past.