Lamu Old Town

The World Heritage Committee inscribed Lamu Old Town on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2001.

The most outstanding expression of Lamu Old Town is its architecture and distinctly unique Swahili culture. The town of Lamu began life as a 14th century Swahili settlement, of which was influenced by many visitors and influences, including Portuguese explorers, Turkish traders and the Omani Arabs.

All left their mark, but Lamu developed its own particular culture, which has ultimately endured.

Lamu’s narrow streets remain unchanged, and in the markets and squares around the fort life moves at the same pace as it always has.

There are no vehicles on this island, and the donkey and the dhow remain the dominant form of transport.

The people of Lamu are great believers in tradition and custom. For the traveler, Lamu is a hypnotically exotic experience, made even more enjoyable by the relaxed and welcoming attitudes of the locals.

To visit Lamu is to enter another world, and the visitors finds themselves becoming a part of this world/ society. Life slows down, and long days are spent strolling along the waterfront, exploring the town or relaxing on the beaches.

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