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Lamu Travel Guide

Lamu Travel Guide

Lamu Travel Guide Lamu is an archipelago, an island and a town. Lamu town is the oldest living Swahili town in Kenya, lies on Lamu Island, which is part of the Lamu Archipelago in the northern corner of Kenya, the Town was founded in the 14th century, contains many fine examples of Swahili architecture.

Lamu was on the main Arabian trading routes, as a result more than 95% of the population is Muslim, and you are just as likely to hear Arabic and Kiswahili.

Lamu Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, registered on the 14 December 2001 as "the oldest and best-preserved Swahili settlement in East Africa". The streets of Lamu are narrow, cool and quiet, due to the narrowness of these, there are no vehicles on Lamu Town, and the city can be easily explored by foot, bicycle or donkey.

Lamu Town can only be reached by boat, traditional dhows are the dominant form of transport, there is an airport on Manda, where regular flights arrive and depart to and from Malindi and Mombasa.

Lamu town is an important cultural centre, as a national monument the old town of Lamu has several museums, managed and maintained by the National Museums of Kenya. The most important are the Lamu Museum, home to extreme beautiful Swahili ethnography exhibits; the Lamu Fort, built in 1814 by Bwana Zeid Ngumi, the last Sultan of Lamu; the Swahili House Museum; and the German Post Office Museum, dedicated to the postal service when it was operational in the late 19-20th Century.

Lamu Travel Guide Lamu town has a rich living culture, each year hosts the popular Maulidi Festival, and about 20,000 religious tourists come to Lamu town to attend this festival. Maulidi commemorates the birth of Prophet Muhammad, it usually takes place in early June, includes a procession from Riyadha Mosque to the grave of Habib Swalleh, bao games, henna painting, donkey races, traditional dhow races, and Islamic calligraphy competitions.

You can spent you days in Lamu, exploring the old town, relaxing on the beaches (may be the best in all of Kenya)

Lamu is mainly a Muslim community, people have welcoming attitudes with visitors, Lamu society was built on a respect for the past, locals are great believers in tradition and custom, please remember to be considerate of the localís beliefs, dress conservatively, it is recommended to use a kikoy (a Kenyan sarong) when you are walking in the village.

To visit Lamu is to enter another world; visitors can enjoy a large collection of heritage, cultural attractions, historical sites, beautiful beaches and glorious seascapes. Lamu is a wonderful place to visit.

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