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Lamu Island: A UNESCO World Heritage Site with well-preserved Swahili culture.

Lamu Island is a UNESCO Global Heritage Site that features an unparalleled glimpse into the rich historical Swahili people group. Moor off the coast of Kenya, it has an entire blend of history, traditions, and natural loveliness. With narrow, winding roads of Lamu Old Municipality, where centuries-old organizations stand a declaration to the island’s story tense. Marveling at complex bent wooden doors, coral rock organizations, and scampering bazaars that remain generally unaltered for divisions! Becoming part of a local way of life, where donkeys are the operative mode of transportation and dhows elegantly cruising the cerulean waters. Staying at the Lamu Fortress, the Swahili House Museum, and delighting in the tranquil beaches that offer an ideal escape from an innovative planet. Lamu Island is not just an intention; it’s a passage back in time, offering a scarce and palpable societal practice.

Itinerary

This itinerary balances cultural exploration, relaxation, and local immersion, providing a comprehensive and enriching experience of Lamu Island.

Day 1: Arrival and Exploring Lamu Old Town

Arrive in Lamu, either by flight to Lamu Airport or by boat from the mainland. Check into your hotel or guesthouse and take some time to settle in. Begin your exploration with a leisurely stroll through Lamu Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Admire the centuries-old architecture, intricate wooden doors, and narrow streets. Visit the Lamu Museum to learn about the island’s rich history and Swahili culture. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant and experience the flavors of Swahili cuisine. Overnight stay in Lamu Old Town.

Day 2: Cultural Immersion and Beach Relaxation

Start your day with a visit to the Lamu Fort and the Swahili House Museum to gain deeper insights into the island’s past. Afterward, head to Shela Village, a short walk or boat ride away. Explore Shela’s charming streets and relax on its pristine beaches. Have lunch at one of the beachfront restaurants. In the afternoon, enjoy a dhow sailing excursion along the coast, taking in the serene views and perhaps stopping at Manda Island for a swim. Return to Lamu Old Town for dinner and another overnight stay.

Day 3: Visit to Local Workshops and Manda Island

Begin with a tour of local workshops where artisans create traditional Swahili crafts, such as intricately carved woodwork and woven mats. Support local artists by purchasing unique souvenirs. Afterward, take a boat trip to Manda Island. Visit the ruins of Takwa, an ancient Swahili settlement, and learn about its history. Enjoy a picnic lunch on the island’s quiet beaches. Spend the afternoon swimming and relaxing before heading back to Lamu. Conclude your day with a sunset dhow cruise, followed by dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight stay in Lamu Old Town.

Day 4: Leisure and Departure

Spend your final morning at leisure, exploring any remaining sights in Lamu Old Town or simply relaxing by the water. Consider a visit to the donkey sanctuary to learn about the island’s beloved animals. Have a leisurely lunch before checking out of your accommodation. Transfer back to the airport or mainland for your departure, taking with you unforgettable memories of Lamu’s rich culture and tranquil beauty.

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Important Information

Packing Tips:

  • Lightweight, breathable clothing suitable for warm weather.
  • Comfortable walking shoes for exploring the town and ruins.
  • Swimwear and beachwear for relaxing by the water.
  • Sun protection: hat, sunscreen, and sunglasses.
  • Insect repellent for evenings.

Additional Notes:

  • Respect local customs and dress modestly, especially in town.
  • Always follow the guidance of local tour operators and respect wildlife and cultural sites.
  • Ensure you have enough cash, as card facilities may be limited.

Terms & Conditions

Prices are “from”, per person, based on 2 adults and 2 children (under the age of 12) sharing, and include all taxes. Subject to availability. 4 nights’ accommodation in an aparthotel in London. Breakfast daily. Day touring as per the itinerary.

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