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Lamu Old Town, Kenya
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Lamu, Kenya

 

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The old town of Lamu is quick to get under your skin. Not only is this 12th century community steeped in the Swahili culture that once dominated the East African coast, it's tightly built along narrow lanes and characterized by intricately carved wooden doors and historic homes made of coral stone. Donkeys, the only means of transport at this UNESCO World Heritage Site, are sure to fascinate children. Shela and its unspoiled beaches are but a short stroll along the coast. Archeology ruins, mangroves and snorkeling are just a dhow ride away. What's more, the atmosphere is relaxed and this backwater town is yet undiscovered by the masses. That said, families in search of beach bars, sun loungers and banana boats should think twice before booking a Lamu vacation as there are few tourist trappings anywhere in the archipelago.
Tourist Attractions in Lamu Old Town
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Off Kenyatta Road

Lamu 80500

Coast Province, Kenya

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Swahili House Museum is a big hit with children as it depicts life in Lamu and provides insight to Swahili culture and traditions. A tour of this fully restored traditional s ...
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Harambee Avenue

Lamu 80500

Coast Province, Kenya

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Lamu Museum may be small but it offers family travelers a great introduction to the history and culture of the archipelago. Housed in a traditional 18th century Swahili home, ...
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Lamu 80500

Coast Province, Kenya

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The German Post Office Museum is by no means grand yet this minute collection offers insight to a brief moment in history and depicts the importance of the postal system in c ...
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Kenyatta Road

Lamu 80500

Coast Province, Kenya

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Lamu Fort may not be much of a museum but this massive multi-storied fortress has an interesting history and boasts exceptional views of Lamu Old Town. Built between 1813 and ...
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