Shela, Kenya
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Shela, Kenya

 

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The scene of a great battle and massacre in the mid 18th century, Shela (also spelled Shella) is today a refuge for well-heeled tourists in the know. Situated on the northwest tip of Lamu Island, this tiny village with but a minaret is in the throws of a high-end tourist boom. The old houses, many of which have been bought by foreigners, are now extravagant holiday homes. And while many have been stylishly refurbished, there is only way to describe others, kitsch. But don't let the jet set deter you; the trek along the dirt lane from Lamu leads you right to the beach, an endless stretch of sand that is accessible to everyone.
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Shela

Lamu 80500

Coast Province, Kenya

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Dune-fringed Shela Beach extends for 12km (7 miles) along Lamu's western coast. In contrast to the much-lauded Manda Beach, which all but disappears at high tide, Shela Beach ...
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Shela

Lamu 80500

Coast Province, Kenya

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The Friday Mosque, built in 1829, may be the only cultural attraction in Shela (also spelled Shella) but it is interesting nonetheless. The Mosque's rocket-shaped minaret is ...
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