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The Island of Lamu

Founded in the 7th century, Lamu still reflects the typical picture of the old Arabic dhow ports. Not only the Swahili-culture has its roots in Lamu but also hand finished, richly carved furniture and doors. Old 18th century stone houses, women dressed in the traditional bui-bui, donkey caravans, fisherman in their dhows with huge triangular sails giving the atmosphere of the busy days of the past. 

The narrow streets do not allow any other traffic other than the almost 4,000 donkeys which take the place of cars, lorries and taxis. Perhaps, once or twice a day, one will encounter the islands only car driving along the seashore. Lamu is the starting point for the famous Island-hopping, trips with dhows and boats to Pate Island or Manda Island with its enormous white, sandy beach and the ancient town ruins of Takwa.

 
Kipungani Explorer

A place of fresh air and perfect peace. Located on the ancient Arabian island-paradise of Lamu, Kipungani is one of Africa’s most remote, relaxing, and richly romantic coastal hideaways.  Overlooking the tranquil waters of the sheltered Kipungani Channel, on the remote southwestern tip of Lamu Island, Kipungani is a dream destination for those seeking a true away-from-it-all desert island holiday. After a 90-minute flight from Nairobi, you will be met at Manda Island and transported by boat to the lodge.

 
Peponi Hotel

Peponi is a small hotel on the exotic island of Lamu. The hotel is still run by the Korschen family, who opened the hotel in 1967 and retains much of the character and charm that it had then. Small and personal, it is the perfect rest after a safari or a hide away holiday from modern life.

 
Kijani House Hotel

In the village of Shela, in the island of Lamu, Kijani House offers a unique accommodation with its 3000 sq. meters of tropical garden, which leads directly to the sea, and two fresh water swimming pools.

 
Kiwayu Safari Village

Kiwayu Safari Village is a barefoot luxury retreat on a deserted stretch of white beach facing out over the Indian Ocean. Kiwayu is located on the Kenya mainland in the most remote Dodori National Reserve some 30 miles north of Lamu Island, in a breathtakingly beautiful bay opposite Kiwayu Island.

 
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