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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.

 
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