Set in an archipelago of coral fringed islands, Lamu Town was a trading centre for spices and ivory for one hundred years. This tradition has contributed to the Swahili culture, a mix of african, arabian and indian influence. There are no cars on the island and transport is by dhow (traditional african sailing boat), donkey or foot.
The village of Shela is a tangle of narrow sandy lanes, stone houses covered with Makuti thatched roof, mosques, ruins and spacious squares edged with small shops.
The beach of Shela is one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. It’s crescent shape offers 12 kms of golden sand along the Indian ocean... ideal for swimming and long walks.
A normal day on the Island:
Waking up in the morning to enjoy a breakfast mixed with tropical fruits, pancakes and any other ingredients of your liking. Then take a walk down the beach and enjoy a swim in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, or simply sun bath under the warm sun of Africa with an enjoyable book. Your lunch will then be ready for you as you come back to the house, where you can expect fresh fish or sea food caught the night before by local fishermen, accompanied with tasty vegetables. The afternoons tend to be very relaxed due to the heat, so a lot of people like to relax and take a siesta, or enjoy some time together on the roof top terrace. Later on, you can walk down to the Peponi hotel and enjoy a nice drink, while meeting some other people vacationing on the Island. After that a delicious three course meal will be waiting for you at the house, and you can then enjoy a warm drink on the roof top terrace or simply call it a day.
You will discover that Lamu is a magical island that can transform you from a tense workaholic to a self-indulgent sloth in a matter of hours. There are two words in the Swahili language that can pretty much sum up your holiday and that you will probably bring back home, ''Pole, Pole'' meaning take it easy, and ''Hakuna Matata'' meaning no problem.
Take a look at our activities page to discover what are the other activities offered around the Island.