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Last weekend I had the pleasure of traveling to one of my “must visit places” in Kenya.
Lamu -located 467km from Nairobi is the oldest town in Kenya,  the unspoiled beaches, mangroove forest and remote archipelago make this place a hidden treasure.

Coastal towns generally interest me due to their long and rich history, and Lamu epitomizes this.

Our home for the weekend was the luxury resort Majlis located on Manda island ( if you follow me on snap you will agree was the hotel was exquisite)

Here is my Lamu to do list in a nutshell,

1.Visit the towns:

Shela island was my first stop. The town is beautiful, the buildings are made of coral stone. The streets very clean, for a minute I wanted to take my shoes off and join the rest of the locals who are happy to walk around bare foot.

I also went to Lamu, walking through the old town- which is the oldest and best preserved swahili settlement in East Africa- was like going back in time.  The coral buildings were centuries old, the town is characterized by narrow streets, huge doors with arabic style decorations and yes there were donkeys trotting through, carrying everything from people to soft drinks to building materials.

2. Eat their food:

Whenever am on holiday I eat, a lot! And when at the coast I prefer seafood, needless to say Lamu didn’t disappoint. Whether it was at the 5 star restaurant at the hotel, the dinner in the Dhow under the stars or the local shack where we had Lunch over looking the busy streets the meals were delicious, I  mean finger licking good and oh so Swahili…

3. Go on a sunset Dhow cruise:

Ok, so I always wanted to go on one of these, so when my beau told me that the entire dhow was just for us! I was so excited. The crew served us drinks, told us stories of their expeditions and sang swahili songs, later they laid out a gorgeous dinner under the stars – it was one of the most romantic things ever and the highlight of my trip.

I truly enjoyed my Lamu experience, I lived the Lamu Tamu life, laid back, simple and most of all authentic.

Enjoy the pics

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A mosque in Lamu Town

 

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Shops in Shela Island

 

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Speed boat, Dhow or Donkey. These are the only means of transportation in Lamu

 

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Dhow at Shela Island

 

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Tanned- The Majlis Hotel

 

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The Majlis Hotel

 

 

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Fish Samosas? Yes please

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Until next Tuesday

Xx

Nelly