Lamu – The Pride of Kenya

By Sarrah Murtaza

Lamu! A beautiful and peaceful tropical island. Perhaps one of the oldest town in Kenya dating back to 1370s. Initially, a Swahili settlement but the Portuguese, Omanis, Turkish all left a bit of their footprints.

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PHOTO: Husein Mohamedali

As you relish this breathtaking Island, taking it all in a go.. The dhows and canoes bobbing up and down as if in a rhyme with the crashing waves. The endless beaches surrounded by mangrove plantation. The aroma of sea and salt makes it all more magical.

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PHOTO: Husein Mohamedali

The locals clad in their vests and ” lungis ”(kikoi) are a friendly bunch eager to show you around. The island boasts of exotic seafood and tropical drinks making your taste buds tingle for more. The donkey wide alleys has no room for cars. That just makes one succumb to the slow and relaxed life.

Dhow sailing

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PHOTO: Husein Mohamedali

As you watch the sun set filling the sky with crimson hues is an eye candy… Trips to exotic Islands like Siyu, Manda, Pate and Kiwayu can get your adrenaline pumping as you sail across the seas. And for those adventure lot the fishing trips are a must!

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PHOTO: Husein Mohamedali

Lamu, a romantic place so close to my heart. A place where my father in law built a small Inn formerly known as Lamu guest house and now Sea Shells Inn (Don’t forget to book us if you are there) where the likes of the late Omar sharrif stayed with us when he was shooting for his movie ” The mountain of the moon”

Don’t forget to add this mysterious and magical place to your bucket list… Lamu Tamu!

Sarrah Murtaza lives in Mombasa, Kenya and is a mother to three wonderful boys. An accountant by profession, she runs a successful restaurant in Mombasa, specializing in African and Swahili cuisine. Sarah is also an avid reader. Her ‘love affair’ with reading started when she was five, when her sister gifted her first book, ‘The Red Riding Hood’.


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