I hope you find this site useful. It is is intended to be a snap-shot glimpse into my home on Lamu Island in Kenya. It will be regularly be updated with journal entries and photos to keep you current and connected with the place. However because my house is also a holiday rental, I intend this site to be a tool for you to see the property for yourself, to learn about rental information, and to contact me if you wish. Take your time, and enjoy!

Thursday, 17 May 2012

Activities in Lamu

Whatever you decide to do for fun, our caretaker will be ready to assist you.

Lamu town:  A couple of hours spent exploring the Lamu museum is an excellent introduction to the culture and history of Lamu.  From here you can wander off into town where you can allow yourself to get lost in the narrow streets, discover Lamu’s intimate corners and beautifully carved doors, shop along the main street or relax on the seafront or the market square. Also worth visiting are the fort and the Swahili House museum.  A guide can be organized for the town visit.  Note that the people of Lamu are predominantly Muslim.  Visitors are asked to respect local custom, thus shorts and revealing clothes are not generally appreciated.

Takwa ruins on Manda island: a 3 hours round trip by dhow will take you through some beautiful mangrove forests.  There is plenty of shade at the ruins and some amazing baobab trees to be seen.  The trip has to be made when the tide is high.

Dhow trips:  From a few hours at sunset to a whole day out, sailing on one of Lamu’s traditional dhows is a wonderfully relaxing experience.  The local captains and their friendly crews will take you fishing, snorkeling or swimming...and a beach barbeque is normally included.  Manda Toto and Zinika are good locations for snorkeling.

Beach: the best beaches are beyond Shela village, a 15 min boat ride from Lamu town, walk beyond the fort for great vistas and waves.

Kayak expeditions: contact Sanddollar expeditions on www.sanddollarexpeditions.com for short or overnight kayak expeditions.

Wind surfing, deep sea fishing: This can be organised through Peponi Hotel in Shela.
Yoga: Monica at Banana house (Shela village) offers daily yoga classes, in the morning from 9 till 10, afternoon from 5 till 6pm.  Tel: 0721 / 275538 or banana@africaonline.co.ke

Wining and dining:
  there are many restaurants along the seafront, from local to more chique, alcohol is only served in the foreign owned restaurants and bars.

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