Lamu Island and Archipelago, all of the same name, lie 2 degrees below the Equator on Kenya's northern coast. The archipelago is a chain of Islands separated from the mainland by a narrow channel bordered with dense mangrove forest and protected from the Indian Ocean by coral reefs and large sand dunes.
The island has been a port of varying importance for thousands of years, in the 2nd century, the Greeks knew of this coast and called it Azania and later, in the 9th and 10th centuries Arab and Persian traders and settlers called it Bilad-al-Zenj. Their small settlements grew into fiercely independent city-states, which brought forth a distinct Arab-African culture called Swahili
A thousand years of trade, settlement and Islamic expansion has resulted in the people of Lamu being devout followers of Islam and the town is a place of religious pilgrimage where Muslims from all over eastern Africa gather every year to celebrate Maulidi festival, the Prophet Muhammad’s birthday. Lamu is remote even by Kenyan standards. There are few cars on the island, one for the district commissioner and 1 tractor for the count council and 2 tuck tucks working as ambulances to help local sick people reach the hospital in time and a way of life from and earlier age is still intact.Day 1 - Nairobi to Lamu
You will be transferred from your hotel or jomokenyatta airport and drive to Wilson Airport for your scheduled flight to Lamu, flying time is approximately 1hr 45mins. On arrival you will be met, your luggage collected and being escorted to the jetty. Arrive in the hotel for check-inn. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.Days 2 to 4 - Lamu
Enjoy the lazy mood of this beautiful Swahili Island. For the active there is plenty of water sports, for the more relaxed there are quiet places in the hotel grounds, by the pool or on the verandah of your room. Meals served in the waterside restaurant are delicious, particularly the seafood which comes fresh from the waters around the island. You can choose a boat ride to Lamu town for shopping and guided walk to the museum, Lamu fort, the market and the old and famous Riadha Mosque. You will be given the life history of the founder of the Riadha mosque (Habib Swaleh). Dinner and overnightDays 5 - Lamu to Nairobi
sadly, after lunch you will wave farewell to the new found friends at Lamu. Transfer by boat to the airport for your scheduled flight to Nairobi. On arrival in Nairobi you will be met and transferred to the hotel or the International airport for your flight back home.