The old Swahili town of Lamu
Trip Start May 03, 2011
148Trip End Jan 31, 2013
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The bus ride took us to the shore where we have to take a taxi boat to Lamu island
Lamu is an amazing place in many ways: there is no traffic like matatu’s, boda boda’s or bajaj’s; there are only donkeys to transport goods and people; people are very religious and are found in the many mosques on the island; because of the religion there are only 2 places where you can get alcohol. The people live as a community and keep each other alive by working and consuming in their own small economy. There were little tourists on the island and if they are there they are all found at 'mzungu beach’.
For me this meant walking around a bit in the many narrow streets and enjoy the authentic atmosphere of this special place. Eat some food from the street and try to talk to some people to get to know a bit more about how life is on Lamu. One of the dhow captains persuaded me to do a trip and together with a Kenyan couple from Nairobi we had a nice time sailing and visiting the floating house. It was a bit rainy that day but still nice.
- You can go by bus to Lamu but check the latest situation before you do
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