Lamu: the Edge of Africa


Lamu lies on the edge of the African continent.


More than 600 years ago, Swahili settlers made their home on the tiny island, and today Lamu retains the Swahili, Arab and Portuguese influences that have been part of its history.


There are no roads on Lamu Island, and very few vehicles.


Over 3,000 donkeys are the transport vehicles of choice, and they roam the alleys freely.


Lamu also has a donkey sanctuary where donkeys are treated for free.



Most of the population is Muslim, and there are 23 mosques on the island.


Visitors know isolated Lamu as a place to get away from the world.


The only access to the island is by boat, from either the mainland or from the Manda airport on the neighboring island.


From there, a 5-minute ride by water taxi will take you to Lamu Town.


We were just passing through Lamu on our way to the mainland, so we only had a few hours to eat lunch and walk through the maze of alleys between structures and explore the town.


After a quick tour on foot through the town, it was time to find a ride to the mainland.


After some haggling and clambering down to the water with our suitcases, we were a short 15-minute ride from the mainland.


Lamu, it just wasn’t long enough to fully experience your charm.


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