Lamu Island, Kenya

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** LAMU ISLAND, KENYA **

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    WonderDiairies
    08 May 2019
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    Lamu Tamu – Sweet Lamu one of those places that definitely leaves a sankara. Lamu has a way to suprise you in many different ways from the food which is mostly sea food fresh and straight from the ocean. uhhh yum. The best thing about this is you can get a local fisherman to fish for you and take it to a local restaurant to prepare it for you as you watch. This can be done at a negotiable price from 500kes (5usd).
    So for adventure its a perfect location for a solo trip as it has very friendly folks who are ready to show you around( for a small fee of course or a meal). You can walk in the magical Island in like 2 -3 hours yep no cars in this place. You get around by using boats and dhows. Lamu is actually know for its 1st world recyclable dhow : flipiflopi. Hence a day dhow safari is a must. The safari starts at around 10am till 6pm. You get drinks and snacks but the most amazing is the food. They make the food on the dhow as you watch. After lunch you get to do some snorkeling in the white sandy beaches of Manda Toto where the water is clear blue making sure you jump in and bond with it. Then on the way black the view of the mangroves……. a full forest in the edges of the sea. where are my camera and view lovers at? yep this is your place. Then at around 5.30 pm the sun kisses the water with its rays one of the most surreal sunsets ever.
    Lamu is the home of culture you can tell from the buildings, the dressing ( you need to be decently dressed- no short shorts, bare backs at least not on the streets), the people, the language – they mostly speak Swahili but understand basic English). The museum is a must, plus the swahili house tour, town tour.
    As its archipelago of many more islands make sure you walk around shela for the road and sand dunes. Super romantic accomodation like Forodhani House. Manda for the most amazing sundowners at Majlis Hotel . Fishing and prawn eating in Pate. They specialize in dried prawns.

    Prices:
    The dhow safari ranges from 50USD( depending on the hours )
    Heena Painting ; from 8USD
    Accomodation : from 35USD ( for amazing places on Airbnb : you can check you Janat House, Jamala House, Forodhani House, Majlis Hotel, Diamond Place)
    Food : from 2USD

    Best time to visit: The cooler winter months of July and August, or from late November until the end of March. Lamu Festival is held in November a definite must.

    P:S :A lot of prices are negotiable :)

    For more on Lamu and its magic check out:
    https://wonderdiaries.co.ke/2018/10/19/a-weekend-in-lamu-is-just-not-enough/
    https://wonderdiaries.co.ke/2018/10/05/goodnight-kiss/

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