I’m notorious for chasing sunsets anywhere I go. I’ll most likely be the first to “oohh” and “aahh” over the vivid colours lingering over the skyline, particularly when the sun happens to be setting over the ocean.
In this regard, Lamu did not disappoint.
Found off the north coast of Kenya, Lamu Island is a hidden treasure yet to fully be discovered and explored by the world. And if you happen to love the charm of quaint, old towns, you’re going to fall in love with this place! Here are 5 reasons why you should make your way to Lamu as soon as possible:
- As one of Kenya’s oldest towns, you can rest assured that there’s an abundance of interesting cultural elements waiting to be discovered in Old Town, Lamu. Named one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites, the island boasts several historical landmarks that have yet been tainted by modern day technology and infrastructures. The Swahili architecture, Lamu Fort and Lamu Museum are just a few of the aspects oozing old charm.
2. If you happen to love food, and more specifically sea food, then you’re in for the time of your life. It never ceased to amaze me how often you’d watch the fishermen catch your dinner (be it squid or oysters) and within a couple of hours it’s ready to be devoured. There’s a unique appeal to how the island is able to sustain itself and it also helps that there’s a number of incredible local chefs!
3. For some, being by the beach offers you a chance to relax, tan and catch a snooze. For others, it’s a chance to embrace all things water sports! I had a blast water skiing for the first time ever and the island offers you a chance to experience various water sports including snorkeling, windsurfing and jet skiing.
4. I’d be lying to you if I didn’t say that the sunsets are yet another reason to visit this island. Man! How gorgeous. There’s nothing like a sunset dhow cruise with your family or partner to wrap up the day. Locals also have some nifty tricks up their sleeves to make your experience even more special like setting up picnics on sand banks.
5. Finally, there’s no way I can talk about Lamu without mentioning the people. I met some of the most talented and patient locals who kept up with all the questions I had about the town and never once complained about the number of times I stopped to take a picture! Everyone was so lovely. I’ve been subjected to incessant sale pitches from vendors along other Kenyan coastal towns before so it was a pleasant surprise to see how warm and respectful the Lamu residents are.
Lamu is definitely one of my favourite places in this country and if you do end up visiting, I’m sure you’ll understand why. Happy touring!
By Sharon Mundia, author of This Is Ess and columnist at Capital Lifestyle.
Credits photo: Tatiana