Lamu Island Overview
Founded in the 12th century, the picturesque island of Lamu is one of the oldest and most authentic surviving centres that uphold the Swahili tradition in all of East Africa. It is also a very popular tourist town, where you can stay in some of the best hotels and resorts, explore hidden beaches and a thriving local culture.

People of many ethnicities and speaking many languages have made their homes on this island, which makes it a unique and colourful urban centre.

Location: 150 miles from the city of Mombasa, off the shore of Kenya

Highlights: Lamu Island is known for its naval culture, with fishermen and seamen who have settled since the 12th century. The island is also known for its beaches.
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