A day trip with a guide can be arranged to the ancient Swahili town of Lamu that has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A stop at the town’s history museum is a must for understanding the people and diverse cultures of the island.
Then a walk around the town offers a glimpse of traditional Swahili life, architecture and present day local trading. Since there are no commercial or private vehicles on the island, you can freely roam the narrow lanes and visit traditional silversmiths, woodworkers and dhow builders. But watch out for donkeys carrying goods — they have the right-of-way in Lamu!
Should you come during one of the three cultural events of the year in Lamu, visitors are treated to festivities that include dhow races, swimming competitions, traditional henna hand painting and exciting beachfront donkey races.