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Lamu, Kenya
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Wind through the alleyways and head back in time in Lamu Lamu  Kenya

Wind through the alleyways and head back in time in Lamu

With narrow cobbled alleyways that allow for pedestrians and the occasional wandering donkey only, weather beaten walls and rustic wooden dhow boats sailing by in the distance, Lamu is a beautiful small town and island that is well worth a visit.

Lamu was once one of the most important ports along the East African trade route. In it, you'll find a mix of cultures in everything from the architecture to the food and the people. Here, the traditional Swahili homes constructed with coral limestone and mangrove timber create a barrier from the sun in the narrow alleyways of Lamu's old town. Yet, with 60% of the old town owned by foreigners, many of the locals have moved to the newer, livelier (but also less-pretty) part of town. It's here, in the new town, that you'll find the best street food in Lamu.

There is a lot to do on the archipelago between dhow (boat) rides and beaches, but don't miss out on a couple of days ambling around the beautiful old town, stopping to buy bits and bobs at market or to visit the local mosques.