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Lamu is the oldest and best preserved Swahili settlement in East-Africa.

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Built in coral stone and mangrove timber,inner courtyards,verandas,carved wooden doors...

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Lamu is a small town on Lamu Island,which in turn is a part of the Lamu Archipelago in Kenya.
Situated 341 km by road northeast of Mombasa that ends at Mokowe Jetty from where the sea channel has te be crossed to reach Lamu Island.
Lamu is UNESCO World Heritage site:It is Kenya's oldest inhabited town and one of the original Swahili settlements along coastal East Africa,founded in 1370.

The interaction between Bantu,Arabs,Persians,Indians and Europeans represents a significant cultural and economic phase in the history of the region,which finds it most outstanding expression in Lamu Old Town.
The town is characterized by a labyrinth street pattern and magnificent stone buildings,based on coral,lime and mangrove poles together with impressive curved and carved doors.

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It takes 7 hrs by bus from Mombasa to Mokowe.The whole trip is under military guidance due to former unrest and kidnappings by Al Shabaab.This placed Lamu off-limits since 2011.Nowadays travel restrictions are lifted.
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You can take the jetty from Mokowe-quay and cross the seachannel to Lamu Island.In the meanwhile you can admire the coastal architecture.
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First impressions of Lamu seafront:the buildings have arcades and open verandas.
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Transporting goods and people,two options:by boat or by mule(no cars on the island).
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Dhows are trading vessels used to carry merchandise along the coast of East Africa.The triangular sail is set on a long yard(pole) mounted on the mast.
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Strolling across the seafront.
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Children attend "Madrassa" or Arabic/Koran schools.They learn family values and respect for elders which is intrinsic to Swahili traditions.