Lamu is a collection of over 65 islands that form the Lamu Archipelago found on the northern coast of Kenya. The islands are known for their rich historical, cultural and ecological diversity which has gone on to have the area recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Lamu has some of the richest marine life on the Kenyan coastline and has two national reserves that are home for a variety of mammals and birdlife. Pate Island is the largest island and is almost entirely surrounded by mangroves.
The island is full of rich history visible in its impressive ruins-remnants of by gone wars with the Portuguese and Arabs. Manda Island is a hidden jewel of a culture and people seemingly frozen in time. It’s only now that the island has begun to feel the touch of development, but even so its expansive beach remains a haven for travellers seeking beautiful seclusion. Visitors will enjoy the charming local fishing village; boat rides to historical ruins and a turtle conservation project cared for by locals.
|Visa requirements||You need a visa to enter Kenya. You can either get a visa on arrival at the airport, or before you travel. To minimise time spent queuing at the airport, get a visa before you travel. You can apply for single journey, transit and courtesy visas on the evisas website.|
|Languages spoken||Swahili, English and local Bantu languages|
|Currency used||Kenyan Shilling (KES)|
|Area (km2)||6,273 square kilometres (2,422 square miles)|
|Country name||Republic of Kenya|