Beginning as a 14th-century Swahili settlement, the town of Lamu has been influenced by many visitors and cultures over the centuries, from Portuguese explorers to Omani Arabs and Turkish traders. As a result, Lamu has developed its own hybrid culture which endures to this day. Here, you'll enter a realm of narrow streets, quaint squares, and traditional markets. Instead of vehicles, which are prohibited, there are donkeys and dhows, giving you the sense of stepping back in time. Tradition is important to the people of Lamu, whose strong society is founded on a passion and respect for the past. The relaxed and welcoming atmosphere makes Lamu a hypnotic experience for visitors. It feels like life itself slows down as you enter another world, with days spent wandering along the waterfront, chilling out on beaches, and discovering the town.
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