Lamu archipelago is rich of valuable natural resources, to which they give it an attracting and amazing beauty. There are four islands laid in the Indian Ocean in the northern coast of Kenya i.e. Lamu, Pate, Manda, and Kiwayu. The islands are surrounded by an evergreen forest, mangrove forest which covers almost 67% of the mangrove forest in Kenya.
The salt-tolerant trees provide a shoreline beautification with an amazing structure to enjoy viewing. The views can be experienced when sailing along the narrow roots to the eastern part of Lamu archipelago. The canopies nest different types of beautiful birds and the deep, wide-spread roots with coral reefs offer homes and hiding places for fish species like crabs. Mostly fishermen depend on the mangrove for fishing since they are fish breeding grounds. Mangrove in Lamu is a source of income where residents depend on.
Unlike other trees, mangroves are pest-free to which they are used in the construction of the traditional boats in Lamu, where water is the main source of transport, boats made of the mangrove trees are used in ferrying peoples and cargoes around the archipelago.
Most buildings in Lamu are in the traditional form since it’s a heritage site. The ceilings of the buildings are made of the mangrove trees.
Yesterday,11/01/2018, H.E. Governor Fahim Yasin Twaha, officially launched the 9km Hindi-Magogoni road. The project is funded by Fuel Levy funds through the County Government of Lamu. The project is to construct and do maintenance works to all rural road of Lamu County.
During the occasion that was attended by National and County Government officials, Governor Fahim said that Lamu County will no longer face the crisis of water shortage, since there are investors who re willing to install Distillation Plant to recycle salt water. And also pipes Will be connected at Tana River and supply water to Lamu. He also promised Hindi residents Land surveying will be done and each will have his title deed in hand.
Since Lamu County is developing with great projects like the LAPSSET, job opportunities will be available where Governor urged Youths to make use of the polytechnic in acquiring skill so that to benefit from the projects.
The County Government, through the Department of ICT, has launched a Short Message Service platform with the aim of promoting exchange of information between the county government and the residents. Residents will be able to enquire on any county government undertaking or report any incidents afflicting them just through a short text message.
The SMS platform promotes transparency, reduces complaints caused by lack of information, and enables the citizens to communicate to the county government in case of emergencies. This is a project set to have far-reaching outcomes addressing information needs of county residents besides promoting public participation in policy and decision making processes.
Just send your message starting with the word LAMU to 31390 and you will rceive an autoresponse message, You will receive your response within 48 hours on any enquiry
Lamu archipelago is the best place to be, to enjoy and to experience nature.
Lamu Island has unique and interesting aquatic environment views. Being located in the Indian Ocean, the island has got many to offer in terms of water sports like snorkeling, diving, swimming, dhow race and other water activities like fishing.
Dhow Race Lamu
The adventurous archipelago is surrounded by saline water with plenty of rich fish breeding grounds of colorful corals reefs and rocks that produces many fish species, which is a huge attraction for fishing and diving activities. Areas where diving, fishing, and snorkeling is entertaining with clean and clear water is at Manda Toto, kiwayu, Kiniyka and at Kiunga marine national reserve. The activities mostly take up on March and November.
Kiunga Marine National Reserve
Dolphin can give you unforgettable experience ever since they behave friendly with human beings and do no harm where you can have a chance to swim and play with. They are throughout sighted at Manda Toto.
The island is also a home for sea turtle, an interesting marine creature to enjoy viewing. Kiunga Marine National reserve is a spot for sea turtles and other attracting marine lives.
Just a child Whale found in Ishakani beach in Kiunga ward Lamu East Subcounty.
This is the 3rd time the beach receives these whales who find their way to the sea shore after dying at the ocean.
Some 265km from Mombasa just off Kenya’s northern coast, Lamu is a tropical archipelago that comprises a string of enchanting Indian Ocean islands such as Lamu, Pate, Manda and Kiwayu. Lamu, a Unesco World Heritage Site since 2001, is the largest town in the archipelago. The area contains several sites of historical and archaeological significance including Shanga, Manda and Takwa. These sites make for great Lamu safari that offers intriguing insight into the Swahili culture that dates back 700 years.
Lamu sea front
Compared to the busier and crowded southern and central parts of the Kenyan coast, Lamu offers more restful holidays away from the hustle and bustle of the modern world. Great beaches, blazing coral reefs, outstanding cuisine and a fascinating culture are some of the highlights of Lamu. The town that was founded in the 14th Century as a Swahili trading centre and settlement has a rich history and cultural heritage that is commemorated during the Annual Lamu Cultural Festival held every November.
The absence of vehicles on the streets of Lamu and the presence of donkeys within the town are some of the things that will strike you during your trip to Lamu. Donkeys are the main mode of transport within the town as the streets of Lamu are not wide enough to accommodate vehicles. The narrow streets block sun rays thereby keeping the town cool.
Scuba diving, snorkelling (best undertaken between November and March) are among the major attractions of Lamu safari. The archipelago is particularly popular globally for its deep sea-fishing, with Kiwayu Island featuring among the world’s 10 best diving sites.
Deep-sea fishing is quickly giving Lamu a reputation as one of the top destinations for African sports safaris. Deep-sea fishing is best undertaken from October through April and some of the fish caught include Kingfish, Wahoo, Tuna, Sailfish, Barracuda and Marlin. Lamu is also gaining popularity as a destination for African Sports Safaris thanks to the annual dhow and donkey racing events. The donkey race, which is held every June, attracts many competitors each eyeing a much coveted title. The race is an important event for both local and international supporters.
Lamu deep sea fishing
The annual dhow race, held every New Year Day, is an important event and great honour for dhow captains who are considered the finest on the Kenyan coast.
Lamu annual dhow race
Like the donkey race, dhow races attract many local and international fans.
Lamu donkey race
The best time to visit Lamu is between January and March when snorkeling is ideal.
The archipelago is best reached by air from Nairobi, Mombasa, Malindi and Diani Beach. There are daily scheduled flights to and from these destinations. An airstrip located on Manda Island serves Lamu town and can also service private charters.
The best museum in town is housed in a grand Swahili warehouse on the waterfront. This is as good a gateway as you’ll get into Swahili cultural and that of the archipelago in particular.
This sanctuary was established by the International Donkey Protection Trust of Sidmouth, UK, to improve the lot of the island’s hard-working beasts of burden
This preserved Swahili house, tucked away to the side of Yumbe House hotel, is beautiful and a must visit.
German Post Office Museum
German Post Office Museum
It was constructed in the late 1800s as a private residence and later converted and used as the first German Post Office on the East African Coast during the time when Witu on the mainland south of Lamu was a German Protectorate.
This squat castle wa s built by the Sultan of Paté from 1810 and completed in 1823. From 1910 right up to 1984 it was used as a prison.
It houses the island’s library, which holds one of the best collections of Swahili poetry and Lamu reference work
Takwa ruins are the remains of a thriving 15th and 16th century Swahili trading town before it was abandoned in the seventeenth century.
Kiunga Reserve in Lamu thrives with pure marine life that brings color to the underworld.
Sand dunes in Shella
Sand dunes in Shella
The Lamu-Shella sand dunes are a sight to behold. The mass of white sand is so shinny, tall, clean and beautiful: a sight to behold for any visitor.