Lamu Town, Island and Archipelago, all of the same name, lie 2 degrees south of the Equator along Kenya’s coast. The archipelago is a chain of islands separated from the mainland by a narrow channel bordered with dense mangrove forest and protected from the Indian Ocean by coral reefs and large sand dunes.
Lamu Island has been a port of call for travellers for centuries. The many historical sites are proof of the area’s long and rich history which, when combined with all the natural attraction of its tropical setting, make Lamu a wonderful place to visit.
The streets of Lamu town are narrow, cool and quiet. They are surprisingly intimate spaces enclosed by massive stone buildings whose thick coral rag walls give the town its distinct colour and texture. In December 2001 Lamu Town became a world heritage site in order to protect the oldest inhabited Swahili settlement south of the Sahara.
Shela village where Peponi is located is 2 miles from Lamu Town. The origin of the village is unknown, but according to tradition it was settled by people from nearby Manda Island. In 1813 the famous “Battle of Shela” took place. This was an attempt by Pate Island, allied with the Mazrui clan from Oman, to subjugate Lamu. The attempt failed totally, and the defeat of Pate at Shela signalled the rise of Lamu as the leading power in the archipelago.
Lamu in Kenya is a must-visit place on your trip to Africa and it is considered as one of the top holiday destinations in the world. Recognized by UNESCO as the oldest and best preserved Swahili settlement in East Africa, Lamu Old Town is the oldest existing in Kenya and it has still retained its ages-old charm and character. Lamu Town dates back to the 12th century and is known for its Swahili architecture, narrow street, busy markets, men wearing embroidered hats, women dressed in full-length black bui-buis, white-sailed dhows gliding across the blue water, one car and over 3,000 donkeys. Lamu Island has everything to attract seasoned and first-time visitors, whether you are looking for a romantic sojourn or quiet period of relaxation or something in between.
Peponi Hotel Lamu http://www.peponi-lamu.com/
Peponi is a small hotel on the exotic island of Lamu, in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Kenya. Peponi is still run by the Korschen family, who opened the hotel in 1967 and which still retains much of the character and charm that it had then. Small and personal, it is the perfect rest after a safari or a hide away holiday from modern life.
Kijani Hotel http://www.kijani-lamu.com/hotel-accommodation
In the village of Shela, on the island of Lamu – just off the Kenya Coast – Kijani Hotel offers a unique accommodation with its 3,000 sq. metres of tropical garden.
Located directly at the sea front with two fresh water swimming pools. Kijani Hotel has 10 rooms with 26 beds. Each room has a bathroom and has its own balcony or veranda facing the garden or the sea. There is also a safe in each room.
The rooms are spread throughout the garden into three small separate traditional Swahili buildings which formerly were private homes, made of coral walls, with boriti ceiling and makuti roofs.
Life in Lamu has a distinctly Arab-oriental flavour, ladies scurry down back streets wearing buibuis (black cloaks which cover them entirely) and yet they are prone to shadowing their dark eyes with coal and have been known to cast glamorous glances from the folds of their buibuis towards favoured admirers.
In the evenings the aroma of thick Turkishlike coffee permeates the atmosphere; old men sit together philosophizing on the front steps of their houses, and little boys chase one another, darting in and out of quaint shops that line the main street.
Majlis Hotel in Lamu
The Majlis Hotel in Lamu, a perfect destination to enjoy your idyllic vacation in one of the most exotic places in the Indian ocean, the Lamu Archipelago, along the Kenyan North Coast.
This Lamu Hotel, Majlis resort is a privately-owned 25 room boutique hotel occupying a unique location on the exclusive Manda Island, facing the world-renowned Lamu Island on Kenya’s North Coast in East Africa.
The Majlis Hotel offers various recreational activities with a focus on wellness, Swahili culture, sports, arts and local crafts both for adults and families with children. These include boat excursions in the Indian ocean to the other islands in the Lamu Archipelago, daily boat and mainland safaris to the Tana River and Lake Kenyatta, fishing, water sports, snorkeling, fitness and cardio activities, cultural excursions and scenic flights.
The Majlis is also an ideal location for your personalized beach holidays which may include a corporate meeting, special event, wedding, honeymoon or renewing your marriage vows. We offer tailored services to meet your personal requirements and accommodation needs. Our expert staff is always available to provide personalized services and to answer any questions you may have. We also provide professional guidance and travel tips to make your trip most memorable. Enjoy your vacation in Africa at one of the best Kenya beach resorts. For your convenience, online reservations are available. Book your accommodation today and explore the enchanting Lamu Archipelago from The Majlis.
Kipungani Explorer www.heritage-eastafrica.com/…/kipungani-explor..
Kipungani Explorer, part of Heritage Hotels East Africa are Luxury Beach Lodges with 12 spacious bandas sitting on one end of Kipungani Bay, on Lamu island, Kenya. Kipungani is a Swahili for “the place of fresh air”.
Kipungani Explorer Lamu, located on the ancient Arabian island-paradise of Lamu, is one of Africa’s most remote, relaxing and richly romantic coastal hideaways. Overlooking the tranquil waters of the sheltered Kipungani Channel, on the remote southwestern tip of Lamu island, Kipungani is a dream destination for those seeking a true away-from-it-all desert island holiday. After a 90-minute flight from Nairobi, you will be met at Manda Island and transported by boat to the lodge, which is located two degrees south of the Equator, on the edge of a deserted 14-kilometer beach.