A man without a donkey is a donkey, claims one Swahili proverb. Or, as the staff of this sanctuary might tell you, a man who doesn’t...
This preserved Swahili house, tucked away to the side of Yumbe House hotel, is beautiful, but the entry fee is very hard to justify,...
This squat castle was built by the Sultan of Paté from 1810 and completed in 1823. From 1910 right up to 1984 it was used as a prison....
Right in front of the main jetty, Petley's seems to be the local watering hole for just about everyone. Expect almost anything, from...
Bush Gardens Restaurant
This place is a backpacker institution, but reputation alone doesn't make a meal. The food isn't quite as good as it's supposed to be,...
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Lamu Museum information
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 culture and that of the archipelago in particular. Of note are the displays of traditional women’s dress – those who consider the head-to-toe bui-bui restrictive might be interested to see the shiraa , a tent-like garment (complete with wooden frame to be held over the head) that was once the respectable dress of local ladies. There are also exhibits dedicated to artefacts from Swahili ruins, the bric-a-brac of local tribes and the nautical heritage of the coast (including the mtepe, a traditional coir-sewn boat meant to resemble the Prophet Mohammed’s camel – hence the nickname, ‘camels of the sea’). Guides are available to show you around.