Safarilink operates seasonal & scheduled flights to Lamu and Kiwayu on the Kenyan coast. The island archipelago of Lamu off Kenya's north-eastern coast is a hidden treasure and a romantic experience that can become a life long affair. Lamu is a place like no other a peaceful tropical island where life is lived at its own relaxed rhythm, but a place whose history is as mysterious and fascinating as the winding streets of this medieval stone town. The island itself is a beautiful place of rolling dunes and endless beaches, where tiny villages nestle among coconut and mango plantations and lateen sailed dhows ply the waters. This 14th century trading port has remained unchanged for centuries, and has a long and colourful history as a centre of Swahili culture. Most of the streets of Lamu are alleyways no more than eight feet wide, making them accessible only on foot or by donkey, and the historic seafront is a harbour for the trading dhows that still ply the waters of the East African coast.
A short walk along the seafront from Lamu brings the visitor to the small village of Shela where there are several important historic homes and up market hotels and guesthouses with easy access to the nearby 6 km beach. The village of Matandoni on the north-west coast of Lamu Island is renowned as a centre for dhow building.
Offshore of Lamu is the island of Manda where there are the ruins of the town of Takwa which was deserted in the 17th century. Further afield on Pate Island are the crumbling Nabahani ruins which have merged with the more recent town of Pate. The Nabahani were a group of dispossessed Arabs who settled into existing Swahili settlements some time in the 13th century. Also on Pate are the ruins and monuments of the Swahili towns of Shanga and Faza, and the imposing fort at Siyu. Nearby destinations: Amboseli Tsavo West Kiwayu