The Lamu Archipelago is a small group of islands situated on Kenya's northern coast line. It is made up of Lamu, Manda, Pate and Kiwayu Islands.
Lamu Town is the headquarters of Lamu District, one of the six districts of Kenya's Coastal Province, which borders the Indian Ocean to the east, the Tana River District to the south-west and the Garissa District to the north. Lamu Town is the oldest living Swahili town in Kenya, comparable to Zanzibar in Tanzania.
The town dates back to the 12th century. Due to its unique location along Arabic, Indian and African trade routes, Lamu flourished as a maritime hub whose main population, the Swahili, engaged in international trade, fishing and farming. The architecture of Lamu is uniquely Swahili, with its narrow streets, storied buildings, intricately carved wooden doors and numerous mosques. Tightly built along narrow streets bordering the seafront, Lamu's architecture and rich Swahili influences make it among the most charming spots in East Africa.
Lamu can be reached by air from Kenya’s main airports, namely: Nairobi, Mombasa and Malindi. All flights land on Manda Island, just across the channel from Lamu.
The Majlis can organize a tailor-made pick-up from Kenya’s main airports for those guests wishing to save time or avoid having to fly to Lamu with local commercial airplanes.
We also offer the possibility to pre-book daily flight trips to exclusive destinations in Kenya along the coast or in game parks.