A UNESCO World Heritage Site and the oldest continually inhabited town along the Kenyan coast, Lamu has retained its authentic Moorish architectural fabric as well as its social and cultural roots, making for a rich and magical getaway. Women whisper by along the narrow alleyways in traditional bui bui while men in simple kanzu usher along donkeys laden with goods, as stray cats slink nonchalantly through the labyrinthine maze of streets.
There is a lot to see and do in the archipelago, and a great starting point would be the quaint and charming Shela village with its distinct Mediterranean aura characterised by chalk white walls offset by vibrant bougainvillea flowers and the most pristine of white sands begging for a barefoot excursion. If you have a free weekend coming up, here are some things not to miss in this village:
Stay at Forodhani House