Relaxed sunset sail through Lamu Island

Osman and the crew of the Monangu Dhow. PHOTO| JOHN FOX

What you need to know:

  • We opted to stay, once again, at Fatuma’s Tower, nestled into the dunes in a quiet corner of Shela. We first stayed here in November last year and couldn’t think of a more suitable place to unwind.
  • At one point, a gap in the mangroves revealed Manda Maweni, where coral blocks are mined for the many hotels and guesthouses.
  • Our dinner at Peponi was definitely a highlight of the trip. There aren’t many restaurants in Shela, aside from those in the hotels, and these are typically quite pricey.

It has been a lot easier, of late, to justify our trips out of Nairobi. The days have been cold and politics has been draining. So when the election was first re-scheduled around the long Mashujaa Day weekend, my girlfriend and I seized the opportunity and booked a trip to Lamu.


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