Lamu Town, Island and Archipelago, are located on the north of Kenya Coast. The archipelago is a chain of islands separated from the mainland by a narrow channel bordered with dense mangrove forest and protected from the Indian Ocean by coral reefs and large dunes.
The many historical sites are proof of the area’s long and rich history which, when combined with all natural attractions of its tropical settings, make Lamu a wonderful place to visit.
The streets of Lamu town are narrow, cool and quiet. They are surprisingly intimate spaces enclosed by massive stone buildings whose thick coral rag walls give the town its distinct color and texture.
In December 2001, Lamu Town became a world heritage site in order to protect the oldest inhabited Swahili settlement.
Shela Village is two miles from Lamu Town. The village according to tradition, was settled by people from nearby Manda Island. In 1813 the famous Battle of Shela took place. This was an attempt by Pate Island, allied to Mazrui Clan from Oman, to subjugate Lamu. The attempt failed totally and the defeat of Pate at Shela signaled the rise of Lamu as the leading power in the archipelago.