Over one hundred kilometres north of Mombasa, the island of Lamu is undisturbed by the turmoil of modern times, and exhudes a timeless serenity. Set in an archipelago of coral fringed islands, Lamu Town was a trading centre for hundreds of years. Great lateen-rigged dhows sailed in from Arabia and India, buying and selling ivory and spices.
The resultant blend of cultures has produced a vibrant people, the Swahili, who are rich in history and justifiably proud of their maritime tradition. To this day there are few cars on the island, and transport is by dhow, donkey or on foot.