Jannat House
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Lamu and its colorful history

Lamu Island is one of the oldest Swahili settlement in East Africa, and the oldest continually inhabited town on the East African coast. The town is mentioned by an Arab traveller in 1441. It has been ruled by Omani Arabs, Portuguese and the British before Kenya's independence in 1963 and has been in history a centre of poetry, politics, arts and crafts and trade. Most of the houses in Lamu Old Town, where Jannat House is located, date back to the 17th Century. Lamu Old Town is listed as World Heritage by UNESCO.

The islands main means of transport is by boat along the shore, often with the traditional sailing dhows, or by donkey on land, as there are no motorized vehicles. The donkeys have their own sanctuary where they can get treatment free of charge.

Several museums on the island showcase its rich history. But the history is still alive and the inhabitants welcoming; you can join the bustling life in the harbour and narrow alleys, relax in shaded cafés with old friends or newly found. This unique culture and atmosphere, together with the a coral archipelago inviting to sandy beaches and exciting boat excursions, make Lamu island a wonderful destination, for a few days, several weeks or a lifetime.

Sea- and Beachlife

Lamu Island i actually only one of many islands in an archipelago of corals, protecting the waters from the deep Indian Ocean. You can make wonderful sailing excursions with the beautiful dhows, during which the wildlife of the sea opens up to you for snorkeling, diving with dolphins or giant turtles, fishing big marlins or small snappers. Closer to the mainland you can watch for crocodiles or hippos along Tana River or you can step of the boat around Mpeketoni to track elephants or lions.

If relaxing is more the name of your game, wonderful beaches and waters are to be found everywhere, beaches secluded for only you and your company to swim, sunbath and picnic or beaches that are destinations for many parties, where you find simple or exclusive restaurant and exciting people to wine and dine with.