Silversea Luxury Cruises A Lamu

This small island town off the coast of Kenya was known as the Katmandu of Africa during the 1960s and 1970s. It was a popular destination for backpackers and other overland travellers and its reputation soon spread. Now tourism has replaced dhow building and agriculture as the main income source on the island. However, Lamu has retained a very strong sense of the past. The town dates to the 14th century, although archaeological sites indicate that towns have been built on these islands for at least 1,200 years. View more

Through the centuries Lamu and the surrounding archipelago shifted from Portuguese to Omani rule, and finally to British rule until Kenya gained independence in the early 1960s. In the 19th century, during Omani rule, the island prospered as a trading centre for ivory, mangrove poles and slaves from the interior bound for the Middle East. Its prosperity started to dwindle by the late 1800s when it had to compete with the fast-growing port of Mombasa. Then in 1907 slavery was abolished and the island's economy suffered greatly. Lamu is Kenya's oldest town and one of the original Swahili settlements that stretched from Somalia to Mozambique.

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