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A truly unique place, Lamu is a town unaffected by the passage of time...; Lamu is a romantic town that has survived time without undergoing changes, a place where things are today almost as they were at the turn of the Century. An exotic getaway for visitors, where donkeys are used for transport. The streets are narrow and winding. There are probably more dhows to be seen here than anywhere else along the East African Coast. The beach is magnificent and uncluttered. It’s one of the most relaxing places you will ever have the pleasure to visit. The perfect place for honeymooners and couples.

Day 1: Nairobi - Lamu
Take a schedule light aircraft (AirKenya Express or Safarilink) from Wilson Airport to Manda Island. Enjoy a boat transfer to your overnight hotel on half board accommodation, Kijani House, D.

Day 2 & 3: Lamu
Full day leisure tour of Lamu island with a visit to the museum through the alleys. A chance to see very old mosques and the architect of the famous Lamu doors. Overnight stay at Kijani House on half board, B,D.

Day 4: Lamu - Nairobi
Afternoon scheduled light aircraft back to Nairobi's Wilson Airport to arrive in the early evening, B.

Tour price: US$ 745 per person sharing. Single room supplement: US$ 115.

Lamu beach holiday package cost includes:
-Roundtrip airfare, Nairobi - Lamu - Nairobi
-Local government taxes
-Return boat transfers in Lamu
-Half board accommodation at Kijani House

Lamu beach safari cost excludes:
-Personal effects

Note: Kijani House is closed during off season, May and June.

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Lamu Beach safari & holiday trip:
Lamu is one of Kenya's oldest towns on an island off the coast. A magical place of great natural beauty, Lamu is steeped in history, from its rolling sand dunes to the depths of the Indian Ocean's sparkling waters. Lamu's ancient culture is drawn from many sources, and its long exotic tale can be read in every step down the narrow streets, in the rich carvings of the heavy wooden doors, and in the markets where life continues unchanged since the 14th century.

Between the various islands of the archipelago, or along the coast, the main form of transport is the traditional dhow and dhow trips to outlying islands are one of the must do activities of any visit to Lamu. One of the most incredible spectacles on the coast is the century old Maulid Festival and more recently the Lamu Cultural Festival which takes place annually.

Kenya Beach Holidays
Kenya & East Africa have some of the best beaches in the world. Miles of sun-kissed, tropical beaches and blue skies, in addition to great hotels, makes the coast the perfect compliment to a wildlife safari.

The beaches are reef- protected and therefore safe for swimming. We have a wide selection of Kenya beach holidays, ranging from 5 star hotels to private beach villas and cottages.

Beach locations include Mombasa, Malindi, Lamu and south coast.

Lamu is a small, historic coastal town, with narrow winding streets, old mosques, colourful markets and uses donkeys and dhows for transport rather than vehicles.

The slow pace of life here, magnificent beaches and the rich culture make this an exotic place to visit where time seems to stand still. The perfect place for honeymooners and couples.

Kijani House Hotel, Shela Village
Secret gardens and stately Swahili retreats
Off the bustling waterfront of Shela village, dhows sway gently on the incoming tide as merchants and fishermen cross back and forth on the shimmering sand. A few steps away, a few white steps and a small entranceway, framed by clusters of frangipani and bougainvillea flowers, opens to cool shade and green shadows. Entering Kijani House is like stepping into a secret garden. Two aquamarine pools glow gently in the shade of giant kunazi trees, small tables and beach chairs lie in the shade of a profusion of different species of palm trees, and flowering flamboyants and yellow oleanders branch out over large terraces that face the ocean. ‘Kijani’ means green in Kiswahili, at once invoking the colour of Islam, the small hotel’s verdant gardens, and new growth.

Swiss owner Pierre Oberson created Kijani House to revive the tradition of stone Swahili houses and create an authentic retreat for visitors looking to experience Lamu’s past. It took Pierre more than ten years to rebuild the hotel from the ruins of three old houses, and he used only traditional methods and materials in the restoration. Kijani House’s rooms and gardens are filled with antiques or handmade replicas of the furniture, lanterns, ornaments, and utensils that graced the stately houses of Lamu’s past. Copies of old Portuguese lanterns hang from white archways. An arrangement of ceramic water pots stand – used to carry oil and water aboard ships centures ago – stand under the shade of a palm tree. Members of the village even borrow Kijani’s ceremonial chair, crafted from hardwood and wickerwork on the nearby island of Siyu, for weddings and special occasions.

True to the atmosphere of a Swahili house, Kijani’s rooms and central areas emphasize the aesthetics of privacy and space. Each room has a private veranda shaded from sight by arabesque archways and trees. The 10 rooms are vaste and cool, shards of sunlight and ample breeze welcomed through tall shutters. A canopied Swahiil bed stands beside antique cupboards and tables coloured with hand-painted Indian tiles and painted glass. In the bathroom, intricately carved mirrors set off the sensous effect of the walls, ceiling, and floor in warm ochre, its heady oriental effect heightened by shafts of light filtering through shutters from the world outside. Kijani House offers a retreat from the bright bustle of Lamu’s waterfront – a lush oasis of green gardens, pools, and cool rooms in all their Swahili splendour.

Kijani House restaurant offer an exotic selection of seafood, Swahily dishes and a touch of Italian cuisine. Fruit and vegetable are coming from the Kijani small farm in the middle of Lamu island.

Available from the cellar, a good selection of Italian, South African and Chilean wine’s.
Kijani is closed for of season during May and June.

Peponi Hotel, Shela Beach
Peponi Hotel is probably the most famous of all Lamu hotels and is the only one situated directly on Shela Beach. A small, private, family-owned hotel, it was once a house, which grew into a hotel. The atmosphere is intimate and low key. The sea-facing bar and snack restaurant is open to hotel guests and visitors alike, and is an ideal stopover for cold drinks after a day on the beach, although there are private verandah’s and dining for hotel guests only. The hotel restaurant is renowned for excellent fresh seafood and cuisine to cater for all palates. As in most places in Lamu, service is very friendly. The hotel has 24 rooms in total and two categories of accommodation, all rooms have ocean views.

Superior Rooms: are differentiated by their location, size, private outside area, artwork and Swahili furnishings. No two rooms are the same. Many have swing beds on the verandahs with big soft cushions. Five of the rooms are built right on the beach, with private verandahs overlooking the sea while the rest have a combination of ocean and garden views, private rooftops, a small garden and two adjoining rooms share a spacious verandah. Kikoi toweling robes are provided in these rooms. The Superior room numbers are 17-25.

All rooms have: Overhead fans, mosquito nets, showers (not baths), fresh flowers and personal safes. Peponi toiletries with pumice stones, beach and bath towels, colourful kikois to wear either to the beach or as evening wear for men, a flask of chilled drinking water, writing paper, laundry service (aim is 24hours), the option of room service breakfast. Hairdryers, cots, extra beds and baby baths are available on request.

Standard Rooms: 5 twins and 3 doubles are located in the palm garden, which is a large, private garden area with sunbeds and two hammocks, overlooking the sea. These are room numbers 5-12 which have been built in small units of two rooms per unit.

The hotel has a newly built swimming pool overlooking the sea and a very well-stocked gift shop with souvenirs and gift items from all over Kenya. The hotel dhow departs daily to Lamu town for those wishing to visit the historic town, its museum and shops for a couple of hours before returning to Shela by lunch time.