Kenya

Lamu Island II

 

Lamu Island is a part of the Lamu Archipelago of Kenya. Lamu Old Town, the principal inhabited part of the island, is one of the oldest and best-preserved Swahili settlement in East Africa. Built in coral stone and mangrove timber, the town is characterized by the simplicity of structural forms enriched by such features as inner courtyards, verandas, and elaborately carved wooden doors. Lamu has hosted major Muslim religious festivals since the 19th century, and has become a significant center for the study of Islamic and Swahili cultures.

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Pate Island II

 

Pate island or Paté island is located in the Indian Ocean close to the northern coast of Kenya, to which it belongs. It is the largest island in the Lamu Archipelago, which lie between the towns of Lamu and Kiunga, close to the border with Somalia.

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Elephant Island

 

The name of this island originates from the belief that it was allegedly inhabited by elephants. It is hard to believe as the island is inaccessible – their shore is guarded by sharp rocks which we found extremely difficult to climb. We travelled across the island twice.

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Ngazin Island

 

In order to reach the island, we canoed across the bay, which was pretty easy but turned much more difficult in the end. This island is hardly ever visited and the bush overgrew the paths long time ago. I tried to find the way out together with my guide but acacia’s thorns were everywhere and they fiercely guarded every square inch of land.

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Kiwayu Island

 

An easily accessible island with only two villages. The bigger one has a school and is inhabited by about 400 people, the smaller one is situated about 90 minute-journey away and is inhabited by about 100 people. The children go to school through the bush.

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