18 May Travel Diary: Lovely Lamu
“Thank the heavens for my spontaneous girlfriends who convinced me to join them on my very first African holiday to Lamu… A glorious warm and humid island that forms part of the Lamu Archipelago in Kenya.
We landed at Manda airport and met Captain our friendly concierge, Uber type boat service owner and number one fan of Lamu. Within minutes of meeting him he was already telling us about how fantastic Lamu is, how he has no desire or need to ever leave Lamu and that we were about to experience the magic that is Lamu.
As we neared the exquisite home we were staying at for the week, Ndoto House, an Omanian palace architecture style inspired villa on the shore of the vast ocean, Captain’s words were already starting to come to fruition. With its large wooden carved doors, tall ceilings, unique white stone walls and shady courtyards, Ndoto House is a delightful sight.
We were welcomed by our butler, Olivas and his assistant as well as the extraordinary Chef Steve. Soft spoken gentlemen who made our trip even more special and relaxing. The first thing we did as we arrived was have lunch. This, set the tone for the whole trip, the food we had was divine. Simple, healthy and fresh. Fish – caught that morning – with basmati rice, vegetables and a white fish broth sauce, that pleasantly changed my life, were on the menu. The herbs used and I reckon technique of preparation of the meal blew our minds away. I cannot stress enough how spectacular the food was.
Our 4 day stay in Lamu was filled with activity. From massages to walking and shopping in the streets of Lamu town, to sunset cruises and drinks on a floating bar in the middle of the ocean, this magical island just kept giving. This incredible place opened up my eyes to the true diversity and grandeur of Africa. It has awakened a spirit in me that desires to explore this continent further. The food, the extremely friendly and welcoming people as well as the magnificent nature displayed. It is an experience I am thankful for and will hold dear to my heart. I will certainly be going back.” – Lerato Masilela
Copy & Images by: Lerato Masilela
Things to know:
- When you visit Lamu Old Town, make sure to respect the modesty codes of the community due to the dominant Muslim religion by making sure that your shoulders are covered.
- With no real roads, meaning that there are no cars at all, when you visit Lamu Old Town you either walk everywhere or hop on a donkey.
- If you would like to stay at Ndoto House – Contact them on: +254 733 455 821