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More Options on the Kenya Coast

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Following the Foreign and Commonwealth Office lifting its travel warning for parts of the northern part of the Kenya coast, not surprisingly the hotels and lodges in this area are doing their best to attract travellers back to this unique area.

With offers such as stay for 4 nights and pay for 3 and stay 7 nights and pay for 5, this is making this a great destination and in area that is not as busy as some of the other Kenya coastal resorts. For those that love diving, snorkelling, sailing or just relaxing without the crowds then this area should be considered.

Many of the hotels and lodges have also reduced their prices for the very popular Christmas period. So if you are thinking of an alternative Christmas holiday or want to get away from all of the buzz here then this could be the place for you.

As an example of what is on offer, let us look at Lamu Island, which has Kenya’s oldest continuously inhabited town and Lamu Town has World Heritage Status as the oldest and best example of Swahile architecture and culture. Its history is fascinating with influences from across the world. Zheng He’s Chinese fleet sank here in 1415 and the survivors set up home on the island. Then came the Portuguese who used Lamu as one of their bases as they tried to take a stranglehold on trade in the Indian Ocean.

They in turn were thrown out by the locals supported by the Omanis. There followed Lamu’s golden age as part of the Omani Empire when it was renown for its poetry, politics, arts and crafts. With all these influences, there is much to see as well as the attractions of the stunning sea and all that it holds.

Lamu relies upon donkeys for transport and there is a Donkey Sanctuary (part of the British Charity) that offers free treatment and advice. Another place to call at when wandering around the town.

To find out more about Lamu, what it has to offer and any other coastal holidays in Kenya, please call Peter at Experience Holidays on 01323 446550 or peter@experienceholidays.co.uk


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