The 16th edition of the on-going Lamu Cultural Festival kicked off on Thursday and wraps up today (Saturday). I was in Shela with a couple of hours to while away on day one and decided to take a boat to the old town to join in the festivities. Being a UNESCO World Heritage site and the oldest inhabited town along our coastline, I knew the the place would be a vibrant hive of activity with curious visitors from all over the world keen on immersing themselves in the rich and unique culture of the locals. Here then is a photodiary of my short time there:
There were various boats docked along the shoreline, each keen on transporting guests from the airport, Shela and other parts of the Lamu archipelago.
Coupled with the donkey races, the main attraction of the day was the dhow race.
I stopped by the Lamu Palace Hotel for a drink and this camel walked right by! This was also a great vantage point to chat up various people as they walked by. Everyone was so friendly that they kept stopping to say hello!
The crowd looking on to a group of girls from a local primary school performing a traditional song.
I have always wanted to get a henna tattoo! I met a group of little kids on the main street and they took me to one of their mother’s houses for this little piece.
Fruit stand? Yes please!
I just happened to wander into her fabulous store! Details on that coming soon to the blog.
At the scene
To live and die in this town. Oh Lamu!
Boat captain. He gave me a free ride from Shela!