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Reason #1: The old town, heritage of humanity

According to UNESCO: Lamu Old Town is the oldest and best-preserved Swahili settlement in East Africa, retaining its traditional functions. 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 centre for the study of Islamic and Swahili cultures.

Getting lost in the narrow streets of the old town will be one of the funniest sensations of the trip. You will experience a maze of narrow streets full of donkeys, kids, cats and fast food stands where you can buy French fries for breakfast, for example. One never knows what the next corner will bring…

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Reason #2: the blending of cultures

In Lamu and, in particular, with Afrikable’s project, you will be able to know some of the most representative ethnic groups of Kenya and, in general, of the East African coast. From the exotic Masaai people to the Christian Kikuyu people or the Muslim Orma people.

Hospitality in Lamu Island is beyond all doubt. You will never be short on smiles on the face of who you have in front of you. And if you get to know some words in Swahili, you will delight your interlocutor.

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Reason #3: the incredible beaches of the archipelago

Manda, the endless beach of Shela, the golden beach of Kipungani, the idyllic beach of Manda Toto and the almost inaccessible beach of Kiwayu. All of them deserve to be visited and all of them have something different. And you will not have the problem of finding a place to put your towel. Or maybe?.

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Reason #4: Swahili food

At the end of the day, the Swahili people are a mix of 3 big migratory movements and each one left their influence. Their diet is based on fish, veggies, fruit, a lot of spices due to the Indian influence and rice as the basis for almost all of their meals. The enthusiast of fish will feel like in heaven… Eating a fish that was just scooped out of the sea and cooked on embers sitting on a dhow is priceless. It will make you want to lick your fingers! Well, that if you have eaten in the traditional way, that is to say, with your hands.

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Reason #5: The project of Afrikable

Taking part in the project of Afrikable will give you the opportunity to interact with women from different cultures and with their children. You will be able to help out at school, lend a hand with breakfast for the babies or throw yourself to the sand surrounded by children wanting to play with you. You will participate in the daily work of the women making sandals, handbags, bracelets, etc.

You will also be able to give a workshop with them in the afternoon. In addition, being in touch with the women from the project will allow you to see and hear from their mouth how the Fair Trade has changed their lives and those of their families.

And you will understand that, for getting to get on people that do not speak the same language as you do, it is only necessary to have the wish to do it.

Do you need any more reasons?

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Author: Ana García Chaves | Translator: Paula Aparicio

Read 1557 times Last modified on Saturday, 02 April 2016 23:55
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Afrikable is a Spanish charitable organisation, registered in the National Register of Associations under number 1/1/594088 and in the Spanish Agency of International Cooperation for Development (AECID)'s Register of Non-Governmental Organisations under number 2033.

 

In Kenya our association is called Afrika Able Organization and is registered with Kenya's NGO Coordination Board under number 10976.

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