#Lamu prepares for two key festivals over the next two months


(Posted 16th October 2017)

(Picture courtesy of Kenya Tourism Board)

The annual Lamu Cultural Festival will this year take place from November 15th to November 18th and is expected to fill available rooms and accommodation to capacity. Lamu, a peaceful and laid back community – not to be mistaken with the broader Lamu County extending on the mainland – has made a name for itself as a Destination within Destination Kenya and has been dubbed as Kenya’s Festival Town.

Dhow races, donkey races but also a focus on poetry, food, fashion and ancient board games to name but a few of the activities will mark the festival agenda again this year, promising to be as exciting as ever for spectators who not only come from Kenya and other countries along the Swahili coast but from across the world.

(Scenes from the Lamu Cultural Festival last year)

December 11th to 15th will then see the Maulidi Festival go underway, another highlight in the calendar of events of Lamu and like with the Lamu Cultural Festival will flights be sold out – there are several daily connections from Nairobi’s Wilson Airport with Safarilink, Air Kenya and other airlines – as will accommodation be at a premium unless booked and confirmed early.

(Maulidi Festival impression from Lamu)

Lamu County was one of only two exhibiting at the Magical Kenya Travel Expo which took place in Nairobi earlier this month and showed intent and purpose as the county government’s tourism portfolio was joined by private sector stakeholders to tell the hosted buyers about Lamu’s wide range of accommodation facilities and tourism attractions.

Other festivals in the annual calendar of events are the Lamu Yoga Festival, the Lamu Hat Festival and the Lamu Art and Painters Festival.