A Joyous Celebration on Kenya's Lamu Island

A Joyous Celebration on Kenya's Lamu Island
Courtesy: Gabriella Zanzanaini | Courtesy: Nicolas Petit | News Source: fathomaway.com

Gabriella Zanzanaini and Nicolas Petit of The Funnelogy Channel, one of Fathom's 24 Best Travel Blogs and Websites of 2015, just finished their year-long sojourn from Brussels to Hong Kong. For the finale, they went to the Lamu Archipelago in Kenya where they found themselves in the middle of Eid al-Fitr festivities. From a dhow race to Swahili interiors to a fruitful breakfast feast, here are a few sweet moments, curious facts, and colorful images.


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The Lamu Archipelago, along the northern coast of Kenya, is one of our all-time favorite places. We're here for a well-deserved rest after our one-year overland journey across 25 countries from Belgium to Hong Kong.

Lamu Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is the oldest and best-preserved Swahili settlement in East Africa. The town is characterized by narrow streets and magnificent buildings influenced by a unique fusion of Swahili, Arabic, Persian, Indian, and European styles.

Our first stop is Shela Village; home to beautifully restored Swahili houses and a sand dune-lined beach stretching over twelve kilometers! All to ourselves.

Amazing Swahili interior designs are everywhere.

Boys racing down the beach, just a typical morning in Shela Village.

Lamu Island has been called the donkey capital of Africa. Recent estimates indicate 24,000 people, 6,000 donkeys, and just two cars on the island. It is a place where there are donkey traffic jams, the largest humanitarian organization is a donkey sanctuary, and donkeys are key to earning a living.

Breakfast, Lamu-style: mango, papaya, melon, banana, and tamarind juice. Perfect.

Young musicians getting ready for Eid celebrations.

Celebrating Eid in style.

As part of Eid celebrations, a wet and windy dhow race in Lamu town.

A truly magical place with truly magical people.

A new day, a new beginning, Eid Mubarak to all our Muslim friends around the world.

See more from their trip on The Funnelogy Channel.