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  • 1. Anglican Cathedral

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Built in the early part of the last century, the cathedral is a memorial to Archbishop James Hannington, a missionary who was executed in 1885...Read More

  • 2. Biashara Street


    To get a good insight into the daily life of downtown Mombasa, head to narrow, cluttered Biashara (Swahili for "business") Street, which is...Read More

  • 3. Diani Beach


    Once a true tropical Eden with gorgeous weather and equally gorgeous scenery this 20-km (12-mi) stretch of sand, 30 km (19 mi) south of Mombasa...Read More

  • 4. Donkey Sanctuary

    Mkomani Location | Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    Donkeys are the main transport in Lamu. The sanctuary was started in 1987 by Elisabeth Svendsen, a British doctor who founded The Donkey Sanctuary...Read More

  • 5. Fort Jesus


    This massive edifice was built in the late 16th century by the Portuguese, who were keen to control trade in the region. When the Omanis captured...Read More

  • 6. Jamaa Mosque


    The 14th-century tombs beside this mosque are among the oldest in Malindi. It was here in the 1800s that slaves were auctioned weekly until 1873. ...Read More

  • 7. Jumaa Mosque

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Located in the north of the town, just off Harambee Avenue, Jumaa is the second oldest mosque in Lamu. It dates from 1511, and was used up until...Read More

  • 8. Kaya Kinondo Sacred Forest


    If you're in the Diani Beach area, be sure to spend an hour or two exploring the Kaya Kinondo forest. This Unesco World Heritage site has been...Read More

  • 9. Kisite-Mpunguti Marine National Park

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    A few miles off the coast, this 39-square-km national park is known for its beautiful coral gardens. Staghorn, brain, mushroom, and pencil are...Read More

  • 10. Kiwayu Island

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    This strip of sand is 50 km (31 mi) northeast of Lamu. The main attraction of Kiwayu Island is its proximity to Kiunga Marine National Reserve...Read More

  • 11. Lamu Fort


    This imposing edifice, which was completed in 1821, is set one street away from the seafront. It was used as a prison from 1910 to 1984, when...Read More

  • 12. Lamu Museum


    You enter the museum through a brass-studded door that was imported from Zanzibar. Inside there are archaeological displays showing the Takwa...Read More

  • 13. Malindi Marine National Park

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    Home to an impressive variety of colorful coral, you'll find two main reefs here that are separated by a deep sandy-bottom channel. There's...Read More

  • 14. Malindi Museum


    Delve into some of Malindi's fascinating history at this museum, which was once the home of a 19th-century trader. You'll find it on the seafront...Read More

  • 15. Manda Island


    Just across the channel from Shela, the mostly uninhabited Manda Island once held one of the area's largest cities. The once-thriving community...Read More

  • 16. New Burhani Bohra Mosque

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The elaborate facade and soaring minaret of this mosque overlook the Old Harbor. Built in 1902, it's the third mosque to occupy this site. ...Read More

  • 17. Shimoni


    Just 60 km (37 mi) south of Diani, on the tip of a peninsula known for its excellent deep-sea fishing you'll find the village of Shimoni, which...Read More

  • 18. Swahili House Museum


    This beautifully restored Swahili merchant's house has original period furniture. Notice the traditional beds with woven bases of rope, and...Read More

  • 19. Tusks


    Dominating Moi Avenue are the famous elephant tusks that cross above the roadway. They were erected to commemorate the 1952 visit of Britain...Read More

  • 20. Wasini Island


    Take a walk to the ancient Arab settlement near the modern village of Wasini Island. Here you'll find the ruins of 18th- and 19th-century houses...Read More

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