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Check out our travel themes to help choose or perhaps inspire you. There are endless opportunities to explore, activities and themes to consider and plenty of room for relaxation. With over 54 stunning countries to choose from the possibilities play like an uncontrolled imagination. Whether you are an adventure seeker rolling along a golden landscape, your eyes plying the plains for a spectacular sight of wildebeest, or you seek peace, relaxation and tranquility for a safaris, or you want to awaken your taste buds with culture rich cuisines and heritage, beautiful beaches or luxury filled experience, we are here for you. The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences that suites your preference.

 
 
 
 
 

LAMU ISLAND, KENYA

While Kenya’s safaris are indeed the main attraction almost always associated with the country, it still has at least one more place to give different perspective to all visitors: Lamu Island. Part of the Lamu Archipelago in Kenya, the island is home to one of the best preserved Swahili settlements in east Africa.

 

Civilization in the island is concentrated in Lamu Town, which is characterized by simple structural forms enriched with verandas, inner courtyards, and elaborate details on wooden doors. It is a cultural tourist destination sprinkled with lessons about their civilization and reminiscence of generations gone by. The old town of Lamu Island is said to be the oldest and the best preserved Swahili settlement in East Africa, where the Muslim call to prayer wafts through narrow winding alleys, past elaborate merchant houses and donkey carts and around an old port town almost as it did back in the eighth century.

Some 260 kilometers north of Mombasa, the UNESCO World Heritage Site can be divided into two sections, north and south. Many people who have visited Kenya claimed that this island was the real highlight of the visit, neither the wildlife nor the mountain hike. The residents call the island as Kiwa Ndeo, which translates to Vain Island. As you sink deeper in the atmosphere of the town, you should realize that it has two prominent cultural features: Islamic and Swahili. 

Shela in the north is a quiet seaside village and the old town of Lamu is in the south -- visitors can get between the two with a 45-minute walk or a boat ride.

Lamu Island is separated from Kenya mainland, so it can only be reached by boat with daily flights coming to and from Mombasa and Malindi.

Attractions to Lamu Island

Historical values of the Lamu Island (especially Lamu Town) are the best attractions you can get. It was once the most important trade center in East Africa; and today you can see the mixture of multiple cultures of Arab, Indian, Persian, and Europeans in the architectural styles.

One thing that separates Lamu Town from other cultural sites is the absence of cars. Lamu Town bans the use of car for general public. Regardless of who you are at home, you are here as part of the general public, so there is no special treatment. Traveling from point A to point B means you have to walk or ride a donkey. The distance between an attraction and another is not that great, so walking or riding donkey should suffice in most cases.

It is not far from primitive; as a matter of fact, the locals demonstrate how a community can survive and thrive without the complexities of modern technologies. Make time and efforts to visit Lamu Island, so at least at one point in life you have the opportunity to not only learn about traditional lifestyle but actually embrace and practice it.

 

The most popular attractions in Lamu Island are as follows:

Takwa

The village of Takwa in Lamu Island thrived in the 15th to 16th centuries, but soon after it was abandoned. Descendants of people who once lived in the village believe that the place has some sort of spiritual power. You can’t really blame them because the history and ruins of the village showed that Takwa was once a religious place.

Lamu Museum

Housed in a Swahili warehouse, the museum is probably the best introduction to the cultures of the Lamu Town. Among many items displayed in the museum, one of the most eye-catching is head-to-toe dress made of tent-like garment called shira. It even has a wooden frame to be held over the head. Back then it was a dress code for the respectable local ladies.

Donkey Sanctuary

In Lamu Town, donkeys are not only good for transportation. They are status symbols; if you have a lot of donkeys and you take good care of them all, you deserve the front row at any festival. A Donkey Sanctuary was established by the International Donkey Protection Trust of Sidmouth, UK. The purpose is to ease the burden for donkeys which have to work hard helping people.

German Post Office Museum

During the late 1800, German East Africa Company built a post office as part of the effort to exploit Kenya or Africa in general. The building still stands, but now it has been converted into a museum. Old pictures and memorabilia of the period are well-preserved.

Lamu Fort

It took 13 years to build Lamu Fort. Construction started in 1810 and finished in 1823. From 1910 to 1984, it was used as a prison. It has now been converted into a  library in which the best collections of Swahili poems and reference works are kept.

 

Lamu Market

It has all the bells and whistles of a traditional market for examples alleys with stray goats and cats, smell of fresh fish, and noises from people bargaining on something. Try to visit the market in the morning to experience a little bit of Lamu at its craziest.

Shela Beach

If you walk (or ride a donkey) as far as 2 miles south from Lamu, you’ll come across a village called Shela. The village itself is nothing out of the ordinary, but the beach is extra ordinary indeed. It has no lifeguards, no busy roads, and no night clubs nearby, just sandy beach hit over and over again by violent currents. It is wild, pristine, empty, and beautiful.

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The Lamu Archipelago is now home to some lavishly luxurious accommodation in stunning settings. Popular as a post-safari add-on, activities include snorkelling and scuba diving (best between November and March when the water is clearest), historical walking tours, dhow sailing trips, sea kayaking and diving with dolphins.

The Red Pepper House

Bathed by the waters of the Indian Ocean, under the sun of Africa and in full nature, you will find only 5 Nyumbas (houses) The Red Pepper House, a place where you can live a unique experience. A journey back in time, surrounded by the luxury and adventure of a millenary culture and colonial times. Declared a World Heritage Site, Lamu is a rare jewel of hundreds of years perfectly preserved by its isolation. Located within an archipelago on the coast of Kenya. Lamu is the place where the ancient Swahili culture is best preserved and where the history, charm and fascinating natural scenery of this land of adventure coexist.

Peponi Hotel

Peponi is a small hotel on the island of Lamu, in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Kenya. Peponi is still run by the Korschen family, who opened the hotel in 1967 and still retains much of the character and charm that it had then. Small and personal, it is the perfect rest after a safari or a hide away holiday from modern life.

Baytil Ajaib

Baytil Ajaib, the house of wonder, is the finest example of non-static architectural designing .All too often is the Swahili culture referred to as something o f the past and none evolving. This is a myth that needs to be brought into its property perspective.

 

Great pains have been taken with the restoration so as to safe guard the authenticity of the layout, embellished with original antique furniture, and a variety of mystic symbolic mural designs. Painting a more exact picture of Baytil Ajaib it’s a building that’s completely close off from the outside but the interior structure features apartments with personal verandas and suites that encompasses an entire floor with open courtyards garnished with collections of plants that are frequently visited by birds of all natures. The building is an open structure but from within not outwardly. Traditionally these palatial townhouses where spiritual sanctuary for the family’s protection and storages for supplies to be sent abroad.

Kijani Hotel

Off the bustling waterfront of Shela village, dhows sway gently on the incoming tide as merchants and fishermen cross back and forth on the shimmering sand. A few steps away, a few white steps and a small entrance-way, framed by clusters of frangipani and bougainvillea flowers, opens to cool shade and green shadows. Entering Kijani House is like stepping into a secret garden.

The Majlis – luxury hotel

The Majlis hotel is a privately owned luxury beach hotel on Manda Island in the Lamu archipelago, off Kenya’s Northern Coast. With a superb beachfront location and breathtaking views over the bay and Lamu Island, it offers the perfect setting and the ideal accommodation for barefoot luxury and informal pampering on your trip to Kenya. The boutique hotel offers 25 exquisite deluxe rooms and suites divided into three beachfront villas.

 

The rooms, all presented in timelessly elegant Lamu Island style, are very spacious, well appointed, and fully air-conditioned. The Majlis restaurant will not fail to impress with a panoramic view of the bay and the finest cuisine.


Additional state-of-the-art facilities include two bars, two swimming pools, and an activity center that co-ordinates a wide variety of water sport activities.

Jannat House

Jannat House is Arabic for Paradise House. It is an old merchant’s house bought by the Swede Hans Frejd in 1986. It was meant to be a private paradise for Hans with a guest house for his family and friends. Over time, Hans and his family became more and more engaged with the people of Lamu and their culture. His visits became more frequent, and his family and friends followed suit. Jannat House became a bustling guest house offering employment to a number of people.

Consequently, Hans decided in the year 2000 to upgrade the house to a fully fledged hotel. Today, this private piece of paradise is open to all.

Kizingo Lodge

Inspired, created, owned and run by the van Aardt family, Kizingo is 8 beach-front bandas on Lamu, off the Kenyan coast. Built from local materials – mangrove, mkuti and mkeka – by local islanders, each banda is as extravagantly large as it is simple, beautiful and natural. 

Kizingo is a beach and coastal wilderness. Nature, completely untouched, has been left to her own devices. You’ll share the beach with native birds, driftwood and scuttling crabs. There you’ll find a true sense of the infinity of time; and the timelessness of an old Africa

Lamu Palace Hotel

The Lamu Palace Hotel is a Swiss owned hotel focused on presenting guests on their coastal vacation in Lamu with accommodations that are non-frill, modest and unassuming while upholding Swahili architectural styles and ethnics.

Sunsail Hotel

Sunsail Hotel Lamu Island,Kenya that New York Times calls it the other side of paradise.

Jannataan Hotel

Jannataan Hotel is located at the center of Shella Village within easy reach of shopping places; just about 2 minutes walk away from the fabulous Shella beach. The Hotel consists of 4 blocks surrounding a beautiful swimming pool.

The Hotel has the main house which has 8 rooms; Triples, doubles, twins and singles as well as big terrace for guests to relax or eat their meals. It also has it's own sitting and dinning areas. The rooms also have their own siting and dining areas. The hotel is also wifi enabled.

Jannataan also has a well equipped conference hall which can hold up to 60 persons.

The hotel is owned by a local Muslim Family and therefore does not serve alcohol.

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OVER THE MOON HONEYMOON & WEDDING

Lamu is ranked among the best honeymoon destinations in the world, part of the reason why it is called the heaven island in the world.

LAMU HOUSE

Castle-like in size and appearance with monk-like solitude and all the comforts an abundance of friendly staff provides. One of the many enjoyable features is a 100-foot swimming pool which hugs the front of the entire house. You can step into it from your groundfloor bedroom, or come down from the tower for a swim.

An eco-friendly, health-oriented diet is provided with a world-class chef and two modern cooks (serving a variety of cuisines including local flavors, vegetarian options, California-style summer fare, Italian, low cholesterol, organic). In fact, we have 3-acres of gardens to pull from. Some of the best cooking in Kenya is done on site!

We are next door neighbor to Peponi Hotel, on the hilltop of Shela Village which is home to world heritage site the Mosque of Shela. And if you book a stay at our home, you will have a private beach at your disposal (perfect for jogging and swimming) and a variety of boats for recreation.

Kipungani Explorer Lodge

With a stay at Kipungani Explorer in Lamu, you'll be on the beach and within the region of Shela Beach and Lamu Fort. This beach lodge is within the region of Manda Beach.

Pamper yourself with onsite massages or enjoy recreation amenities such as an outdoor pool. This Art Deco lodge also features gift shops/newsstands, wedding services, and a picnic area. Getting to the surf and sand is a breeze with the complimentary beach shuttle.

Bembea House

Bembea House is situated on the edge of the picturesque fishermen’s village of Shela, alongside the dunes that fringe the long stretch of Shela beach. Located only a few footsteps from the famous Peponi Hotel, Bembea House offers a holiday that brings you into close touch with Africa where you can have a unique experience of this very special island. The house sleeps 2 to 4 people in two double bedrooms. Our staff is very committed, always willing to please the guests.

The four-storied house reflects the fascinating charm of traditional Swahili architecture mixed with eclectic furnishing and a personal touch of finest style and comfort. The whole house is equipped with unique pieces of tribal art.

Habibti House

Habibti House is a stunning three-storey Shela townhouse with five spacious bedrooms, all with bathrooms-en-suite. Located next to Jaha House, Habibti stands in a few footsteps distance to Shela’s remarkably colorful fishermen’s beach in a quiet residential neighbourhood.

Its magnificent rooftop, where you stay under shady Makuti shelters, overviews all blooming gardens down to Lamu creek, the sailing dhows and the mangroves of Manda Island. There is always a cool breeze in the house and every floor provides many ritzy spaces as comfortable Swahili beds to daydream under the open sky.

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The Majlis Resort

After wedding, honeymoon is the most awaited moment of life and you would want it to be very special and romantic. This phase is full of romance and you definitely need a nice setting to enjoy that feeling of love, happiness, contentment with your better half. A Honeymoon is incomplete if it doesn’t get a combo of romantic location and privacy that a newly wed couple needs.

Visit The Majlis Resort For An Unforgettable Honeymoon

You can get both at The Majlis Resort. There are a great number of honeymoon destinations located in Africa, but the experience that you will receive at this beach hotel is unbeatable. Anything you need for a perfect honeymoon is offered by the hotel, from pleasing surroundings to fun-filled activities such as boat & mainland safaris, boat excursions, snorkeling, water sports, etc. If you have any other desire, even that will be fulfilled at this Kenya honeymoon accommodation.

The Majlis Resort – A Romantic Destination For Honeymoon

You can explore this beautiful place by holding hands with your partner and spending some quality time in the hotel that offers fully air-conditioned and well-furnished rooms and plenty of other amenities. Their cozy honeymoon suits are designed to provide you a personal space and freedom, along with all the modern amenities to make your stay absolutely comfortable. The staff of the hotel is very friendly and courteous. Their highly trained professionals will remain at your service 24/7 during your stay at this Kenya honeymoon accommodation.

Mouth-Watering Cuisines

Another thing that you would want to relish during your honeymoon is different kinds of cuisines and the resort offers so much to try especially the delicacies which are prepared by mixing international dishes with some of the local ingredients. The food prepared by the hotel’s expert chefs has a unique taste and you surely won’t this anywhere else in the world. You can explore both local and international cuisines at the hotel’s restaurant.

 
Scenic Beauty

This Kenya honeymoon hotel is located at this wonderful island – Manda Island. The resort provides great views of the seafront over the Ras Kitau bay and the Shela village. The hotel is surrounded by the Indian Ocean from where you can hear the pleasant sound of the crystal clear water lapping against the shore. The beautiful scenery combining with the hotel’s luxurious services have no match with any other resort. Besides this, all the services are catered by highly experienced staff so you need not worry about anything, and just focus on making your honeymoon memorable.

Candle Light Dinner At The Beach

At The Majlis Resort, you can enjoy your candle-lit dinner set right under the night sky at the beach in the serene and quiet atmosphere.

The Red Pepper House

Private dinner under the stars
Can you imagine a romantic dinner lit by candles and lamps in the intimate surroundings of your private boma, the pool or the beach? We will be delighted to arrange it and provide you with a private waiter who will offer a service fit for the sultans of Lamu’s splendid past. You can choose the menu or barbecue and dine to the soundtrack of the sounds of the forest and the sea, under a sky filled with millions of glittering stars and the famous moon of Lamu.

 

Full moon dinner
Enjoy a marvellous evening on the sand whilst you take in the beautiful moon of Lamu – a night to remember.

 

Dinner on a Dhow
Experience a magical night that is truly out of this world, enjoy a wonderful African sunset from a traditional Arabian boat followed by the sight of a sky filled with more stars than you could ever imagine, with the melody of the Indian Ocean, a glass of sparkling wine, the light of the moon, the stars and candles illuminating your special evening. The perfect way to finish the day. (Activity not included in price).

Sunset with sparkling wine, wine or whatever you prefer, a charming evening spent watching the wonderful colors of the sunset of Lamu. A drink at dusk: At half past five in the afternoon, the pier, the beach or the dune are transformed into magical places from which to watch the African sunset, with the beautiful play of light upon the water, whilst listening to the sounds of Africa. You can enjoy the moment with wine, a gin and tonic, whisky, rum, fruit juices or soft drinks and a snacks. Secret place in the beach on the island of Manda from where you will enjoy all of the beauty of a sunset over the African continent.

Habibti House

Habibti House is a stunning three-story Shela townhouse with five spacious bedrooms, all with bathrooms-en-suite. Located next to Jaha House, Habibti stands in a few footsteps distance to Shela’s remarkably colorful fishermen’s beach in a quiet residential neighborhood.

Its magnificent rooftop, where you stay under shady Makuti shelters, overviews all blooming gardens down to Lamu creek, the sailing dhows and the mangroves of Manda Island. There is always a cool breeze in the house and every floor provides many ritzy spaces as comfortable Swahili beds to daydream under the open sky.

Kizingo Lodge

“Be warned. Kizingo’s insidious charm is addictive. A few days here...perfecting the art of snoozing in a hammock, and you could end up beached on Lamu for good.”

— Briain Jackman, for the Times

wild, untouched beaches; sand that’s talcum powder fine; dry, equatorial heat made luxurious by whispering wind; sunsets so breathtaking they stretch credulity; a blessed near-total absence of mosquitoes; calmness but not stillness, because everything sways and dances to nature; wonderful local staff; a happy, hospitable atmosphere; the eclectic and often eccentric company of people you won’t meet at home; the divine freedom to do little or nothing, or to swim with dolphins, to witness a turtle laying her eggs, to do heroic battle with serious fish, to potter, to explore, to water-ski, to kite surf…

Kipungani Explorer Lodge

Kipumgani Explorer Lamu, located on the ancient Arabian island-paradise of Lamu, is one of Africa’s most remote, relaxing and richly romantic coastal hideaways. Overlooking the tranquil waters of the sheltered Kipungani Channel, on the remote southwestern tip of Lamu island, Kipungani is a dream destination for those seeking a true away-from-it-all desert island holiday. After a 90-minute flight from Nairobi, you will be met at Manda Island and transported by boat to the lodge, which is located two degrees south of the Equator, on the edge of a deserted 14-kilometer beach.

The Palace Resort

Lamu Palace Hotel Resort is located in the main street of Lamu Island. Located in the heart of Lamu Island, along the shorefront cum harbor, this quaint luxury beach hotel is situated at the pulse of the town. Perhaps the widest paved walkway stretches alongside the hotel's attractive entrance and verandah, and makes a perfect spot to stop for a refreshing drink or a cup of coffee even if you are not staying at the hotel and while you watch the island's daily 'activities' unfold before you.

Lamu Palace Hotel's swimming pool is a 10-minute walk from the hotel and is uniquely located on a rooftop; there is also a spacious bar/lounge offering a fantastic view over the old port and Lamu Channel. For those wanting to try something really different, taxi donkey rides through the old town are available.Local bands like The Matondoni Taarab group sing Swahili-Arabic songs as part of the evening entertainment.

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RESTAURANTS

Coconut, ginger, cardamom, tamarind, lime and chili – these are some of the exotic flavors that dominate Swahili cuisine, combined with fresh seafood, rice and local tropical fruits. In the evenings the streets are thick with the smell of spices from stalls selling treats to snack on or for people to take home to their families. Restaurants range from small seafront cafes selling local dishes to more up-market restaurants selling both local and European-style fare; some hotels also have restaurants, which are open to outsiders. The sale of alcohol in Lamu is limited and bars are few, but there are a few local favorites.

Mwana Arafa Restaurant

Wonderful little place on Harambee Avenue, next to the donkey sanctuary. The setting is tranquil, with a lovely garden - a welcome respite from the buzz of the town.

Bush Gardens Restaurant

Situated in a busy section of Lamu’s seafront, BUSH GARDENS is a charming and popular restaurant / café serving local dishes, fresh seafood and sensational fresh fruit juices and smoothies.

Seafront Cafe and Guesthouse

Seafront Cafe and Guesthouse, right on Lamu’s seafront, offering a shady spot to enjoy freshly prepared, delicious Swahili seafood. Come and join us for fish, crab, lobster, prawns and calamari cooked with fresh Swahili spices, capturing the essence of local tastes.

 

Also offer juices made to order too. Choose from Mango, coconut, lime, passion, papaya, banana, watermelon and tamarind to name a few. Karibu!

Diamond Beach Village Restaurant

Delicious simple food and excellent pizzas are served at this charming location on Ras Kitau beach, which is ideal for sundowner. Rachael hosts movies and pizzas every Saturday night and often throws beach parties on the Full Moon. Sun beds are available for day visitors.

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Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Lamu is between the months of November and March. Lamu Island has slightly higher humidity level. The highest happens between January and March during mid-day through afternoon. Average temperatures in those months can reach 32°C during daytime and 26°C at night. From July to September, both humidity and temperature are at lower points. Dry season starts from January through February and July through October. During those months, Lamu Island enjoys longer hours of sunlight.

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Lamu Island Travel FAQs

Here are a list of frequently asked questions to help you travel.

What is the Visa requirement to travel to Kenya?

YES, visa is required.

Can I get internet access in Lamu Island, Kenya?

Yes, Kenya is reported to have the highest bandwidth per person in Africa, the fastest speeds and one of the lowest internet rates. There are numerous internet cafés across the island and most hotels and many cafés and restaurants offer free WIFI to their customers.

 

Do I need travel insurance before traveling to Lamu Island?

Absolutely. All passengers traveling with Trailblazer Travelz are highly recommended to purchase travel insurance before the start of their trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.

 

Is it safe to drink Lamu Island water?

The water may be safe to drink in large urban areas in Kenya. This means, the water is chlorinated and locals drink it from the tap with no problems. However, some strains of E. coli which you may not have immunity for, could be present in small concentrations causing diarrhea. Bottled water is recommended for the first few weeks while your body develops immunity.

However, in rural areas within Kenya, the water should be considered contaminated. Bring all tap water to a good rolling boil if you want to drink, brush your teeth or make ice cubes. Otherwise, buy capped bottled water from reputable brands.

Are credit cards accepted in Lamu Island?

VISA and Mastercard are very widely accepted in small businesses and restaurants.  Except for street side eateries and a few small shops who only accept cash so you need to have some cash, also for taxi, bus and light snacks.

Which International languages are widely spoken in Lamu Island, Kenya?

The official languages of Kenya are  English and Swahili (Kiswahili). There are more speakers of Swahili than English in Kenya. Swahili’s significance on the African continent is impossible to underestimate. The development of the Swahili language, with its powerful Arab and colonial influences, make it an intriguing point of study for both historians and linguists.

What is the currency of Kenya and tips for foreign exchange?

The currency is the Kenyan Shilling (KES) divided into 100 cents. Notes are denominated in 50, 200, 500 and 1,000 shillings. Coins are denominated in 5, 10 and 20 shillings. It is recommended to only change currency at an official bureau de change, local banks or authorized hotels. The best currency to bring is UK pounds, US dollars or Euros but other currencies will generally be exchanged. There is no restriction on the amount of currency that can be brought into Kenya. However, the limit for taking out Kenyan Shillings is 500,000 unless written authorization is obtained.

Can I use my Mobile/Cell phone while in Lamu Island, Kenya?

The telephone system is generally good and continually improving. Mobile services are excellent and local SIM cards can be purchased from the airport and at many locations. Internet services can also be available to guests in most resorts, hotels,and lodges.  Internet key connections for guests’ laptops etc can also be arranged. The international dial-in code for Kenya is +254. The dial-out code for international calls is 000.

 

Ensure you have global roaming activated before leaving home if you plan to use your mobile phone. However, find out from your phone carrier regarding roaming charges.

Are ATMs in Lamu Island, Kenya and can I use them?

ATMs are common in the main cities and generally work well. Banks are open Monday to Friday from 9am – 3pm and from 9am – 11am on the first and last Saturday of the month. Banks at the international airports are generally open 24 hours.

Is Tipping customary in Lamu Island?

Although tipping isn't mandatory but it pays to not just to be generous but to be thoughtful. It will be much appreciated given the low wages that service workers are typically paid. It's your call.

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RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL

Lamu island is predominately a Muslim culture which can mean multiple things. First dress conservatively. In addition, you won’t find any dedicated bars on the island since drinking alcohol is prohibited in Islam. However, most of  the hotels and resorts such as the iconic Peponi Hotel in Shela and luxury Majlis Resort provide plenty to entertain.

Culture clash: the rise of sex tourism

As in many countries where wealthy tourists exist alongside impoverished local communities, sex tourism has long been an issue in Kenya, particularly along the coast in areas such as Malindi, Mombasa and Diani. More disturbingly, according to a UN report, the majority of the sex workers are actually children under the age of 18. Some have been forced into this through poverty and the need to support their families; others have been trafficked.

Despite this practice being illegal in Kenya, little is being done to crack down on it.

What you can do
Don’t assume that if you are not in Kenya to take advantage of its children, then you are not part of the problem. As the law is poorly enforced, it comes down to local businesses and travelers to look out for the children’s well-being, so making a stand when you can is a crucial part of the fight against it. Some hotels, bars and restaurants will have signs or information in their menus stating their commitment to stamping out child sex tourism – so try and support these if you can.

If you see western tourists with local children, or a Kenyan child being brought into a hotel by a local adult, report it to the owner of the hotel or restaurant. It may be entirely innocent, but any ethical business will at least enquire. If they fail to act, take your business elsewhere. If you are very concerned that the child is in danger, report it to Kenya’s National Child Helpline on 116 (24 hour, toll free), run by Childline Kenya.

Unicef has developed a Code of Conduct which they are getting local businesses to sign – progress is slow, but do support these establishments if you can.

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