The Kijani Hotel

Life in Lamu has a distinctly Arab-oriental flavour, ladies scurry down back streets wearing buibuis (black cloaks which cover them entirely) and yet they are prone to shadowing their dark eyes with coal and have been known to cast glamorous glances from the folds of their buibuis towards favoured admirers.

In the evenings the aroma of thick Turkishlike coffee permeates the atmosphere; old men sit together philosophizing on the front steps of their houses, and little boys chase one another, darting in and out of quaint shops that line the main street.