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Lamu is East Africa's most intact Swahili settlement and Kenya's oldest continually inhabited town. The town is believed to be established in 1370 and has a colourful history of influence by the Portuguese, Omani and Zanzibari. For a long time the town served as a trading post for seafaring Arabs, Indian and the local Africans. More recently Lamu county and Lamu island has dealt with several kidnappings and fatal attacks from Al Shabab, the threat is ongoing but has periods of calm. The island is tucked away in Manda Bay on the northern coast of Kenya, it is a popular weekend getaway and artist retreat for both Kenyan's and foreigners who needs some quiet time to write, create and relax. Life in Lamu is lived in the street, the narrow winding alleyways are the veins of the island, donkeys, wheel barrows, street salesmen, but no cars... Tourism is an essential part of the economy offering guided tours of the town, dhow trips including fishing and sundowners and beautiful beaches with Indian Ocean views, Lamu is truly a place to escape the hustle of modern day city life.