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Lamu Archipelago:

Lamu, Manda and Paté are the three largest islands of the archipelago, located in the Indian Ocean close to the northern coast of Kenya.  Lamu Island is linked by ferry to the mainland and to Manda Island.  Lamu Town, Kenya's oldest living town is one of the original Swahili settlements along coastal East Africa. It was settled by Arab traders in the 14th century.  The people of the island do not use motorized vehicles hence transportation and heavy work is done using donkeys.  The island has a donkey sanctuary that provides free treatment to the animals.  Manda Island is known for its 9th-century ports of Takwa and Manda town, both abandoned in the 19th century, probably for lack of water.  In the 1960s, two concrete catchments were built to capture rain water on the island.  Today, Lamu is served by an airport and ferry service to Lamu.  By the 1600s, Paté Island was colonized by Arabic traders.  Like Manda, it has no motorized transport.



 
 
 
 

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