With a history dating back more then 700 years, the island of Lamu on Kenya's north coat is a unique crumbling fusion of Swahili, Arabic, Persian, Indian and European architecture. Walking the Old Stone Town's labyrinth of narrow lane ways, some as wide as your shoulders, is like stepping back in time with magnificent coral stone buildings and impressive oversized carved timber doors around every corner.
Transportation in the Old Town is traditional with donkeys the only form of transport permitted. These treasured, long-eared creatures are more than 5,000 strong and a special part of the island's heritage; with a dedicated donkey sanctuary and hospital serving the community and assisting owners care for these beautiful animals.
[Images: 1, 3-6 Sandy Bornman, 2 Kellie Shearwood]