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Eating Seafood Atop an Old Tamarind Tree - 8 months ago, 13 July 14:39

Kalume Kazungu

Two years ago, Babu Obbo, a young entrepreneur ploughed his all his savings in turning an old tamarind tree into a hotel. There is nothing luxurious about this hotel built with tamarind tree branches peeping from its windows, yet it attracts tourists in droves to Lamu.

“Initially, when it was just a tamarind tree aged over 100 years, locals and tourists loved to just seat under its massive shade and enjoy the cold breeze from the Indian Ocean. Then I saw an investment opportunity. I asked myself, how about I turn it into a permanent hangout spot with plenty of delicious Swahili food and definitely the tamarind juice? That’s how I opened Lamu Tamarind Tree Café,” says Mr Babu.

He says he spent about Sh1 million to construct the café using locally sourced materials. Babu later left the tree-house hotel to his brother Hassan Obbo.

The café made from mangrove poles, casuarina ...
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