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Quant old town with good beaches

We had an enjoyable visit for a long weekend Thee was plenty of good staffed accommodation... read more

Reviewed 6 December 2018
Timothy F
Lilongwe, Malawi
Lovely people

Great town, with such lovely locals. It has such a rich history and it's very vibrant in culture... read more

Reviewed 12 November 2018
Nairobi, Kenya
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Distinctive architectural features in this old town center, such as enclosed courtyards and intricately carved doorways, exhibit the confluence of Arabic, Indian and European cultures.
Lamu Island, Kenya
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All reviews narrow streets old town beautiful place east africa world heritage site seafood mode of transport swahili style many places donkey poo shela beach unique culture the main street sea front call to prayer couple of hours local guide
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Reviewed 6 December 2018

We had an enjoyable visit for a long weekend Thee was plenty of good staffed accommodation available. We were cooked for by a great cook We walked in the town visited the fort walked on the beach and went to a film night mainly attended...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Timothy F
Reviewed 12 November 2018 via mobile

Great town, with such lovely locals. It has such a rich history and it's very vibrant in culture. Better get a local guide to help you navigate through the maze of houses or you'll get lost and Google maps won't help.

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed 20 October 2018

Lamu has a unique culture and atmosphere. As influenced by Arabs as Africans. The architecture is beautiful highlighted by the intricately carved wooden doors which are everywhere. Only donkeys, no cars. To really appreciate it you need a guide to get you into one of...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Nigel F
Reviewed 26 September 2018 via mobile

We decided to do a morning trip to the old town, it was ok, but we were a bit disappointed, thought there would be many more interesting places and crafts places to visit. Some of the craft / furniture shops we did go into, the...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Feathers08
Reviewed 27 August 2018 via mobile

I never wanted to leave Lamu. It's like stepping back in time with its narrow alleyways, donkeys, old buildings with old fashioned spice and curio shops. The call of the prayer echoing from several mosques just adds to the Arabic influence. People are friendly, curios...More

Date of experience: February 2018
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Reviewed 26 August 2018 via mobile

I ve been visiting East Africa for many years now and have visited many places around but this must be one of the most beautiful places. It felt like time stood still or even It felt like a place where you read in books some...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Umnada
Reviewed 19 August 2018

Lamu is a place to visit and linger a while if you appreciate time away from the well beaten path. We stayed in Jannat House (separate review to follow), two persons, B&B, for eight nights for $300. Lamu is a buzzing place with narrow streets,...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Expectmoretoday
Reviewed 17 August 2018

Lamu old town is like no other place on earth, the narrow lanes, bulky masses and the donkeys make it a location for 1001 tales

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Mamdouh S
Reviewed 9 August 2018 via mobile

Would very much recommend to take a guide to visit the old town of Lamu. Our hotel arranged one for 1500 shilling (15 dollar). He knows the way in the maze narrow streets behind the seafront. Otherwise Lamu very much is what it is hyped...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Hermes_NL
Reviewed 9 August 2018

Lamu was an amazing place to visit. A place where one walks and discovers new sights at every corners in each of the narrow alleyways. the architecture, diversity of people and arts is amazing. There is modern and old all together. Many beaches in close...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Hanan S
1 September 2018|
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Response from Bernice J | Reviewed this property |
Hello, we used a flight from Nairobi to Lamu (Manda airport)
Ashley D
14 October 2016|
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Response from jkdavis2016 |
If you are really adventurous and don't have much money, you can take public transport (bus) but I would advise against it, unless you are really on a budget, are not in a hurry, and don't mind heat, crowds, etc. Best way is... More