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A town worth the visit!

Wonderful town to wander. Despite tourism being a dominant trade, this place magically maintains... read more

Reviewed 28 July 2015
Ellen J
,
Nairobi, Kenya
Fun to explore, but lots of hustlers

Lamu old town was great to explore, but definitely be firm with anyone who comes up to talk to you... read more

Reviewed 27 July 2015
ladyswashbuckler
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Seattle, Washington
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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.
  • Excellent55%
  • Very good33%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible3%
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“narrow streets” (24 reviews)
“indian ocean” (5 reviews)
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Lamu Island, Kenya
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Reviewed 28 July 2015

Wonderful town to wander. Despite tourism being a dominant trade, this place magically maintains "Old Town" qualities. The streets are narrow (watch out for donkeys!) and fun to explore. Fresh juice and delicious meals are available up and down the sea front. Beer is easier...More

Thank Ellen J
Reviewed 27 July 2015

Lamu old town was great to explore, but definitely be firm with anyone who comes up to talk to you otherwise you will find yourself constantly being harassed for tours, etc. It would be worth it to arrange a professional guide for a tour through...More

Thank ladyswashbuckler
Reviewed 13 July 2015 via mobile

I guess I expected more from a UNESCO site but this is a poor region. It's definitely a step back in time to simpler life. Nearly every building is run down, though the architecture is unique. It helped to go with a local guide who...More

Thank alibarbaraMilwaukee
Reviewed 9 July 2015

The doors on many buildings are magnificent! Beautiful, small port city on the Indian Ocean which has been used for filming locale for several movies. The people in this area are a blend of many generations of Africans and Middle Eastern. They are predominantly Muslim....More

Thank Pat K
Reviewed 6 July 2015

It is entering another time;no cars,narrow street and everyone says hello.This island is my happy place

Thank Clara O
Reviewed 23 June 2015 via mobile

Lamu is a really stunning example of a medieval Swahili port town that is a must to see if in Kenya. We booked a restored house to stay in which was fantastic and very good value. Wandering the narrow streets and enjoying the architecture is...More

Thank SukaMakanLos
Reviewed 17 June 2015

But it has tons of character and if you know how to haggle you can get some good deals (the opposite is true too, you can get severely ripped off). The streets are narrow and often muddy with people, carts, and donkeys rushing past you....More

1  Thank Tash H
Reviewed 25 April 2015

Beautiful,laid back,generally clean.You must visit,once the place is safe and free of Al Shabaab threat

1  Thank Audit R
Reviewed 25 March 2015

if you want to stay away from Cars, fast life style. Lamu is the place to be. People, and almost everything is amazing. Slow and peaceful. Seafront restaurants offers some of the best foods, and benches to relax are almost everywhere. All i do is...More

1  Thank chuu143
Reviewed 22 February 2015

Exploring on your own can be fun, but we took a guide to show us before we independently explored - lots of little alley ways. (Always follow the water in the gulleys- it goes to the sea) We learnt alot about the history of the...More

Thank Twiga64
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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
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