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Hanover
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Safety

I am scheduled to go to Lamu Island in August. Getting nervous about the attacks. Should I re think my travel plans?

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Newcastle upon...
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1. Re: Safety

Hi,

that depends are your personal level of risk your willing to take. I think what you need to ask yourself is could you relax and enjoy yourself in Lamu? as that is what a holiday is all about.

In all likelihood you will be in fine even if things in that greater have been bad. Though we don't know the future and that is where your own personal risk assessment comes into it.

Isle of Man, United...
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Whilst only you know the level of discomfort you can cope with all I can add is if it were me going I would go.

There are bigger risks being run everyday that nobody turns a hair with.

mombasa
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3. Re: Safety

Lamu Island is serene and has never had any incident. You fly in and land at Manda and simply cross on to the island. Welcome to lamu and enjoy every bit of your stay.

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4. Re: Safety

Hi - Any updates on the safety situation on Lamu Island? I plan on visiting this winter. Laura M, how was your experience in August?

Hanover
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5. Re: Safety

I didn't go. I heard so many stories before, I extended my time at a camp instead. Still would love to go sometime, but not with the way the world is.

Manchester, United...
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6. Re: Safety

The only factor at the moment that may make a difference is a curfew from 6pm until 6am on Lamu, this curfew was introduced on 20th July 2014 for one month but sadly is still in place causing economic hardship for the local people especially the fishermen.

It is supposed to be finished on 23rd November but it has not been confirmed yet.

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Karatu, Tanzania
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7. Re: Safety

Does anyone know the current safety situation for Lamu in 2015? Has anyone been there recently?

Lamu Island, Kenya
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8. Re: Safety

On Lamu Island itself there were no problems. Since Christmas there is no curfew anymore. We recommend traveling to Lamu by plane from Malindi or Nairobi. Buses are running in convoy and with police escort but from Mombasa it takes around 9 hours on a partly bumpy road.

London
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9. Re: Safety

I agree with the Jambo House post. Fly to Manda Island from Nairobi or Malindi and get a boat across. Do not travel by bus from the mainland.

There has been no trouble at all on Lamu Island it's a wonderful place to visit, don't be put off by scare stories. The only problem for travelers from the UK/Europe is that our Government travel advice is not to travel to Kenya unless necessary due to the trouble with Somalia, this negates any travel insurance. As with any trip away from your homeland, travel insurance is essential, especially when serious illness might incur a rescue plane to Nairobi and repatriation, let alone hospital fees. My advice is to check with your insurance company and take out additional cover if possible. Otherwise go and have an amazing time.

Ukunda, Coast, Kenya
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10. Re: Safety

Jazzy,

Please be careful with your facts. The travel advisories, at least those related to Somalia, do not cover the entire country.

I won't repeat the whole list of affected areas here but anyone can read them on their own government's foreign ministry website.

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