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