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“Fast losing its identity amidst the filth of Lamu”
Review of Lamu Old Town

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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 26 October 2009

While Lamu Old Town is a worth preserving as a world heritage site, it is small and fast being dwarfed by all sorts of modern commerical activities like new horiible buldings. The general filth surrounding the old town is fast degrading this quaint reminder of yesteryears into a squalor best avoided - no matter how attractive the place may be.

What's more, there is a good chance that a modern port will be built on the flip side of the island and knowing Kenyan authorities and Kenyans (I am also a Kenyan) the site will not be preserved for too long - giving way for money and money making activities which are valued a lot more in this country than preserving one's heritage!

And I dont even want to start on the activities that US Marines bring to this Islamic island when on leave from the US Naval Base not so far away.

Thank SurajShah
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Reviewed 23 October 2009

This place is steeped in history and is quite unique. There are no cars and people travel round on donkeys. And oddly enough there's a Liverpool supporters club/bar. Overall it's a fascinating place but spoilt by rubbish. Everywhere we turned that's all we saw, rubbish. It was so disappointing and unnecessary. Never the less, I've rated it 4*, but having visited many World Heritage sites, I think Lamu is being neglected and I wonder what checks are done to maintain the town as it should be.

1  Thank droenna
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Reviewed 5 November 2008

First off, I'd like to say thank you to Feeroz Jagani and his wife, Mony Jagani, from Safari Travel for booking all arrangements in Nairobi and Lamu, Kenya. Thank you as well to Feeroz's assistant, Nelson... such an amazing individual! I have traveled a lot & Safari Travel was the best company I have ever worked with! It was a pure pleasure communicating with Feeroz and felt at ease and in the best hands right from the start! I highly recommend using Safari Travel for anyone interested in traveling to East Africa! Not only was every detail to perfection, but the amazing personal attention/touches and competitive prices were truly unbelievable! Safai Travel goes above and beyond to ensure you have a true vacation of a lifetime! Feeroz knows East Africa inside and out and has a very reputable reputation, especially in Kenya... from hotels, restaurants, locals, etc. Trust me...if you are thinking about traveling to East Africa, you MUST get in touch with Feeroz Jagani at Safari Travel!! www.safaritravel.biz
Now, in regards to LAMU.... such an interesting and beautiful place! From the narrow cobblestone streets, ancient intricate buildings and doors, donkeys, friendly people, history, and dhows... it's a very unforgettable place! There are many places to stay in Lamu town, but if you're looking for something more private, secluded, and romantic... head over to Kipungani Explorer! I was indicisive between Pepponi Hotel & Kipungani Explorer because of Pepponi's world-renowned name, but am very happy about Feeroz's suggestion of Kipungani Explorer! It was true paradise! You can take a boat to Lamu town and spend a couple of hours wandering the narrow streets and take a donkey to Pepponi for lunch...if you feel you need to see Pepponi. This was suggested by Feeroz @ Safari Travel and was right on point! Staying at Kipungani Explorer, it was touch to leave, but Lamu Old Town is a must see. I recommend Lamu island for anyone looking for some R&R and a unique experience!

3  Thank GlobalLove
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Reviewed 29 August 2006

My 5th visit. Just getting below the surface. Take time and look carefully into the shadows of the workshops and godowns. You will miss most of it at first glance. A very friendly town which repays getting to know; A Swahili Stone Town smaller and gentler than Zanzibar. Its resources are limited but in a very beautiful setting. No cars, only donkeys for transport and they do leave traces!

Islam is very present. The older people are more laid back but many of the younger women wear the bui bui and cover their faces, as much a fashion statement as a religious one. Perhaps the only truly Islamic town where English is the official language. A window onto a very different world for English speakers interested in Islam.

Once you get there, living can be either high end or really cheap. No roads so no taxis, but dhows are the main form of transport.

5  Thank Christopher-Kay
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Reviewed 24 October 2005

It could have been so much more, if they only cared. Sad to see the old town so run down and in shambles. There was only one cute store, Gallery Baraka. The people were nice but the 'streets' and old town were just in such a bad state. Florence is old, but still cared for... not the case in this old sad little village.

3  Thank TravelHook
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