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Stepping back in time

Lamu has a unique culture and atmosphere. As influenced by Arabs as Africans. The architecture is... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Nigel F
London, United Kingdom
A old town

We decided to do a morning trip to the old town, it was ok, but we were a bit disappointed, thought... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Marcine C
Nosy Komba, Madagascar
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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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Reviewed yesterday

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

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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

Thank Marcine C
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

Thank 519taheram
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

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

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

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

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

Thank anila911
Reviewed 8 August 2018

My most recent visit to Lamu was less than a year ago (July 2018); but given that I've been there many times over the years since 1978, I have dear Swahili friends there. Two hotels I can recommend are Lamu Archipelago (on the waterfront), and...More

Thank Msafiri_Hodari_Sana
Reviewed 7 August 2018

I go to Lamu every year and every year I discover seething new. The locals are amazingly helpful. Each winding street looking deliciously appealing. You can easily spend an entire afternoon just wandering about, admiring at the architecture and little souvenir shops. Be careful you...More

Thank tjthefoodie
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Hanan S
1 September 2018|
Response from Mamdouh S | Reviewed this property |
Flights, the road is not safe at all
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