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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 just to fly. Direct flights from MSA should be easy to find.