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If you really want to detach and go back in time, lamu is the place. Thick walls make phone network... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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Old school, rustic and takes you back in time

Narrow streets, hustling and bustling people, street food no cars only donkeys, really stunning... read more

Reviewed 13 September 2017
Adarsh S
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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.
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  • Very good33%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible3%
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you really want to detach and go back in time, lamu is the place. Thick walls make phone network hard, then again why would you want phones in the 16th century...beautiful town, amazing warm people.

Thank twofifty
Reviewed 13 September 2017

Narrow streets, hustling and bustling people, street food no cars only donkeys, really stunning architecture

Thank Adarsh S
Reviewed 5 September 2017

The old town of Lamu is a discovery... I've been here many times and every time there is something that surprises me. It's a place like no other in the world, where time stays still. Mainly Muslim, if you are a woman make sure your...More

Thank Stefania P
Reviewed 28 July 2017

Lamu old town is a heritage site, or at least so it is sold. Unfortunately, there are a lot of changes that have been made to the traditional houses and many extra floors were added. It is a bit sad to see that the conservation...More

Thank midnight_in_belgium
Reviewed 20 July 2017 via mobile

We do like a wander around new places and the narrow streets and alleys and shops etc were certainly interesting. They are also hot dirty and smelly in places as they often are! So a limited time only, for us. There are hidden gems to...More

Thank bikesrule
Reviewed 5 July 2017

This is one of the best historical sites I've ever had the privilege to visit, specifically because it's easy to forget it's a historical site. Every inch of the place is packed with life and happenings, from vegetable venders to government registration buildings. One thing...More

Thank Liam_Ragan
Reviewed 3 July 2017

Lamu Old Town is rife with authentic appeal! Had a 40 minutes stroll in the alleys and definitely treated myself to a donkey ride :-). What I loved most was the people we met. It was during the Ramadan season, so the town was not...More

Thank mbula2016
Reviewed 25 June 2017 via mobile

During my recent stay, I visited old town for shopping as well as just a quick walk through. Lamu folks are very welcoming and make you feel right at home. Wonderful and charming shops to buy souvenirs for friends and family.I bought Silver Jewelry from...More

Thank kmwaura
Reviewed 12 June 2017

We arrived early one Saturday morning with a guided escort. The guide was arranged by our hotel and Cost 1500Kes. It was really worth this money. His name was Ali Saltan from Shela Village. Fabulous job! The temperature was so very hot and Ali frequently...More

Thank Linda R
Reviewed 14 May 2017 via mobile

It's a fascinating place at the crossroads of the ancient mercantile paths where cultures of India, Persia as well Arabia crossed to leave it's traces in the Swahili language that we all know nowadays. The language as well as architecture were one the most significant...More

Thank Timbuktu17xx
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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