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Lamu Old Town

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Address: Lamu Island, Kenya
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Distinctive architectural features in this old town center, such as...

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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Off the beaten track

We don't usually use town/city guides, but this time found it really worthwhile as we went to a number of places we would have missed or not been sure we could enter. Walking... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Kununurra, Australia
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Kununurra, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We don't usually use town/city guides, but this time found it really worthwhile as we went to a number of places we would have missed or not been sure we could enter. Walking along the ally one block from the seafront was an interesting experience to see more of the local less touristy area. The market was quite small, but... More 

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Tiwi, Kenya
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The narrow streets traversed by donkey weave through a great variety of charming shops, small hotels and hidden private houses that are reputedly luxurious within. Try and find a good book that describes Lamu and its history before you visit.

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Chandigarh, India
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

book stay at shella and cover lamu in day time. Lamu can be visited by walking or motor boat. lamu do not have good beaches nor major tourism. it's actually shella where people stay and visit more. shella has nice beaches very good restaurants and stay arrangements for all budgets.

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Thank yash_manchanda
Vancouver Island, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wonderful environment, friendly people; helpful and courteous often colourfully dressed . Many, many donkeys, narrow passageways/alleys leading in various directions. Lovely promenade, constant traffic from the water.

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Thank CM J
Somerset, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There is not a single Car in this town. It remains much like it was when the original Omani traders arrived here centuries ago. Primary means of transport are donkeys and dhows. Much of the original architecture is unchanged and the doors in particular are amazingly ornate. Well worth a visit!

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Thank Adam S
Nairobi, Kenya
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2017

Lamu town is every bit rich in culture and history from iys people,to the buildings,even the air itself would draw you to this conclusion,with buildings as old as time the town emanates an old Swahili feel.The food is amazing as it whets your appetite as you pass the hotels and the spices tempt you to empty your wallet at each... More 

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Thank NSaruni
Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2017

While staying at the Beach House on the waterfront visiting the Old town is a must. So much culture wrapped up in the surroundings. The people are friendly and the sites are stunning. Take a walk down the beach, have a ride on a dhow at sunset, sample the local cuisine, you won't regret it!

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Thank tallika_fan
Nairobi, Kenya
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2017

Lamu town is lovely but beware of this man, he stole 6,000 shillings from us. His name is Captain Babu and he is a tour guide that you pick up in Lamu. Overall, he made our whole week quite miserable and unpleasant. We tried to get our money back, but ended up wasting our time more than anything. I recommend... More 

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Shanghai, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2017

it's another time another world town. I love the atmosphere, the people, the smiles, the small lanes and the sea. Absolutely a must see if you are in Kenya.

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Thank Lucia B
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

The old town of Lamu has a beautiful traditional architecture. The streets are quite small and people are using mostly donkeys for the transport.

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