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A-maze-ing!

Narrow streets set like a maze. Lots to see. Many vendors along the way and some donkeys. The... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Sherrie04
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Ohio
You have to dive in!

Spent 3 days wandering the streets of Lamu Town, it is really full on but do just get stuck in! The... read more

Reviewed 3 April 2018
Lianna F
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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 good32%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible3%
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Lamu Island, Kenya
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Narrow streets set like a maze. Lots to see. Many vendors along the way and some donkeys. The market is interesting to see but can get overwhelming.

Thank Sherrie04
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Reviewed 3 April 2018

Spent 3 days wandering the streets of Lamu Town, it is really full on but do just get stuck in! The museum is an absolute must- and ask for Ali to be your guide. I ate at Seafront which was lovely, be sure to look...More

Thank Lianna F
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Reviewed 21 March 2018 via mobile

Lamu old town is an interesting place to visit. The building and streets are very much reserved from the olden days. Impressive how locals are still living so close to one another

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Reviewed 20 March 2018

Lamu town dates back to the 7th century, it is declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here you will see narrow walkways, age old Swahili Architecture, no cars, donkeys, Art/Craft Shops + delicious seafood. For those seeking relaxation & total peace of mind, Lamu is...More

Thank STEFANILARDA
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Reviewed 20 March 2018

Lamu old town is a must visit. Its is awesome, friendly people lots of activities to do and the most amazing using the donkey taxis. Its the only town in Kenya with one street and 2 cars. The food is also yummy and cheap.

Thank Bernice J
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Reviewed 14 March 2018

We recently spent a couple of hours in Lamu Old Town while waiting for a relative to arrive on the midday flight into Manda airport. It was very hot and had the authentic aroma that comes from open rainwater and washing drains running along the...More

Thank Greychristian
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Reviewed 19 February 2018

Wander the narrow, historic streets and meet the friendly locals. Pay attention to the beautiful intricate carvings on the Swahili style doors. Taste the street food, watch news in the evenings on the projector in the main square. Smile and say "jambo" - you're in...More

Thank jenviajera
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Reviewed 13 February 2018

I can highly recommend to spend at least a morning in this lovely town. When you enter the port of Lamu Town, it feels like a step back into time. Lamu town has architectural designs dating back 700 years and they are a mixture of...More

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Reviewed 11 February 2018 via mobile

Do you want to see Zanzibar the way it used to be? Well come to Lamu and go back in time. This is an active Swahili coast town where you can be exposed to their culture without over tourism. A must see.

Thank Miotoni
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Reviewed 5 February 2018

Well worth a visit to this lovely little town where donkeys and cycles are main mode of transport. We got a boat from Shela Beach and back again, wandered around the town and said hello to the lovely people who live and work there. A...More

Thank Harrycrac
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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
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