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Lamu Old Town

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Address: Lamu Island, Kenya

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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Another time another world

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.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Lucia B
Shanghai, China
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Shanghai, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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.

Thank Lucia B
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW 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.

Thank Nils C
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Lamu Town is a gem. I had heard about it from a friend years ago and have wanted to go ever since. It didn't disappoint. We met wonderful people, stayed in a great hotel (JamboHouse), and had a great time exploring, swimming in the Indian Ocean, and eating great Swahili food. Highly recommended!

Thank Sean M
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Definitely worth doing a guided tour around this lovely little town. We had an excellent guide who walked us through the backstreets, we went to designer studios, local craftsmen and it WAS NOT pushy (to get you to spend). Lovely afternoon - chilled and relaxed

Thank AnnaLou1981
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lamu old town is really worth a visit. The architecture is impressive, many old buildings with arabic style are well preserved, the narrow streets with donkeys as only transport means are charming, and most people living there are friendly and happy about visitors. The old town is the most interesting part. Our guide, Abdullah (+254 722 755 566) was very... More 

Thank Anne-cha7
Nairobi, Kenya
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016

Lamu island - A UNESCO world heritage site, is a place that has somehow preserved it's beautiful past and welcomes you with an open heart. The most unique features that Lamu has on offer are - the unique old town, which has more or less remained the same since hundreds of years - offering a rich historical experience, the narrow... More 

Thank GauravMarwaha
Arlington, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

Highly recommend a guide to help you navigate Lamu Old Town as the roads can be windy and alleys narrow. It was great to visit and see and learn a bit of the history. Lots of little shops. We didn't have time to go to the Museum, but hear it is good!

Thank MonaB1980
Zagreb, Croatia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016

I was not impressed with Lamu old town. Pretty dirty, with open sewage running and a lot of garbage everywhere. Narrow busy streets, but really nothing special about it.

Thank Dinko P
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016 via mobile

I found it had similarities to the median in Marrakech. Buildings with a hint of Arabic style, narrow streets with people living their life and some looking for business with tourists. Not really any pushy sellers or guides. We walked through the town aimlessly and had little talks with locals on the way who wished us karibu (welcome). Overall a... More 

Thank Christian M
Johannesburg, South Africa
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

I travel widely and live in Africa so rarely feel intimidated by shop keepers etc but really didn't feel comfortable in Lamu even though I was with a frequent visitor who speaks Swahili.

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