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Lamu Old Town

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Description: 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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Old Lamu Town is a centuries-old settlement on the island, heavily influenced by its Omani overlords until the British colonized. The confined streets, numerous mosques, and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 20, 2015
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Richardson, Texas
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Richardson, Texas
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11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Old Lamu Town is a centuries-old settlement on the island, heavily influenced by its Omani overlords until the British colonized. The confined streets, numerous mosques, and maze-like structure are a large part of the town's charm. Every day I take two or three turns through the city, often down the same narrow walkways. The feast doesn't become stale. Walk past... More 

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Malindi, Kenya
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

There's not much to do in Lamu, which is its charm. Just walk the lanes, look at the carved doors, talk to the people and enjoy an atmosphere that feels as if it hasn't changed in decades.

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Nairobi, Kenya
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Lamu, a town on Lamu Island in the Lamu Archipelago. It reeks of history. The town is characterized by narrow streets and magnificent stone buildings with impressive curved doors, ornately engraved with Swahili and Arab history. There are no vehicles. The donkey is the beast of burden and the transporter. A tribute to this is the free Donkey Sanctuary, for... More 

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Nairobi, Kenya
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Cobbled streets, little shops and merchants crowd the narrow walkways of the hostoric stone town of Lamu. Filled with Swahili and Arab culture, you are drawn into an old world where tradtions are strong and culture and family is the dominating factor. Donkeys are abundant as they are used to transport goods around and you can buy cloth, furniture, spices,... More 

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Mombasa, Kenya
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

The features of the town brings vividly the way people were creative and innovative in the past,it shows very well the early lives and culture of Swahili people of Kenya and East Africa,one should not miss in his lifetime to come in such a place.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Lamu old town is quite awesome. You could just walk around admiring the narrow lanes and buildings. People are very friendly.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

A most welcoming town. Everyone greets you with warmth.It is a most safe town in which to walk alone, should you so require.

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Kampala, Uganda
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

take your time getting lost in this treasure. this good shopping if you look for it. the people are friendly and it's a great way to spend a day or two if you're staying in Shela

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Nairobi, Kenya
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

Wonderful town to wander. Despite tourism being a dominant trade, this place magically maintains "Old Town" qualities. The streets are narrow (watch out for donkeys!) and fun to explore. Fresh juice and delicious meals are available up and down the sea front. Beer is easier to find than many other reviews imply. Lots of tour activities, which leads to lots... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

Lamu old town was great to explore, but definitely be firm with anyone who comes up to talk to you otherwise you will find yourself constantly being harassed for tours, etc. It would be worth it to arrange a professional guide for a tour through your hotel to get your bearings and be "taken" and have someone to fend off... More 

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