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Lamu Old Town

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Address: Lamu Island, Kenya
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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Lamu and Shela

Beautiful place. Old with lots of Islamic influence. Stayed at Mswafini hotel on Shela beach. Excellent service and top class accomondation. Request for 3rd floor Room 3 for the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 30, 2014
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Nairobi, Kenya
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Nairobi, Kenya
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

Beautiful place. Old with lots of Islamic influence. Stayed at Mswafini hotel on Shela beach. Excellent service and top class accomondation. Request for 3rd floor Room 3 for the best and exquisite view of the islands.

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Malindi, Kenya
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014

25 December 2014 Merry Christmas and a Very Happy New Year to All. There are 2 new openings in Lamu that are worth visiting. Firstly, if you are tired and exhausted after a hard day out on an ecursion or trip or similar, check out the new ECLIPSE Japanese Massage at Lamu Fort, for Japanese Shiatsu massages by machines only... More 

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Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

Quaint old, messy and nice town on Lamu Island. Narrow streets lined with Arab style buildings. Many nice restaurants along the port. Friendly people who will try to sell you something but accept when you turn them down.

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London
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

A very charming town . Small narrow streets without cars, just donkeys. Visit the old fort and also the nice restaurants along the coastline. Take a boat and enjoy the beaches at Shella fifteen minutes from Lamu town, discuss the price or ask for Nasri a nice man with a swedish flag on his boat

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London, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

It was as usual most welcoming and rather quaint in its way. There is nothing to dislike. The donkeys add character.

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Nairobi
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

Lamu Island is my favourite holiday destination. There is a rich Arab/Swahili culture - friendly locals and delicious yet affordable sea food. The beaches stretch for miles and unlike other coastal beaches in Kenya, are not crowded. It feel like a private beach. There are amazing sand hills beside Shela beach. One has to ride a motor boat from Lamu... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

You have to walk around the old town and take in the extraordinary mix of people, and the atmosphere of an ancient Islamic trading port. Parts of it are very run down but everyone is friendly and it is a special place you wont forget.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

History at your footstep. Unique island, buildings and environment. Tarnished slightly by the constant hustling, brought about largely by current employment due to collapse of the tourist industry due to the travel ban by several western countries - which should be lifted.

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Kissimmee
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

The Swahili North. The island lies 2 degrees south of the Equator along Kenya’s coast. The archipelago is a chain of islands separated from the mainland by a narrow channel bordered with dense mangrove forest and protected from the Indian Ocean by coral reefs and large sand dunes. Different from anywhere else I've ever been.  The people are interesting.  ... More 

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Mombasa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Lamu,one of the most surprising place.Out of this world,incredible atmosphere.the people are very pleasant and make you to feel safe and happy.The old town lied you back century's ago and you can get lost into those intricate small street just wide for people to pass.But do not worry they will be always somebody to kindly redirect you.No car in the... More 

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