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Lamu Old Town

Lamu Island, Kenya
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
Traveler Description: I was really sad and angry to read the last review of Lamu Old Town. This from an American presumabley expecting a cutesy, sanitised "Disneyesque... more »
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Nairobi, Kenya
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

It's a unique town where they have preserved their culture. The people there are very friendly, another interesting bit is the fact that there are no cars just donkeys that are used for transport. The town is also quite cool as compared to Lamu mainland due to the ocean breezes.

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Kristiansand
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

This is a very well old town taken care of by foreigners who try to protect the old arcitecture and atmosfere in this special town with no cars, only donkeys and two motorbikes. The friendly atmosfere is also taken care of by the muslim academy. You can visit the old ruins or go by dhow to the beautiful beaches around... More

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Almere, The Netherlands
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

Unique town. It's almost as if you're a century ago. No cars, only people, donkeys and the very special Lamu cats.

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Nairobi, Kenya
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

Lamu town is small enough to do in a half day and interesting enough not to miss. Get a good guide and go early.

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Nairobi
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Lamu is incredible and extremely safe. I returned from Lamu during a period where everyone is too afraid to go there due to all the negative publicity. I had the ,most incredible time walking on the lovely streets of Lamu. I took a sailing boat and went open water fishing and were lucky to get 7 fish. The people are... More

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

I have been there 3 years ago and it was lovely, but considering current situation with somali terrorists I would think twice before going these days. Anyway, I did not have big expectations coming to the island but once I arrived I loved it from a first sight. There is no traffic, no roads, just donkeys instead of cars running... More

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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12 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

Just love lamu - lovely slow pace, friendly people and such atmosphere. The old town with its narrow little streets has such character. Would definitely go back again.

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barcelona
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

Lamu town is wonderful and unique. Since 2008 I spent each year many weeks in Lamu and Shela. Even during 2011/2012 in spite of the negative travel advices. Have never felt fear of anything but pity that tourists had cancelled their bookings during those times.

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Kilifi, Kenya
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

Lamu is a fantastic place... and am really tired of people worrying about safety there! It is safer than Paris, New York or any other place in Kenya! Peaceful. Safe. Lamu people suffer from this bad reputation given to them by embassies/ travel warnings or crazy western companies and journalists that truly have no clue what they are talking about!... More

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Seoul, South Korea
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59 reviews 59 reviews
29 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

I've travelled many countries and towns in africa, and this still stands to be my favourite. I loved Zanzibar and Stone Town, but it was little bit too touristic with everybody wanting to sell you something, and people being too sensitive about picture taking. I heard great things about Lamu and I wanted to go, and the town didn't disappoint... More

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