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Lamu Old Town

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Address: Lamu Island, Kenya
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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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Very original and still keeping the real spirit

Walking through Old Town in Lamu is very relaxing. No vehicles, donkeys, pedestrians and pedestrians... no stress, it is a trip in time, going back to other century. Very much... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Jimenairobito
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Nairobi, Kenya
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Nairobi, Kenya
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55 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Walking through Old Town in Lamu is very relaxing. No vehicles, donkeys, pedestrians and pedestrians... no stress, it is a trip in time, going back to other century. Very much recommendable.

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Thank Jimenairobito
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

A nice muslim town in east Africa far from the mad crowd. I have been Zanzibar and Lamu are the sole muslim towns. A very special character beautiful buildings, historical.

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Thank Alex W
delhi
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59 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Lamu Old Town was built around the 1370's. It is exciting, awe inspiring, eye opening, architecture historically fascinating. One literally steps back thousands of years when wandering the narrow streets of old town. Lots of donkeys as there are no vehicles on the island (except one gov't car) which means plenty of smells, but just part of what makes up... More 

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Thank africanbush
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Lamu is one of the most amazing places to visit in Kenya. The rich history and how it has been preserved is unbelievable. The people the old architecture, the beautiful beaches is Shela and Manda this is one place I highly recommend.

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Thank Brian S
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Lamu town is a must visit. It has a very special atmosphere and it seams like everyone here is one big family. The town bustles with life and you can happily people watch for hours and you can walk around safely at night. Id highly recommend a guided tour of the town which we got through our host at Jambo... More 

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Thank Mahoo B
Thessaloniki, Greece
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The old town of Lamu, like old town of Mombasa, is dirty, it smells like hell and about a billion flies, roaches and other creepy crawlers call home. It is unsanitary and potentially dangerous. Lets start with donkey poop. It's everywhere. Everything smells like it and after a few days, everything begins to taste like it. It is called cleaning... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great waling through the old town. Amazing little shops, and beautiful, historical buildings. So many friendly people, stopping to say jambo, and to ask if there is anything we need. Beautiful place, with even more beautiful people.

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Thank nyctraveler11111
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a wonderful tour guide who educated us on the rich Lamu history. It is beautiful and has warm people. If you like antique Swahili trinkets, Lamu has some amazing things you can buy.

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Thank Liz Nicole L
Kenya
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2016

I always love going back to Lamu; where time has kind of stood still. Where life is all about living the day ; switch off from everything and just enjoy this unique place.

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Thank Mwambao
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2016

lamu is one of the best and safest places i have ever been to.There is no fear of thieves or terrorists at all, in fact the locals there are so warm welcoming and caring. they would carry your luggage, help you wherever you are stuck and they would all do this with a smile not wanting anything in return. lamu... More 

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