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Lamu Old Town

Address: Lamu Island, Kenya
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic sites, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: Distinctive architectural features in this old town center, such as enclosed courtyards and...
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Type: Historic sites, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: 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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Nairobi, Kenya
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28 reviews 28 reviews
15 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW

Exploring on your own can be fun, but we took a guide to show us before we independently explored - lots of little alley ways. (Always follow the water in the gulleys- it goes to the sea) We learnt alot about the history of the buildings and Lamu. Be careful of the donkey poo!!! Found lots of little hidden shops... More 

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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

Don't let what anyone says about Ebola, Somalian pirates or terrorist attacks put you off coming to Lamu island. It's as safe as you could want. With only donkeys and no cars on the island it would be pretty hard to make a fast getaway from a crime! We took a flight from Nairobi (which reduces the chance of attacks... More 

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South West England
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

Her we are at Lamu Palace Hotel, drinking gin and lemon, watching the dhows in the harbour and falling passionately in love with this place. It is so diverse. Arabs, Maasi, Kenyans and Asians.It is full of small mosques, tiny streets – no cars only dozens of donkeys. The donkeys carry everything and when not working roam around at will,... More 

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Nairobi, Kenya
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo
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49 reviews 49 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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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30 reviews 30 reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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
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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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3 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
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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