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History come alive

This is one of the best historical sites I've ever had the privilege to visit, specifically because... read more

Reviewed July 4, 2017
Liam_Ragan
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Montreal, Canada
Historical, authentic, unforgettable!

Lamu Old Town is rife with authentic appeal! Had a 40 minutes stroll in the alleys and definitely... read more

Reviewed July 2, 2017
mbula2016
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Nairobi, Kenya
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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 good31%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible3%
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Lamu Island, Kenya
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Reviewed July 4, 2017

This is one of the best historical sites I've ever had the privilege to visit, specifically because it's easy to forget it's a historical site. Every inch of the place is packed with life and happenings, from vegetable venders to government registration buildings. One thing...More

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Reviewed July 2, 2017

Lamu Old Town is rife with authentic appeal! Had a 40 minutes stroll in the alleys and definitely treated myself to a donkey ride :-). What I loved most was the people we met. It was during the Ramadan season, so the town was not...More

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Reviewed June 24, 2017 via mobile

During my recent stay, I visited old town for shopping as well as just a quick walk through. Lamu folks are very welcoming and make you feel right at home. Wonderful and charming shops to buy souvenirs for friends and family.I bought Silver Jewelry from...More

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Reviewed June 12, 2017

We arrived early one Saturday morning with a guided escort. The guide was arranged by our hotel and Cost 1500Kes. It was really worth this money. His name was Ali Saltan from Shela Village. Fabulous job! The temperature was so very hot and Ali frequently...More

1  Thank Linda R
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Reviewed May 13, 2017 via mobile

It's a fascinating place at the crossroads of the ancient mercantile paths where cultures of India, Persia as well Arabia crossed to leave it's traces in the Swahili language that we all know nowadays. The language as well as architecture were one the most significant...More

1  Thank Timbuktu17xx
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Reviewed May 6, 2017

little close to mombasa old town but different architecture. nice walk, friendly people. place you can go to unwind. beautiful

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Reviewed April 18, 2017

Having visited Lamu 16 times, I always get to ssee and discover a new place. This time round I was armed by a book about Lamu and a map. Mlangilangi House was my new discovery. Loved the history and conservation of the house. Must go...More

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Reviewed April 16, 2017

Definitely worth a visit but get a guide. Everyone we came across is very friendly We loved visiting the market and there is a donkey clinic as well to visit.

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Reviewed April 14, 2017

Lamu Island, the old town is a unique place on earth. The town planners lived at an era without vehicles, hence the streets are narrow; just for you to walk around. Here, being overweight is likely to be a choice as walking is the only...More

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Reviewed March 25, 2017

We don't usually use town/city guides, but this time found it really worthwhile as we went to a number of places we would have missed or not been sure we could enter. Walking along the ally one block from the seafront was an interesting experience...More

Thank Allan W
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Ashley D
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Response from jkdavis2016 |
If you are really adventurous and don't have much money, you can take public transport (bus) but I would advise against it, unless you are really on a budget, are not in a hurry, and don't mind heat, crowds, etc. Best way is... More
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