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Safety situation on Lamu?

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Safety situation on Lamu?

What is the current safety situation in Lamu? We're planning to go there in january; is that safe in general due to what happend to the tourists in 2011? Is it safe to go on dhowtrips to the small islands in the archipelago? What about going there by bus; how long does it take in reality?

Thanks for your response!

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1. Re: Safety situation on Lamu?

Lamu is safe. In fact, probably safer than most other places in Kenya. Dhow trips are possible and people are enjoying them.

Mombasa to Lamu is 6 hours by bus or from Malindi it is 4 hours. Not too bad, but you can fly from Malindi, which is the worse part of the road.

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2. Re: Safety situation on Lamu?

i already had two trips since then by road.

Lamu town and Shela are wonderful places to visit. Tawakal Buses have daily schedule from Mombasa (to Malindi) to Lamu. you can stop over in wonderful Malindi and then catch another Tawakal bus to Lamu the next day or day after. advance bookings are available on this route.

i stayed at

Ozi's Bed and Breakfast in Malindi and sometimes requested one of the staff to fetch me grills from Tenkini Restaurant (some staff get their evening meals from there), but outside the hotel you will find restaurants anyway. do visit vasco da gama and marafa if you are staying a day or two.

and Msafini hotel in Shela and used hotel restaurant, but hotels and restaurants in Shela are pricey, so do request their menu list by email,

and Subira House in Lamu town and used Bush Gardens Restaurant on water front.

you can use public dhows or private speed boats to and from Lamu, Shela, Manda and Mokowe Jetty & Buses Depot, and will see many many donkeys on the alleways (famous narrow roads) of Lamu.

you can also go by bus to Malindi and next day catch a (maybe FLY540) 40mins flight to Manda and then catch speed boat to Lamu Town.

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3. Re: Safety situation on Lamu?

Since 2011, there have been no major incident/ accident at the Lamu Island. However, if you are traveling through a Travel Agency, the should be in position to advice you on the matters related to security since you will only be two months away from the general election. If you finally choose to go, Shela Island on Lamu is a must see. Very nice beaches and you could also try out Peponi Hotel.


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4. Re: Safety situation on Lamu?

Well, Shela is not an island, it's a village on Lamu Island, 45 minutes by foot from Lamu Town. Regarding elections, they are in March and Lamu is probably the safest bet to be here during elections. In 2007/2008 there were absolutely no problems in Lamu!

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5. Re: Safety situation on Lamu?

Friends just returned from a four day stay in Banana House and had a fantastic time, lots to see but very peaceful & tranquil as well.

All said they felt perfectly safe during their stay and flying from Malindi made the journey very easy.

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