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Review of Lamu Old Town

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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.
Reviewed March 2, 2013

The best way to see Lamu Old Town is to just walk around and enjoy the journey, a turn around every corner brings a new and unexpected experience.

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Reviewed March 2, 2013

We spent 3 weeks in Lamu and found it most interesting. A different culture to the one we are used to indeed.
Narrow streets , smells , noise , dirt. BUT the people were so smiley & friendly and the climate so perfect these points outnumbered the minuses.
It was difficult to find out how much things cost though. Not knowing where to start bargaining seemed to be our downfall.
The poverty for some and lack of medical facilities for the local people was worrying.
We would revisit and felt on our return to the UK that we'd been to another planet !

Thank boboranne
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Reviewed February 28, 2013

The great thing about Lamu is there is no traffic...well, no motorised traffic anyway...just donkeys, lots of donkeys! The old town is a maze of narrow streets lined with old houses, some with magnificent entrances, others in need of some TLC, but all filled with...donkeys! You have to be careful as they don't stop or deviate for anyone and being hit by a donkey carrying 4 30kg bags of cement is about the same as being hit by a car. The fruit and veg market is compact but just as you would imagine and the meat and fish market is larger but be aware, there is a great array of goat's heads and feet on display (but no donkey...as far as I could tell!). The port is bustling with activity as everything arrives there from RSJ's to food. The town square in front of the old fort is a place for socialising and therefore great for some people watching under the shade of some very old trees but there are not many places where you would want to get a drink. There are a couple of goof craft shops and one has a very pleasant cafe/restaurant at the rear which should be a safe place for some refreshment. Finally, no visit is complete without a visit to...the donkey sanctuary! This is part of the one in Devon (UK) and with donkeys being equal in number to people on the island it is always busy! Go there - it's not classy but it is safe and authentic.

Thank Adrian W
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Reviewed February 19, 2013

It was sad to see such poverty and dirt everywhere, but great to tour the old town and see all the fascinating architecture. Lots of properties being bought up by foreigners which will hopefully continue to protect the lovely old buildings.

Thank Jilly1230
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Reviewed February 17, 2013 via mobile

This little town is amazing. If you're looking for shopping you will find it. A lot of hand carved goods that are done right in front of you so you know it's not mass produced. Same with clothes made to order.

If you are looking for something do to recreationally or just a tour you can "hire" a tour guide. If I can suggest ask for Best or Smile and they will take care of you and not try to rip you off.

The sea front may be a little much with a few of the local drug addicts selling braclets and shells for drug money. They mark it up quite a bit, so just say no and go back into the alleys and see the shops for yourself. They all will ask you to promote them, this means give them money.

Lamu is a great town with great people.

Thank Gradley
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