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Lamu Old Town

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Interesting for a short while!

We do like a wander around new places and the narrow streets and alleys and shops etc were... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Weston-super-Mare, United Kingdom
via mobile
History come alive

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

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Montreal, Canada
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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.
  • Excellent55%
  • Very good33%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible3%
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We do like a wander around new places and the narrow streets and alleys and shops etc were certainly interesting. They are also hot dirty and smelly in places as they often are! So a limited time only, for us. There are hidden gems to...More

Thank bikesrule
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

Thank Liam_Ragan
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

Thank mbula2016
Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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

Thank kmwaura
Reviewed 12 June 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

Thank Linda R
Reviewed 14 May 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

Thank Timbuktu17xx
Reviewed 6 May 2017

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

Thank ric08852
Reviewed 18 April 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

Thank knjenga9
Reviewed 17 April 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.

Thank Ali671162
Reviewed 14 April 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

Thank Juliusmusau
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Ashley D
14 October 2016|
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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