Lamu HolidaysKenya
Lamu, Kenya's oldest living town, was one of the original Swahili settlements along coastal East Africa. There are some other accounts that mention Chinese ships of Zheng He's fleet sinking near Lamu Island in Kenya in 1415. Survivors settled on the island and married local women.This has been proven recently …

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When to go to Lamu

Typical Holiday Price

£979 per person

The average price of hotels and apartments in Lamu varies according to the time of year. To help you plan when to go, we've looked at the hotels available on our site, then worked out the average price per night for the quietest and the busiest months.

Cheapest Month to Visit

May

Based on a typical 1 week holiday - adding together the cost of flights and accommodation - May is the cheapest month to go to Lamu.

Where to stay in Lamu

Whatever your travelling style, we can help find you the perfect place to stay. From luxurious hotels to practical apartments, these are our most popular places in Lamu, according to other travellers.

Reviews of Lamu

Margot B
Margot BPortland
16/08/2014

Lamu Island is popular with backpackers, who come for its pretty beaches and cheap accommodation. The town itself has an old fort, a donkey sanctuary (and lots of donkeys--but no cars), and many mosques. The population is primarily Muslim, so dress accordingly.

Travis Katz
Travis KatzMenlo Park
11/01/2011

Lamu is a beautiful island off the coast of Kenya. The old town, which dates back more than 500 years, oozes history - with narrow winding streets and a laid back atmosphere - is now a UNESCO world heritage site. The beaches are nice as well.

Carol Driver
Carol DriverLondon
01/12/2013

As part of the Lamu Archipelago of Kenya, Lamu is the country's oldest living town. It's remote, boasts the best-preserved Swahili settlement in East Africa - and, until recently, used only donkeys as transport, which is a top reason to visit.

Don Poisson
Don PoissonVancouver
17/06/2012

Warm, friendly and peaceful. The streets are too narrow for cars, and cats and donkeys roam freely. There are a couple of great, inexpensive seafood restaurants along the waterfront. Hire a dhow for a day of sailing and a little fishing.

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