Lamu Holidays

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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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.

Things to see and do in Lamu

VisitingKenya | FlickrLamu Old Town
Lamu Old Town
Nomadic by Nature | Trip by SkyscannerLamu Museum
Lamu Museum
griraffes | FlickrSwahili House Museum
Swahili House Museum
Nomadic by Nature | Trip by SkyscannerThe Floating Bar
The Floating Bar
Nomadic by Nature | Trip by SkyscannerLamu Market
Lamu Market
MysteryBee | FlickrLamu Fort
Lamu Fort
ebrelsford | FlickrSiyu Fort
Siyu Fort
Nomadic by Nature | Trip by SkyscannerThe Donkey Sanctuary
The Donkey Sanctuary
Nomadic by Nature | Trip by SkyscannerLamu Juakali Association
Lamu Juakali Association

Reviews of Lamu

Margot B
Margot BPortland

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

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

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

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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