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LAMU ISLAND

Manda Bay

Shela Village

Lamu Twilight

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Marine Life - Turtles

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GUIDE ON LAMU IN KENYA

Lamu Island is a distinctive beach and cultural travel destination in Africa. With a history that dates back to the 14th century, the island represents a time when life was much simpler, and you will quickly forget the stress and hectic pace of life back home. In late 2001, the old town of Lamu was honored with the designation of a World Heritage Site by UNESCO to signify the significant global cultural asset found in what has become the oldest settled Swahili town south of the Sahara. The island is situated in the archipelago of the same name and shares the area with several other islands, including the two other larger islands of Pate and Manda. Access to these islands is primarily by boat, as only a small channel separates the islands from mainland Kenya (read more on where to stay in Lamu). The coral reefs and habitats of the archipelago represent significant natural treasures, some of which are protected by the Kiunga Marine National Reserve. Common ecosystems of the region are mangrove forests, coral reefs and soft sand beaches. Migratory birds rely on the islands for nesting grounds together with sea turtles who are also frequent visitors and subject of many conservation projects. Below the water, AfricanMecca guests will find a dizzying variety of marine life, from the smallest sea creature to the giant game fish that taunt every angler who visits Lamu Island. For land-based animal experiences, visit the animal reserve at Dodori, close to Kiwayu.

Archaeological and historic assets are also found on Lamu and the surrounding islands. In the center of the town stands, the old fort that was built in 1812 to protect the city from attacks. Scattered throughout the archipelago are several ruins that tell a rich history of the many battles that were fought to achieve control over the waters of the great trade routes. Even the architecture of Lamu Old Town demonstrates the years of outside influences from Arabia, Europe, India, Persia and many other locations. The island of Lamu, though, goes beyond the old town of Lamu. Tour the island by boat or foot, and you will surely come across the peaceful village of Shela. At the edge of this quiet village is a stretch of sand that covers more than seven miles till Kipungani. The pace in Shela is even more relaxed than Lamu old town, and you will find yourself wishing that you never have to leave. For the times when you want to escape even further, visit Kiwayu Island and Manda Island to get a feel for the life of a true castaway. No matter what your desires for a tropical seashore escape on Lamu Island, AfricanMecca Safaris will arrange your coastal travel and ensure that every detail is exactly to your preferences.
WHERE TO STAY IN LAMU
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WHERE TO STAY IN LAMU

For boutique lodgings, we recommend Majlis Resort and Manda Bay while Kizingoni Beach Houses, Kipungani or even Kizingo Lodge are excellent mid-range experiences. Kijani Hotel is a budget option.

TOUR LAMU ATTRACTIONS
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TOUR LAMU ATTRACTIONS

Your seaside and cultural escapade to Lamu will be unforgettable. Tour of the old town, snorkeling, dhow safari, deep sea fishing, active watersports such kitesurfing, waterskiing are all available.

BEST TIME TO VISIT LAMU
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BEST TIME TO VISIT LAMU

January to March are the warmest months while cooler temperatures occur in July to September. In April and May, the long rainy season arrives and ends by June with short rains from November.

AFRICANMECCA REVIEWS

What are our Customers saying about us? READ MORE REVIEWSfive star africanmecca safaris reviews

  • AfricanMecca Safari could not have been more helpful through the entire process of planning our trip to Kenya. Our trip to Lamu (a suggestion by Raza) was incredible, and Kizingo is a perfect place to stay there. All in all, we had an amazing time in Kenya.
    Jordan Klein & Anna Kohanski - New York, United States
  • Lamu was fabulous. hot and sunny and we again were delighted with our accommodation. Everything was run smoothly and without any hitches and we are most grateful for a truly memorable holiday of a life time. You organised everything efficiently which made life so easy for us.
    Angela Cook - London, United Kingdom
  • I had just the BEST time in Lamu - quite probably the holiday of my life - and am determined to go back in November. I have to say, the holiday was made by Altaf's dedication to what I needed - he worked very hard to ensure I got the full ten night stay at Kipungani, and I was impressed to say the least. Many thanks - I'll be back.
    Jeremy King, Senior Producer GMTV - London, United Kingdom
  • Raza, I have returned from the trip to Kenya you arranged. It went quite well and all of your advice about hotels etc was correct and prevented me from doing things less than optimal. I really enjoyed Lamu; it is one of the best beaches I have seen.
    Dr Thomas Walshe - Boston, Massachusetts - United States
  • Raza, I want to tell you that all aspects of our travel arrangements with you ran smoothly. Our visit to Lamu was most enjoyable and a pleasant contrast to the highlands. I will unreservedly recommend AfricanMecca to others.
    Peter Moody - Cape Town, South Africa
  • I wanted to email you to say how well all your arrangements came together for Lamu - Peponi Hotel. The logistics worked very well, the venues fulfilled all expectations - the whole experience was splendid.
    Robyn Taylor - Brisbane, Australia
  • Lamu Palace was really quite exotic, with again wonderful people, in great location, I felt like I was in the movie Casablanca. I will recommend your company to anyone I know travelling to Kenya. In deep appreciation...
    Lynne Crawford - Boston, Massachusetts - United States

EAST AFRICA SAFARI AND BEACH TRIP IDEA FOR LAMU IN EASTERN KENYA

When beach vacationing in Lamu, we recommend experiencing some of the surrounding Lamu attractions and cultural activities. Experience your beach and cultural escapade in Lamu after completing your Kenya safari to Amboseli, Masai Mara, Lake Nakuru and Naivasha.

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