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Lamu Archipelago Accommodation

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1 night, 2 adults

Lamu House

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The Lamu Archipelago is a chain of seven islands and multiple islets, seperated from the mainland of Kenya by a narrow channel. The larger islands include Lamu, Manda, Manda Toto, Pate and Kiwayu. The archipelago is rich in historical and archaeological sites including Takwa and Manda Town on... Read more

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Lamu - Paradise Regained! - It was with some excitement that we (my wife and I)arrived from Nairobi on Manda Island and took the ferry across the bay to Lamu Island. We had booked our accomodation at Samaki House (a 300 year old Arab mansion - highly recommended) and were soon settled in by the manager and were free for the next 9 days to "do our own thing" The people were incredibly friendly with "Jambo's" reverberating around us as we headed into the heart of Lamu Town via the waterfront. We meandered through the town visiting Lamu fort and dodging the myriad of donkeys earing their keep by transporting goods backwards and forwards.We soon met "Captain" Swahle who was the manager of a dhow and spent some three or four days cruising with him and his crew about the island, stopping occassionally to eat freshly caught fish barbequed on the beach or boat as the mood took us. We cruised in and around Manda Island stopping to visit the Takwa ruins and to swim in the clear blue water. Cruising up the coast of Lamu we visited Matondoni to see the dhow builders. A walk along the coastal path to Shela is not complete without a detour into the shambas where we visited a small Anglican church and saw the childrens choir practising. At Shela we visited the Friday Mosque. The food was exceptional and we at at most of the dining establishments in Lamu town and were never once disappointed by the food or service. On the contrary, our waiters always greeted us when we meet in the street and asked about our enjoyment of the island. Oh! and do not forget the fresh fruit juices are excellent. Freshly squeezed, slightly sweetened became our favourite tipple. Yes - our batteries were recharged after nine days of snorkeling, swimming, eating excellent food and dhow sailing. But it was with great reluctance that we boarded the ferry back to Manda Island and leave behind a paradise.

Mike Graham
South Africa

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Things to do in Lamu Archipelago

  • Local Ocean Trust Marine Conservation Centre Local Ocean Trust Marine Conservation Centre

    Animal Park in
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    The Local Ocean Trust Marine Conservation Centre is an interactive and educational centre promoting...
  • Bio Ken Snake Farm Bio Ken Snake Farm

    Animal Park in
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    Snakes alive! Stroke a slithery, scaled reptile and watch venomous snakes being milked. Bio-Ken Snake...
  • Mida Creek Lagoon Mida Creek Lagoon

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    Exploring the Mida Creek is a must-do for everyone looking for a change from sun bathing. Jump right...
  • Vipingo Ridge Golf Resort Vipingo Ridge Golf Resort

    Golf Course in
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    This world class golf resort is 10 minutes behind Clamkara House, which is on the beach at Vipingo. It...
  • Haller Park Haller Park

    Nature Reserve in
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    Go wild about big teeth, fur and feathers in Mombasa Formerly known as Bamburi Nature Trail, Haller...
  • Fort Jesus Fort Jesus

    Theatre, Gallery or Museum in
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    The impressive Fort Jesus on Mombasa Island is a significant historical landmark in East Africa and a...
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    The Akamba Handicrafts Cooperative is a nonprofit organization that manufacturers and exports fine...
  • Tsavo East National Park Tsavo East National Park

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    One of Kenya’s biggest and most popular parks, Tsavo East National Park is home to a prolific diversity...
  • Diani Beach Diani Beach

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Lamu Archipelago Restaurants

  • Bush Gardens Restaurant Bush Gardens Restaurant

    Seafood Restaurant in
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    Perched along the waterfront, with calming views and delicious breakfasts, Bush Gardens is a relaxing...
  • Old Man and the Sea Old Man and the Sea

    International Restaurant in
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    Perched on the seafront, in an old moorish house, diners relish in international cuisine in a relaxed...
  • Mayungu Beach Bar & Restaurant Mayungu Beach Bar & Restaurant

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    Mayungu BEACH BAR & RESTAURANT Just few minutes from Malindi, is located the exclusive and private...
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    Tembo Village Restaurant is set in a tropical garden overlooking the swimming pool and poolside bar....
  • Tamambo Bar and Grill Tamambo Bar and Grill

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    Earthy, warm and relaxed ambiance makes this comfortable restaurant perfect for luncheons. The menu...
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    Tamarind Mombasa stands proud in Arab style decadence, raised by high arches, stately roof and gleaming...
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Lamu Archipelago Accommodation

from R2,107
1 night, 2 adults

Lamu House

Lamu Archipelago Hotel in Lamu Archipelago
from R5,162
1 night, 2 adults

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from R3,477
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from R21,492
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Lamu Town Private Home in Lamu Town
from R4,636
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New Moon House

Shela Private Home, Shela Self-catering in Shela
from R1,245
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Shela Guest House in Shela
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