PO Box 307, 80500. Lamu, Kenya.
Telephone:   +254 (0) 728 785 776

 

Lamu Island is a part of the Lamu Archipelago of Kenya. Lamu Old Town, the principal inhabited part of the island, is one of the oldest and best-preserved Swahili settlements in East Africa. Built in coral stone and mangrove timber, the town is characterized by the simplicity of structural forms enriched by such features as inner courtyards, verandas, and elaborately carved wooden doors. Lamu has hosted major Muslim religious festivals since the 19th century, and has become a significant center for the study of Islamic and Swahili cultures.

The island is linked by boat to Mokowe on the mainland and to Manda Island, where there is an airport. There are no roads on the island, just alleyways and footpaths, and therefore, there are few motorized vehicles on the island. Residents move about on foot or by boat, and donkeys are used to transport goods and materials.

port was founded on the island of Lamu by Arab traders at least as early as the fourteenth century, when the Pwani Mosque was built. The island prospered on the slave trade. After defeating Pate Island in the nineteenth century, the island became a local power, but it declined after the British forced the closure of the slave markets in 1873. In 1890 the island became part of Zanzibar and remained obscure until Kenya was granted independence from Great Britain in 1963. Tourism developed from the 1970s, mainly around the eighteenth century Swahili architecture and traditional culture.

Lamu Old Town was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2001.

     

     

 

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Flight Info:

Air Kenya

SafariLink

Fly540

Airport

Nairobi
Wilson

Nairobi
Wilson

Nairobi
Jomo Kenyatta

Departs Nairobi

14:00

13:45

09.40 (Mon-Sat)
14:00 (Sun)

Arrives Lamu

15:10

15:30

11:40 (Mon – Sat)
16:00 (Sun)

Departs Lamu

15:40

16:00

11:55 (Mon – Sat)
16:20 (Sun)

Arrives Nairobi

17:25

17:45

14:00 (Mon – Sat)
17:55 (Sun)

Via

Malindi
on return

-

Malindi
both ways

Luggage allowance

15kg

15kg

20kg

Phone

020 501601

020 600777

020 4453252

Email

sales@airkenya.com

res@safarilink.co.ke

info@fly540.com

Website

airkenya.com

flysafarilink.com

fly540.com

 

All times are subject to change without notice. From Mombasa it is best to drive to Malindi and to fly from there on Fly 540. Mombasa Air has occasional flights. It is also possible to visit us by land although it is a bumpy seven hour drive from Mombasa and at least four hours from Malindi. You will have to park your car on the mainland at the Mokowe jetty and take a boat from there to Manda.