When you visit Lamu, the first thing to note is that the Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The island is full of tradition and culture, known for its narrow alleyways with donkeys roaming the streets. Although you can get guided tours of the town, it’s easy, safe, and fun to explore alone. If you choose to explore the town alone, here are a few stops you won’t want to miss.
- Several domestic airlines have routes from Nairobi Wilson Airport to Lamu including Safarilink Aviation, Skyward Express, and Fly540 which operate daily flights \
- Jambojet,(from JKIA) and East African which operate several times a week to Lamu
- Skyward Express and Jambojet have routes from Mombasa to Lamu direct.
- Safarilink and Jambojet have short connecting flights between Malindi and Lamu.
What to Do
Slim Silver Smith, a.k.a. the Lamu silversmith, creates one-of-a-kind silver jewellery. His signature pieces are the pendants made from remnants of Chinese porcelain and ancient cuttings of floor tiles.
If you love natural products for skin care, supplements, and cooking, Natural Lamu is on the way to the silversmith and worth stopping in to. Natural Lamu uses indigenous ingredients from the area to create natural products that serve your well being while respecting the environment.
Fresh Ice Cream
On a hot day, cool down at Fresh Ice Cream with a delicious gelato. The ice cream shop has plenty of other snacks as well as coffee and tea, and sits above the water allowing for a cool breeze
Lamu Museum and Lamu Fort
The Lamu Museum and Lamu Fort are close together and worth visiting together to get a better understanding of Lamu town. The museum hosts several exhibits around the history and culture of the people. When you visit Lamu, the fort is a three minute walk from the Museum and an iconic landmark rich in history.
Visit the Furniture Makers
Lamu is known for intricately carved furniture and door woodwork handcrafted in Lamu town. Lamu beds are a particular favourite when you visit Lamu and beyond the island. It is mesmerising to watch the artisans working in several corners and alleyways.
Al Hussein Halua Center
This sweet, semi salty, gooey snack is made from sesame paste or tahini and sugar or honey and is must-try. The Halua Center makes halua fresh so you can get a warm portion in a small cup or larger to take home.
At one point as you wander through Lamu you’ll probably walk past or through the market with fresh fruit or vegetables. It is a great place to interact with locals and learn about the market. Then buy a slice of fresh fruit or local snacks to refresh you.
Places to Eat
Peponi Hotel Restaurant and Bar
The main restaurant at the quayside Peponi Hotel remains one of the best reviewed restaurants in Lamu. Serving seafood, Swahili dishes, Asian and European cuisine. Peponi’s restaurant has both indoor seating and an outdoor terrace that is partly shaded, with raised views to the waterfront. Alcoholic beverages served. Open from breakfast through to dinner and walk-in guests welcome.
Floating Bar & Restaurant
A unique dining concept of a restaurant on the sea. A casual dining eatery, Floating bar serves a range of freshly caught fish and seafood, coastal flavours and local dishes. A fully-stocked bar and a lively music for a vibrant ambience. It is a popular destination for Lamu visitors so reservations are recommended. Open daily from morning till night.
Located at the covered rooftop the lovely Kijani Hotel. Coastal themed interiors, elevated views to the ocean and a semi-casual atmosphere. Wind down the day with a cocktail and enjoy a tasty selection of curries, seafood and vegetarian meals.
For a local flavour, stop by the Seafront Cafe on historic harbour side. Watch daily Lamu life flowing by as you enjoy freshly prepared Swahili dishes, seafood and squeezed fruit juices. Value for money with friendly staff.
As a coastal destination, Lamu experiences warm, humid and sunny days most of the year. Seasonal differences are brought about the sea winds. From December to March are the hottest months, with daytime temperatures reaching 33° centigrade. Nevertheless, between June to August, when brisk Kusi winds are blowing, the climate is relatively cooler. Highs of around 28° and a more comfortable climate for the heat-averse traveller.