Lamu Island

Kenya boasts a beautiful coast and fascinating coastal culture, but is all too often let down by a profusion of large bland resorts. Luckily there are still a few gems to be found.

The Lamu archipelago is a sleepy backwater boasting warm seas, sweeping beaches and the charming historic UNESCO World Heritage town of Lamu. The sights, spices and aromas vividly evoke the rich history of Portuguese, Indian, British, Yemeni and Oman influences. 

The Lamu archipalego consists of Manda Island, Kiwayu and Lamu Island.  The two largest towns of Lamu and Shela lie on Lamu Island. Manda Island sits in calm protected inshore waters, whilst Kiwayu is the most remote with stunning beaches.

Getting to Lamu Island

Flights from Nairobi Wilson airport and Mombassa land on the airstrip on Manda Island. There are 3 daily flights to Lamu from Nairobi with Fly 540, Air Kenya and SafariLink. There is one weekly flight from Mombassa. 

It is possible to get to Lamu by road, but is not usually recommended due to security issues and the road is very bumpy.

Lamu Weather

The weather is typically hot a little humid. It suffers from the same short (Oct-Nov) and long rain seasons (March-May) as the rest of Kenya, when regular daily rainfall (usually in the mid morning) can be expected. Temperatures are usually in the upper 20s and lower 30s Celsius.

Places to Stay

Diamond Beach Village is our pick in the area. A wonderful simple rustic, yet stylish collection of Bandas with a lovely bar and restaurant to soak in the sunset. (~$100 per double room)

For those with more cash, Kipungani Explorers is hard to beat. Along the same lines as Diamond Beach Village, just with more comfort, class and expense (~$500 per double room)

If you don't fancy the whole deserted beach thing, then Kijani House Hotel (~$300 per double room) or the more modest and charismatic Fatuma's Tower are both based in Shela village. Which boasts its own beach and is in easy reach of Lamu Town.

Tourdust can arrange your stay at any of these beach lodges and combine with your choice of safaris and treks in Kenya. Email us on help@tourdust.com with your interests.

Suggested Itineraries

Our itineraries are carefully designed by our experienced travel designers based on years of experience and customer feedback. For a custom itinerary tailored to you, please enquire giving as much detail as possible on your brief.

Combines one of our favourite safari camps in Africa with a barefoot beach lodge on the Kenya Coast.

Tailor-made Classic 9 days

Adults from $3,318 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average per person price for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional $974 per person economy class from London

Families from $2,592 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $974 per person economy class from London

Enjoy some of the best safari in Africa on this two centre fly-in safari in the Laikipia Wilderness and Masai Mara.

Tailor-made Classic 1 week

Adults from $4,851 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average per person price for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional $844 per person economy class from London

Families from $3,815 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $844 per person economy class from London

Excellent value introductory safari in an atmospheric small bush camp in the Masai Mara with superb big cat populations followed by relaxation on the beach in Kenya.

Tailor-made Classic 1 week

Adults from $2,011 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average per person price for ground arrangements for two people sharing.

Flights are typically an additional $909 per person economy class from London

Families from $1,815 pp plus flights

'From Price' is the average price per person for ground arrangements for a family of four (two adults + two children under 12).

Flights are typically an additional $909 per person economy class from London

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