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. A 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.
As with all El Moran Safaris, we offer a wide range of choices in accommodation for Lamu Island.
With luxurious palm-thatched bandas perched between a mangrove-lined channel at the edge of a 12-kilometre
white sandy beach, Kipungani Lamu enjoys one of the most romantic locations on the entire east African coast.
Our exquisite seafood, traditional Arabian dhows, kayaking safaris, and diving and fishing adventures offer
the perfect recipe for those seeking a true desert-island holiday.
Perched on the southwestern tip of Lamu Island, where the protected mangroves of Kipungani Creek meet the end of a secluded sandy beach, Kipungani is a dream destination for those seeking a true away-from-it-all island holiday.
Idyllic, luxurious, stylish, unique. The Majlis hotel is a privately owned luxury
beach hotel on Manda Island in the Lamu archipelago, off Kenya's Northern Coast. With a superb beachfront location and breathtaking
views over the bay and Lamu Island, it offers the perfect setting and the ideal accommodation for barefoot luxury and informal pampering
on your trip to Kenya. The boutique hotel offers 25 exquisite deluxe rooms and suites divided into three beachfront villas.
The rooms, all presented in timelessly elegant Lamu Island style, are very spacious, well appointed, and fully air-conditioned. The Majlis restaurant will not fail to impress with a panoramic view of the bay and the finest cuisine. Additional state-of-the-art facilities include two bars, two swimming pools, and an activity center that co-ordinates a wide variety of water sport activities.
Peponi is a small hotel on the exotic island of Lamu, in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Kenya.
Peponi is still run by the Korschen family, who opened the hotel in 1967 and still retains much of the character and charm that it had then.
Small and personal, it is the perfect rest after a safari or a hide away holiday from modern life.
Peponi has just 29 rooms, which are divided into suites, superior and standard rooms. All rooms at Peponi have ocean views. Suites and Superior rooms are differentiated by their location, size and private outside area with swing bed. All rooms have overhead fans, mosquito nets, showers (no baths), fresh flowers, and personal safes.
A boutique lodge located on an unspoiled, idyllic island where barefoot luxury meets
chic simplicity, Manda Bay is unpretentious and perfect for those looking for simple luxury combined with the exclusivity of a desert
island. Popular amongst families, groups of friends and honeymooners. Managed and hosted by the legendary Roberts & Dyer families.
The bedrooms are constructed in the traditional coastal style, with palm thatch roofs. All of the rooms have direct access to the beach.
Extra beds are available on request as are children’s rooms.
Manda Bay Hotel offers three types of rooms :
Beach Front Rooms
Sea View Rooms