Lamu Island

Shining Jewel of the Indian Ocean

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Shining Jewel of the Indian Ocean


Lamu Island


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.


LAMU ISLAND BY AIR

Two Nights Lamu Island by Air from Nairobi

Lamu Island by Air

Two Nights Lamu Island by Air from Nairobi

Please click the links below for a more detailed description of the lodges/camp/hotel

Day 1

Drive to Nairobi's Wilson Airport and fly to Lamu. Upon arrival at Lamu Airstrip transfer to your hotel of choice. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 2

Full day on Lamu Island. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 3

Boat transfer to Lamu Airstrip for your flight back to Nairobi arriving at around 1800.



Included

  • All Transfers
  • Park Fees
  • Game Drives
  • A bottle of water per person per day in the vehicle

What to wear and pack for Safaris

  • Loose comfortable clothing preferably in earth colours
  • Smart casual clothes for the evening
  • Suncream and Hats
  • Swimwear. Check with your Rep if your safari accommodation has a swimming pool
  • Trainers, Walking Shoes or Sandals that you can strap down
  • Warm clothes for the early morning and evening, especially in the Masai Mara
  • Water
  • Camera. The majority of lodges have electricity to recharge your camera
  • Water
  • Mosquito Repellant
  • Binoculars

Kenya Safari Seasons

KENYA SAFARI SEASONS

The weather in Kenya is good for safaris at all times of year, though there is a greater chance of encountering rain from mid-April to the end of May and in November. Some people like to travel in these "rainy" months when dramatic cloud formations gather over the Mara plains, there is a sense of refreshment and grasslands are carpeted in new flowers.
Daily temperatures are influenced by altitude, so in the higher areas like Samburu you need a fleece for the cool early morning drives, but by 9am this is discarded as temperatures rise to the high 20s.
After a delicious lunch you take a siesta during the warm early afternoon with temperatures in the low 30s. Head out on safari around 4pm as it gets cooler and the animals start moving, remembering to take the fleece for when the sun has dipped below the horizon.
Weather is more a consideration at the coast, so don’t visit the Kenya coast from the first week of April to the first few days of June as the rains are heavier in coastal areas. At all other times of year the Kenya coast weather is warm, gently humid and breezy, at its very best from late November through to March.




 

Your Choices of Accommodation on Lamu Island

As with all El Moran Safaris, we offer a wide range of choices in accommodation for Lamu Island.

We Create Dreams

Kipungani Explorer

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.
Location:
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.




 

 

Majlis Hotel

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 Hotel

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.



 

Manda Bay Hotel

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
Garden Rooms