Lamu town was founded in the 14th century and contains many fine examples of Swahili architecture.
The old town is inscribed on the World Heritage List as "the oldest and best-preserved Swahili settlement in East Africa".
Once a centre for the slave trade, Lamu was on the main Arabian trading routes and, as a result, the population, although ethnically diverse, is largely Muslim.
Due to the narrow streets,  vehicles are not allowed but the town is easily explored by foot, bicycle or, as many locals favour, by donkey.
Shela is a village about 2 miles from Lamu Town with less of a strict dress code, and a tad more modern

Lamu is served by Lamu (Manda) Airport 

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Forodhani House

Sleeps 10 adults + 3 kids
KES 45,000 to 50,000 per day

House on the Hill

Sleeps 8 adults + 2 kids
kes 50,000 per day

Full Moon House

Sleeps 6
KES 35,000 to 40,000 per day

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Sleeps 6
KES 30,000 to 35,000 per day

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Mama Daktari

Sleeps 4
KES 25,000 to 30,000 per day

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Betty's Suite

Sleeps 2
KES 22,500 per day


Zahir House

Sleeps 9
KES 35,000 per day
3 bedrooms with aircon

Nyumba Kiru

Sleeps 14
KES 10,000 - 30,000 per day per room