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Lamu island

Ultimate guide (February 2020)
Lamu is an old town in Kenya featured in the UNESCO World Heritage List. It has iconic attractions, as well as the beach with dunes (Shela beach). There are no palms, so don't expect the perfect tropical paradise. In 2014, the wave of bloody terror covered the region, but as for now everything seems to be Ok. Shore and seabed: sand. [edit]

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This beach ranks #10 of the "Best beaches in Africa"
Rating: 8.5 - 104 votes [vote]
Coordinates: -2.298952, 40.907797

Hotels [edit]

Despite its popularity, Lamu has the best choice of budget hotels all over the Kenya. Minimum room's rates start from US$15 per night, with very nice options would be aroung US$50. As for the most expensive resorts, these may reach up to US$2000 per night.

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How to get there [edit]

Fly to Nairobi international airport (NBO), next fly to Lamu airport (LAU). Then hire a boat to cross the river.

It is also possible to get by bus from Mombasa to Lamu. However, the road is hard and somewhat risky.

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When to go [edit]

In Lamu there is a great weather all year round except for a short rainy season in May.

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