Replies: 12 - Last Post: Dec 2, 2013 9:57 AM Last Post By: kaz
Oct 2, 2013 9:47 AM
Lamu questionshi there
I'm thinking of going to Lamu with wife and baby around New Year
how long should we plan to stay there? (we'd probably spend a few days in Malindi and/or Watanu on the way there/back)
I imagine that the best plan would be to have a couple of nights in the town and then some more nights on the beach, but maybe I am wrong? Tripadvisor and Booking.com seem to have only a few places available around those dates, and they are in town
would we regret staying only in the town? is the beach in/near Lamu very different (more natural? than Malindi etc?
can you recommend accommodation solutions other than the two websites mentioned?
is Lamu very conservative? eg will my wife have to cover her legs/shoulders/cleavage etc when walking around or goingfor meals?
Oct 2, 2013 10:11 AM
Oct 2, 2013 11:36 AM
Oct 2, 2013 11:56 PM
Oct 3, 2013 6:54 AM
4All of the expert sites that I've consulted say that there is risk of malaria everywhere in Kenya below 2500m elevation and the city of Nairobi. That includes Lamu.
Malaria can be rapidly fatal in a child. You should consult your pediatrician to see what to do to prevent the baby from getting malaria--and other diseases that are present. If teh mother is breastfeeding, she cannot use doxycycline to prevent malaria.
The plural of anecdote is not data.
Oct 3, 2013 8:41 AM
5I disagree with moses12, Lamu is quite conservative. There used to be a big sign board by the jetty asking arriving tourists to dress appropriately. The sign has gone now, but you'll still make more friends if your wife covers her shoulders, thighs, and cleavage when in the town. A tshirt and knee-length shorts will be fine. You should keep your shirt on too.
Wear what you like on the beach and probably in Shela as well (I don't think any locals live there anymore).
You can spend all day in a bikini at Diamond Beach Village - I haven't stayed there, but it looks lovely and their beers are cold! - but dress nicely when in the town.
Oct 3, 2013 10:51 PM
6It's good to respect their culture. And, locals will respect you also much more! Sometimes I see local girls walking around in miniskirts and older (local) men are talking about them. I always tell my guests to cover knees and shoulders and my guests don't have any problems. Lamu is different to Mombasa: it's a small place and most of the people here are muslims. Generally, when you are on the beach or on a boat trip ladies can wear bikinis (even if the boat crew are muslims, they are used to tourists).
Oct 4, 2013 12:01 AM
Oct 4, 2013 1:36 AM
8Hi try this web http://www.sleepout.co.ke/Accommodation-in-Lamu-Town-s/3164.htm
Hope its helpful. If you do not get what you are looking for Lamu,There are other places that you can visit at the coast and still relax like the North Coast and the South Coast. Many nice Beach hotels and with children activities.
Oct 4, 2013 9:47 AM
Nov 11, 2013 10:26 AM
Dec 1, 2013 9:24 AM
11Hello! This is my first post, but, when I have time, I have a lot of things to tell about Kenya, Ethiopia and Somaliland.
Now, am In Lamu, and there is no reasons to be worried, the place is BEAUTIFUL (but be prepared, if you come from Mombassao, or Malindi, or Kilifi, the travel is awful...the road is one of the worst I have ever seen).
Thare are a lot of hotels, and guest houses, specially in the centre of town and in Shela. I am in a place called Dudu Villas, really nice, with friendly owners, very helpful, and the best thing is that, apart from the cottages, is the only place in Lamu you can camp! (600 Ksh per night with Wifi, good bathroom, electricity, restaurant, TV, etc.).
If are doubting in going to Lamu, be quiet! Is an awesome place!
Dec 2, 2013 9:57 AM
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