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Lamu Old Town, Kenya
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Lamu, Kenya

 

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The old town of Lamu is quick to get under your skin. Not only is this 12th century community steeped in the Swahili culture that once dominated the East African coast, it's tightly built along narrow lanes and characterized by intricately carved wooden doors and historic homes made of coral stone. Donkeys, the only means of transport at this UNESCO World Heritage Site, are sure to fascinate children. Shela and its unspoiled beaches are but a short stroll along the coast. Archeology ruins, mangroves and snorkeling are just a dhow ride away. What's more, the atmosphere is relaxed and this backwater town is yet undiscovered by the masses. That said, families in search of beach bars, sun loungers and banana boats should think twice before booking a Lamu vacation as there are few tourist trappings anywhere in the archipelago.
Kid-Friendly Hotels in Lamu Old Town
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Harambee Ave.

Lamu 80500

Kenya

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New Lamu Palace Hotel is ideal for families that put a premium on location. The hotel sits on the quay. It's situated on Lamu's eastern edge and start of the footpath to Shel ...
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Harambee Ave.

Lamu 80500

Kenya

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Built in 1946, Petley's Inn is a Lamu landmark. It's the town's oldest hotel and is colonial in style. The terrace and rooftop bar claim exceptional views of Lamu's bustling ...
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P.O. Box 328

Lamu

Kenya

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Baytil Ajaib, House of Wonder in Swahili, is small, charming and boasts amazing views. What's more, this delightfully restored old stone house is the most upscale accommodati ...
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