Hey loves, it’s been a while huh? Well, if you don’t already know, I started a YouTube channel about a year and half ago hence why I’ve slacked on this end. Taking awesome pictures and videos during the same trip is not easy ooo. Anyway, I hope you forgive me and support my channel too. Enough updates yeah? Let’s talk about Lamu😍
P. S. This blog is a summary of all the episodes I’ve done on Lamu on my YouTube channel. Something you can quickly read through and find most if not all the information you need to plan you trip there. Enjooyyy💃. Below is a quick link to one of the Lamu episodes for those who haven’t seen any yet and would love to. From there you can find the rest of the episodes. You could also simply search *Kyla Mecha* on YT and my channel will pop up.
There are 2 major means of transport. You can choose to travel via road or take a flight. Safety is usually a concern whenever people think of road transport to Lamu. I can’t make any comments on this since I haven’t had an experience but I hear Modern Coast Bus company plies this route. I took a flight myself. There are two main airlines that fly to Lamu currently i.e. East African and Skyward Express. I was advised to go for Skyward Express.
At the time of my booking, a return flight i.e. Wilson Airport to Manda Airport and back cost 12700 kshs. Plus taxes this figure goes upto around 14000ksh. The taxes are high right? 😭The cost also varies depending on your season of travel therefore it could go higher or lower. The flight is about 2 hours long with a stopover at Mombasa Airport for drop off and pick up.
The main means of transport in Lamu is water. You’ll therefore have miriads of boat rides depending on your itinerary. This I enjoyed totally 😌
Most boat rides cost about 1000 to 1500ksh depending on the distance to your destination. This is one of the reasons why I advocate for group travel to Lamu because then you can share this cost and find it cheaper other than paying the whole amount solo and on a daily.
We stayed at Forodhani. A five bedroom house right at the beachfront in Shella. The house goes for 500 USD per night price of course varying depending on your season of travel. See, another reason why group travel will be more affordable. You’ll get to enjoy fancy accommodations without feeling a pinch because sharing the cost always makes it affordable/bearable/cheaper 😀, well if that’s what you’re looking for.
Okay, enough about Forodhani. More details about the house can be found on my YouTube. I did a whole house tour. So, incase you travel solo or have a small budget, most houses in Shella are expensive I’m told hence it would be better to seek accommodation in Old Town. What I usually do is use booking.com to find houses within my budget then start working from there to find one that best suits my interests. The only downside I hear about staying in Old Town is that it can get nosiy, especially during the morning hours but otherwise it’s all cool. Lamu has very many beautiful accommodations so don’t limit yourself please. If you can stay in different accommodations each night you’re there please do😀 and share the experience with us.
Rioba’s package was inclusive of breakfast and dinner so we got to enjoy delicious meals prepared by Forodhani’s chef. Huyo chef 🙌🙌🙌💯💯✔️✔️
For lunch, we had it at different places depending on the day’s itinerary. On the first day, we had lunch at Sea Suq Cafe. I remember everyone saying they loved what they got. If you’re staying at Forodhani, there are many cafés around for you to explore including this one. On the day we went to Manda Toto Island, we had kunch on board prepared by our sailors. I really loved the setup and the food was fingerlicking😋. During our tour to old town, we had lunch at Mangroove restaurant. Lovely view at the top, affordable and tasty meals and the the quantities are very filling 😀. I had their chicken biriani and tamarind juice and it was just perfect. On the day we went to Majlis, we had lunch at their beautiful restaurant and the food was really good. From 1500kshs upward, you can get a good meal at Majlis. Do go for their seafood platter if you’re a sea food person.
PLACES TO VISIT/THINGS TO DO IN LAMU
They are very many places to visit in Lamu but I’ll only mention those we personally visited or came across.
There’s so so many activities to do in Lamu I can’t exhaust them all. If you’ve been to Lamu, you give us more suggestions in the comments section.
I try looking for inspiration online. For this particular trip, I borrowed ideas from Just Rioba’s pictures on her previous trips to Lamu. I also had the aspect of decency in Lamu at the back of my mind hence why I mostly did long skirts or pants then enhanced the look with braletts. Here are some of the outfits.
At this point I feel like I’ve covered all the basics about Lamu. If there’s anything missing that you’d love to know about Lamu, feel free to ask in the comments section. All in all, I’d visit Lamu over and over again. I fell in love with the Island😍. I’m sure you will too. Can’t wait to hear all about your experience when you do visit.
Thank you for reading my blog. Don’t forget to like, drop a comment and share. Do check out the vlogs I did on Lamu too for more information when you’re planning your trip. Until next time, it’s been real.