Lamu News … from Forodhani House …

Dear Friends, Lamu Lovers and Travel Colleagues, Summer holidays finished, we are all Back to School now :-). Thought you would appreciate getting some informations about the next events that will take place in the coming months here in Lamu, about our rates, special offers and last update on availabilities too if you would wish […]

Daily JKIA – Lamu flights scaled back to just three per week. Read on to find out why!

JAMBOJET REDUCES LAMU FLIGHTS TO THREE A WEEK (Posted 23rd May 2015) Only two months after launching daily flights from Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport to Lamu on the 28th of March this year, which are then returning via Malindi to Nairobi, have news emerged that Jambojet, Kenya Airways’ inhouse LCC, has apparently reduced the […]

Red carpets await Jambojet’s maiden flights to Lamu, Malindi and Ukunda today

COUNTY OFFICIALS AND TOURISM STAKEHOLDERS ROLL OUT RED CARPET FOR JAMBOJET (Posted 28th March 2015) The red carpet has been prepared and the fire engines are standing by this morning for the traditional water shower at the Lamu Aerodrome and later at the Malindi Airport when will perform their maiden flights from Nairobi. The […]

Foodies should head to Lamu, Malindi and Watamu this Easter

IT IS ALL ABOUT FOOD OVER THE EASTER WEEKEND IN LAMU, MALINDI AND WATAMU (Posted 27th March 2015) In Lamu, Malindi and Watamu it will be all about food this Easter weekend and visitors to these destinations can expect to find a great variety of local dishes. In Lamu in fact it will be Kenya’s […]

Lamu’s little lister? Try Wasini island as the closest ‘relative’

Guest posts are becoming increasingly popular here and in particularhas Lillian Gaitho opened the door for posts with a different theme and offering insights into topics. Today is it Amina Sabel’s turn to write about her adopted home, Wasini Island and I hope readers will appreciate her unique take on it. Did you know Lamu […]

Longer runway at the Lamu aerodrome will allow for jets to land and take off

LAMU AERODROME RUNWAY EXPANSION NEARLY COMPLETE (Posted 11th March 2015) Following the completion and commissioning of Lamu’s new Manda Airport terminal building is the Kenya Airport Authority now pushing to finish the work on the runway which when ready will be about 2 kilometres long. The new facility was built at a cost of over […]

Details awaited about new food festival in Lamu

LAMU TOURISM ANNOUNCES PLANS FOR A MAJOR FOOD FESTIVAL OVER EASTER HOLIDAYS (Posted 19th February 2015) News are emerging from the Kenyan archipelago of Lamu, that the town’s tourism stakeholders are planning to launch a food festival over the upcoming Easter holidays. Already renown for the ancient town’s other festivals, the Lamu Cultural Festival, the […]

Lamu – Festivals and so much more

3RD LAMU PAINTER’S FESTIVAL NEARS FINISHING LINE (Posted 12th February 2015) This year’s edition of the Lamu Painters Festival, which ends on Sunday 15th of February, has once again generated local and international attention for Kenya’s most ancient town. Thanks to many individuals, the Shella Welfare Group and notably Herbert Mentzer, the founder of the […]

It is Hakuna Matata as Maulid festival ends in Lamu

LAMU TOURISM BENEFITS FROM MAULID FESTIVAL (Posted 19th January 2015) This year’s Maulid Festival, which celebrates the birthday of the Prophet Mohammed, brought a significant rise in visitor arrivals to Lamu. Following the lifting of the curfew for Lamu town and Shela Beach by the recently appointed new Inspector General of Police in Kenya – […]

Lamu Tourism looking at swift recovery now that the curfew has been ditched

LAMU ISLAND CURFEW DITCHED BY NEWLY SWORN IN CABINET SECRETARY (Posted 28th December 2014) Lamu’s tourism industry breathed a combined sigh of relief, when news broke just before Christmas that the newly appointed Cabinet Secretary for the Interior, Major General (Rtd) Joseph Nkaissery had lifted the curfew for the island itself, though maintaining it for […]

Lamu Cultural Festival ends but lacked enough visitors

LAMU CULTURAL FESTIVAL ENDS ON HIGH NOTE (Posted 01st December 2014) The annual Lamu Cultural Festival ended yesterday evening, with considerably less visitors than on previous occasions but also without any security incidents, affirming the message the organizers had sent out in the run up to the fete that it was safe to visit. The […]

The Lamu Cultural Festival – really taking place this weekend

LAMU CULTURAL FESTIVAL TO GO AHEAD AFTER ALL (Posted 26th November 2014) News are just emerging from Lamu that the annual Lamu Cultural Festival will after all go ahead as the curfew in place has apparently been lifted for the duration of the festival between 28th and 30th of this month. With just two days […]

As Lamu curfew gets extended, can the annual Cultural Festival take place or not?

LEGAL BATTLE NOW LOOMS LARGE AS LAMU CURFEW EXTENDED (Posted 23rd October 2014) The stage appears set for a major legal showdown between the Law Society of Kenya, representing the people and businesses of Lamu town, and Kenya’s top cop David Kimaiyo after the curfew for Lamu has been extended by at least another month. […]

Quo vadis Lamu tourism?

LAMU’S CULTURAL FESTIVAL – SET TO GO OR NOT? (Posted 12th October 2014) The Lamu Cultural Festival, the arguably biggest annual event this ancient town stages, seems to be a festival in suspense at the moment, not certain how it will take place as the curfew slapped indiscriminately on the entire Lamu county by Kenya’s […]

Lamu’s tourism industry in urgent need of a bail out and rescue package

ANTI TRAVEL ADVISORIES AND CURFEW COMBINE TO DESTROY LAMU’S TOURISM SECTOR (Posted 06th October 2014) Stark news are emerging from Lamu, that the owners of several hotels are ready to throw in the towel and put their properties on the market, not that there will be many takers since the tourism industry in this ancient […]

Go Places gives Lamu much needed support

LAMU TOURISM GETS A BOOST AS GO PLACES GETS INVOLVED (Posted 04th October 2014) Lamu’s tourism businesses will be getting the proverbial shot in the arm after Go Places, as part of their CSR activities, short for Corporate Social Responsibility, has announced they will support the Lamu Tourism Association in marketing the town’s tourism attractions. […]

Lamu county now under dusk to dawn curfew

LAMU TOURISM DEALT ANOTHER BLOW AS CURFEW ANNOUNCED (Posted 20th July 2014) It came as no surprise when an official of the Lamu Tourism Association earlier this month pegged the downturn of tourist business in recent weeks at the staggering rate of between 85 and 90 percent, as Lamu town was affected by constant reports […]

Britain adds Lamu to no go areas

NOW BRITAIN SAYS LAMU IS OFF LIMITS TOO (Posted 14th July 2014) Reacting to recent attacks in the wider Lamu county which resulted in dozens of deaths, has the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office added to the severity of anti-travel advisories for British visitors to Kenya by also including Lamu itself to areas now declared […]

Lamu county police post overrun by suspected Al Shabaab militants

MILITANTS OVERRUN POLICE POST IN LAMU COUNTY (Posted 16th June 2014 00.39 hrs) Information about an attack by militants on a police post in Lamu county is emerging from Kenya where in Mpeketoni the station was apparently overrun, weapons and vehicles taken and the station then burned before the attackers withdrew from the scene. Details […]

Yoga comes to Lamu

LAMU CHOSEN TO HOST YOGA FESTIVAL (Posted 03rd December 2013) What has been called ‘East Africa’s first Yoga Summit’ will take place between March 13 – 16 in Kenya’s ancient township of Lamu, which according to the festival organizers provides exactly the picture perfect and yet tranquil setting to stage such a gathering for the […]

A week and counting to the 2013 Lamu Cultural Festival

LAMU CULTURAL FESTIVAL EXPECTED TO DRAW LARGE CROWDS TO THE ARCHIPELAGO (Posted 15th November 2013) The countdown is now on as one of Kenya’s great heritage festivals, the Lamu Cultural Festival is exactly a week away. The focus during the 4 day long festival, from 21st to the 24th November inclusive, will be on the […]

Lamu’s mangrove forests under siege

LAMU’S MANGROVE FORESTS UNDER INCREASED THREAT Conservationists in Kenya have raised the alarm over the rapid cutting down of mangrove forests around the Lamu archipelago. A senior official at the Kenya Forest Service, one Donald Avude, has come out with all guns blazing as he painted a grim picture on the destruction of mangrove forests […]

The Lamu Cultural Festival 2012 / Reposted via Mombasa & Coast Tourist Association

The 12th Lamu Cultural FestivalPosted: 26 Oct 2012 02:29 AM PDT The Lamu Cultural Festival will be officially launched on Tuesday 30th October 2012 at the Hotel InterContinental. The 12thLamu Cultural Festival will be taking place from the 15th to 18thNovember at the Lamu Old Town. Lamu Old town has been in existence for over […]

Lamu travel advisories significantly changed by the Brits

LAMU TRAVEL ADVISORY CHANGED SUBSTANTIALLY It was learned overnight from a Nairobi based senior tourism stakeholder that the British government and High Commission in Kenya has significantly reduced the off limits advice which was in place for visits to the ancient coastal town of Lamu. Previously the area was up to 150 kilometres from the […]

Kenya news update – LAPSSET launched in Lamu

LAPSSET LAUNCHED IN LAMU Presidents Mwai Kibaki of Kenya and Gen. Salva Kiir of Southern Sudan were joined by the Ethiopian Prime Minister Menes Zenawi in the formal ground breaking ceremony yesterday at Lamu, jointly laying a foundation stone and committing their respective countries to one of the largest infrastructure project ever in Eastern Africa. […]

Kenya tourism news – Lamu ready to host Maulid Festival

MAULID FESTIVAL IN LAMU PROMISES TOURISM REVIVAL Tomorrow will the annual Maulid Festival in Lamu go underway and up to 80.000 visitors are expected to descend on the archipelago in coming weeks, to celebrate the birth month of the Prophet Mohamed as done every year. The Festival is co-organised by the National Museums of Kenya […]

Kenyan government taken to court over Lamu mega projects

SAVE LAMU SUES KENYA GOVERNMENT OVER PORT AND RAILWAY PLANS No sooner had Kenya and Southern Sudan put pen to paper during the week, signing a deal to construct a pipeline from the oil fields in Southern Sudan to the planned new port in Lamu, did a civic group Save Lamu emerge and file legal […]