#Kenya – Lucky escape for all 10 on board as aircraft crashes in #Lamu District

  (Posted 17th December 2023)   A Cessna 208B Grand Caravan, registered in Kenya as  5Y-GOK, ownership and operator yet to be established, crashed soon after taking off from Kiunga airstrip / Lamu District, leaving all 10 on board nursing injuries. Those on board were two pilots and 8 passengers, reportedly mostly Kenya Defence Force […]

#ALS / #Kenya to operate festive season flights to #Malindi and #Lamu

  (Posted 07th December 2023)   ALS has announced that they will  operate a festive season flight into Lamu and Malindi effective 8th Dec23 to 8th Jan 2024. This will add much needed capacity into the market for flights from Wilson Airport to the Kenya coast, avoiding the oftentimes hassles of flying out of Jomo Kenyatta […]

Achola Rosario explores Lamu …

ACHOLA ROSARIO RETURNS TO THE COAST TO CHECK OUT LAMU’S ATTRACTIONS By Achola Rosario, Contributing Editor at www.ATCNews.org (Posted 24th January 2022) There is something about island life that encourages the removal of shoes, which in turn removes restrictions and sets free inhibitions. You can wiggle your toes again. Perhaps this is why Lamu, with […]

A visit to Lamu – an enchanting island

NELLIE MUTAVE VISITS LAMU (Posted 06th November 2020) First published by OTGE Written By Vik Chege and Nelly Mutave. On just about every trip I’ve ever been on, I always find the time to ask myself “Am I wasting my time?” or “Will I have a good time?” and even after I’ve booked my flight […]

Silverstone aircraft bound for Mombasa and Lamu crashes on take off

28 YEAR OLD FOKKER 50 AIRCRAFT CRASHES UPON TAKE OFF FROM NAIROBI’S WILSON AIRPORT (Posted 11th October 2019) (Picture by Charles Lee @CharlesLivuza on Twitter) An ageing Fokker 50, registered as 5Y-IZO, earlier this morning slid off the runway at Wilson Airport, Nairobi, while attempting to take off, ending up in the bush between the […]

Planning to head to #Lamu? Don’t forget to visit #Manda

Diamond Beach Village – Lamu – Kenya Its a new season in Lamu and Diamond’s 19th year! I could never imagine when I was 21 and first came to Manda that at 39 I would still be on the island. Thats right, next year its double celebrations! Last season saw lots of old guests returning […]

#Lamu Cultural Festival in progress

LAMU CULTURAL FESTIVAL SHOWCASES #KENYA’S HERITAGE AND CULTURE (Posted 22nd November 2018) Hotels and other accommodation facilities in Lamu are gearing up for roaring business as thousands of local and international participants flock into the iconic island for the 18th edition of Lamu Cultural Festival which begins today. Local, regional and international tourists have made […]

#Lamu Cultural Festival 2018 – just four weeks away

LAMU GEARS UP FOR THE 2018 CULTURAL FESTIVAL (Posted 25th October 2018) This year’s Lamu Cultural Festival will take from the 22nd of November until the 25th of November and the historic town is already gearing up towards the expected inflow of tourists, local and international alike. Bookings with airlines flying from Wilson Airport and […]

#Safarilink announces fares for Diani / Vipingo / Lamu

Diani/Vipingo/Lamu Fares Festive season: 21 – 31 December 2018: (M & Y classes only) W, T & R not applicable. Easter Weekend: 29 March to 03 April 2018 inclusive (M & Y Classes only): W, T & R applicable. *No child fare on `T’ & `W’ class. The fare is per seat booked. * Special […]

#Lamu’s showcase festival just a few days away

#LAMU CULTURAL FESTIVAL – ONE OF #KENYA’S BEST (Posted 06th November 2017) (Picture courtesy of the Lamu Tourism Association) From Wednesday the 15th of November in the morning until Saturday the 18th into the night will the Lamu Cultural Festival once again capture the imagination of visitors from near and far. The festival combines a […]

#Lamu prepares for two key festivals over the next two months

#LAMUCULTURALFESTIVAL AND #MAULIDI FESTIVAL EXPECTED TO BRING IN THOUSANDS OF VISITORS (Posted 16th October 2017) (Picture courtesy of Kenya Tourism Board) The annual Lamu Cultural Festival will this year take place from November 15th to November 18th and is expected to fill available rooms and accommodation to capacity. Lamu, a peaceful and laid back community […]

Jambojet adds extra flights on Eldoret route as Lamu services remain suspended

JAMBOJET UPS ELDORET FLIGHTS TO 18 PER WEEK (Posted 27th July 2017) Jambojet, Kenya Airways’ fully owned low cost airline subsidiary, had announced their intent to add more flights on the Nairobi to Eldoret route. The spare capacity is a result of the carrier suspending their services to Lamu over what they call runway conditions, […]

Wilson based air operators continue to fly to Lamu

JAMBOJET’S HALT OF LAMU FLIGHTS HAND BUSINESS TO WILSON BASED OPERATORS (Posted 19th July 2017) While Jambojet may have quietly pulled out of Lamu again – flights were halted this time without a single announcement in another major communications failure by the low cost carrier – ostensibly over concerns of the runway and apron condition, […]

What happened to the Lamu flights by Jambojet

JAMBO JET’S WEBSITE SHOWS ‘NO FLIGHTS‘ TO AND FROM LAMU (Posted 10th July 2017) Travelers trying to use Jambojet’s website to book flights to Lamu have been bewildered that no available flights are showing or can be booked, leaving plenty of open questions. The airline has up to this moment not issued any statement that […]

Skyward launches Wilson Mombasa Lamu services

WILSON MOMBASA LAMU BECOMES A REALITY (Posted 31st March 2017) As of today do passengers traveling from Nairobi’s Wilson Airport have more choices to fly to Mombasa and notably Lamu, as do passengers from Mombasa now have a choice to fly on a daily scheduled service using a Bombardier Dash 8-300 aircraft to Lamu. The […]

Good news for Kenya Tourism as UK lifts anti travel advice against Lamu

LAMU – NO LONGER UNDER ANTI TRAVEL ADVISORY (Posted 10th March 2017) In time for the annual Lamu Yoga Festival, which is still ongoing until the 12th of March, has the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office lifted their unjustified anti travel advisory against Lamu, not that it apparently had much of an impact other than […]

Skyward announced launch date for Mombasa to Lamu flights

FINALLY BECOMING REALITY – FLIGHTS FROM MOMBASA TO LAMU (Posted 07th March 2017) Come the end of the month, notably into the Easter period and the subsequent low season at the Kenya coast, has Skyward Express announced their long awaited launch of flights from Nairobi’s Wilson Airport via Mombasa to the ancient town of Lamu. […]

Epic kiteboard journey from Lamu reaches Zanzibar’s Nungwi point

Lamu to Zanzibar 2017 Expedition (Pictures courtesy of https://www.facebook.com/eastafricanboardriders/) At around 16.00 hrs yesterday, Friday 13th Jan. did 6 kiteboarders and 2 windsurfers reach Nungwi, Kendwa Rocks in Zanzibar. This brings to an end a 9 day epic voyage that began in Lamu on January 5th. To reach Nungwi they needed to travel 800kms on […]

Five star Lamu Hotel suffers major fire damage

THE MAJLIS HOTEL IN LAMU LOSES RESTAURANT AND BAR IN LATE MORNING FIRE (Posted 11th December 2016) (Pictures taken from the Majlis website) One of Lamu’s most fancied new resorts, the Majlis, located on Manda Island, yesterday suffered major damage during a raging fire which in the late morning quickly consumed the hotel’s restaurant and […]

Lamu Cultural Festival ends on a high note

FESTIVALS IN LAMU THOUGHT KEY TO PROMOTE TOURISM (Posted 14th November 2016) Thousands of visitors flocked to Kenya’s most ancient town of Lamu over the past couple of days to witness the spectacle the annual Lamu Cultural Festival provides for spectators. Airlines flying to Lamu’s Manda Airport but also hotels, resorts and lodges were reportedly […]

Lamu tourism stakeholders welcome new airlink

SKYWARD SET TO LAUNCH WILSON – MOMBASA – LAMU FLIGHTS (Posted 18th October 2016) Lamu’s hoteliers have expressed their excitement over news that Skyward, a Wilson based airline, will soon launch flights via Mombasa to Lamu. This will be the first available scheduled flight connection in more recent years linking not just Nairobi but also […]

Lamu, a haven of peace in a turbulent world

LAMU – A JOURNEY BACK IN TIME … (Posted 14th October 2016) (First view of Lamu town from across the water) For first time visitors to Lamu, an ancient town on Kenya’s coastal strip, it must appear like a trip back in time. There are, apart from the County Commissioner’s official vehicle and a TukTuk […]

Heard of Medina Palms, the only 5 star property between Mombasa and Lamu?

Get some news updates from Medina Palms and their special offers for East African residents. And if that is not enough, check out my own TripAdvisor rating of this delightful property via https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g661279-d4153081-Reviews-Medina_Palms-Watamu_Coast_Province.html Medina Palms 2017 rates Medina Palms is delighted that we have been awarded Five Star status by the Kenya Tourism Regulatory Authority, […]

Jambojet plans for more Lamu flights

DOUBLE DAILY TO LAMU? JAMBOJET THINKS IT IS THE WAY TO GO! (Posted 02nd May 2016) Come August this year does Kenya’s primary low cost airline, Jambojet, apparently plan for a second daily flight between Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and Lamu, going by comments made when CEO Willem Hondius last week opened the airline’s […]

Jambojet opens sales office in Lamu

KENYA’S LEADING LOW COST CARRIER OPENS LAMU SALES OFFICE (Posted 27th April 2016) (Jambojet’s new Lamu premises, opened today) Jambojet earlier today opened their new office in Lamu, similar to what the airline did last year when in July they launched their sales office in Diani. With daily flights from Nairobi to Lamu – the […]

Absence of regulatory approvals may cause Lamu flights to be axed

LAMU FLIGHTS BY JAMBOJET UNDER THREAT OVER ABSENCE OF REGULATORY APPROVALS (Posted 08th December 2015) When Jambojet, the low cost subsidiary of Kenya Airways, launched scheduled flights to Lamu, Malindi and Ukunda earlier this year there was in particular in Lamu a renewed sense of optimism for the future of the tourism industry. Travel to […]