Lamu Manda Airstrip (LAU)

Serene gateway to Lamu's rich Swahili culture and pristine beaches.

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About Lamu Manda Airstrip (LAU)

Lamu Manda Airstrip (LAU) is situated on Manda Island, serving as the primary entry point to the ancient and enchanting island of Lamu, a UNESCO World Heritage site off the coast of Kenya. This airstrip offers travellers a direct connection to Lamu's beautifully preserved Swahili architecture, bustling markets, and tranquil beaches, virtually untou...

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Safety & Vaccinations
Lamu and its surroundings are relatively safe, with specific attention to visitor security. Vaccinations for hepatitis A, typhoid, and yellow fever are recommended, alongside malaria prophylaxis. Consulting with a healthcare provider for tailored travel health advice is recommended before travelling.
For more information regarding vaccinations and health notices, view the CDC’s page :
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CDC Travel health notices and vaccination recommendations
Getting There
Access to Lamu Manda Airstrip is primarily through direct flights from Kenya's major cities. This convenient aerial route offers a picturesque glimpse into the coastal and archipelagic beauty of the Lamu Archipelago from above.
Getting Around
Transport from the airstrip to Lamu Island and within the archipelago is predominantly by boat, offering a unique and charming way to explore the area. Donkeys and walking are the main modes of transport on Lamu Island, preserving its serene atmosphere.
Following Kenya's adoption of the Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA) system from 1 January 2024, all foreign visitors must obtain an eTA prior to travel, unless they are citizens of eTA-exempt countries. The application process is streamlined, necessitating proof of accommodation and, for visitors from yellow fever endemic countries, a vaccinati...
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