Lamu hit by accommodation crisis as visitors arrive for cultural festival

A light   air craft flies A plane flies past locals and foreign guests taking part in dhow race during the Lamu Cultural Festivals in Lamu County on November 12, 2016.lamu1

BY UPESI NEWS TEAM, NAIROBI NOV 12,2016-The Lamu archipelago is experiencing accommodation crisis following an influx of guests in this year’s 16th edition of the Lamu Cultural Festival.

The fete is an annual event which is celebrated to show case the rich culture and heritage of Lamu’s Swahili people that has captivated the world for centuries.

By Saturday, more than 80,000 visitors from across the globe had already arrived in Lamu to mark the cultural event that kicked off on Thursday.

The arrival of both domestic and international tourists has led to the accommodation crisis which began to be experienced by Friday evening within the island and Shella seaside tourist town.


Thousands of holiday makers  flock  Lamu Island during the Lamu Cultural Festival on Saturday November 12, 2016. PHOTO | courtesy  | UPESI NEWS

UPESI NEWS has established that some of the visitors were forced to seek accommodation on the mainland towns of Mokowe, Hindi and Mpeketoni, which are kilometers away.lm2

Lamu Governor Issa Timamy said this year’s Lamu Cultural Festival was unique having attracted more international tourists compared to previous festivals.

Mr Timamy said they have recorded the highest numbers of festival goers since the event’s inception in 2001.

“This is proof enough that Lamu is peaceful. We expect more than 150,000 visitors to have attended by the closure of the event on Sunday,” said Mr Timamy.

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