Makubwa House, Classic Swahili House

Entire home hosted by Abdalla

  1. 9 guests
  2. 2 bedrooms
  3. 6 beds
  4. 4 baths
Great check-in experience
90% of recent guests gave the check-in process a 5-star rating.
Dive right in
This is one of the few places in the area with a pool.
Great communication
90% of recent guests rated Abdalla 5-star in communication.


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Immerse yourself in the Swahili culture when stepping into Makubwa House. A great location, situated in a quiet street just two minutes off the seafront and a three-minute walk to the Old Fort, our home is an ideal retreat for your stay in the mystical island of Lamu.

The space
Makubwa House was built in the 1850’s for a Patrician family with all the characteristics of the traditional architecture, at times it hosted up to 3 or 4 generations simultaneously that were living in the different floors. After a careful restoration loads of the original features such as the original courtyard, carved doors, mangrove beams and thatched roofs were maintained so that it would not lose the feeling of a real Lamu House with the Arab, Persian and Indian influences that distinguished the intricated and mesmerizing Swahili architecture.
Our home consists of 3 levels: at the bottom a traditional entrance with a classic baraza leading to the courtyard with your private plunge pool. On the second floor you will find Master bedroom, 3 beds in the gallery, the dining area and our equipped kitchen which you are free to use during your stay. On the upstairs floor enjoy the sun and the panoramic views of the town and the ocean, the amazing stars and the colors at sunrise and sunset or relax under the thatched roof while sipping on a glass of wine. There is also a bed in the gallery for lazy siestas or an extra guest. The air-conditioned bedroom is also located here as well as a full bathroom.
Zion will be at your disposal during your stay in Makubwa House and will cater to any need you may have. Babu Ali is our doorman and resides in his private apartment at the bottom floor to ensure the house is taken care of. All our beds have mosquito nets, towels and body soap is also provided. Wi-Fi is available throughout most of the upper floors. We offer laundry or meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) at additional cost. We are also happy to arrange your transfers, activities and shopping.
Karibuni to Makubwa House, we are always happy to host you!

Where you'll sleep

What this place offers

Pets allowed
Air conditioning
Patio or balcony
Luggage dropoff allowed
Unavailable: Carbon monoxide alarm
Unavailable: Smoke alarm

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4.71 out of 5 stars from 59 reviews


Where you’ll be

Lamu, Lamu County, Kenya

In Lamu you will feel like living in the 19th Century. The small alleys, traditional carved doors, Swahili architecture, street market and the charming people of the island will make you immerse yourself in a completely different world.
You are strategically located close to all amenities in town. Just 2 minutes to the seafront where you can catch a boat to Shela or Manda beach which is just 10 minutes from Lamu town. The market is just a 3 minute walk from the house where you can find fresh produce, there are loads of little shops around town where you can find what you need, alternatively let us do it for you!

Hosted by Abdalla

  1. Joined in August 2019
  • 59 Reviews
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My name is Abdalla although everyone knows me as Dula. I was born and raised in Lamu where I met my beautiful wife. We both moved to Germany where we are raising our two kids.
I do love swimming and interacting with people so if I am in Lamu I will be more than happy to walk with you to the market and share some of the stories of my youth in the Island.
My name is Abdalla although everyone knows me as Dula. I was born and raised in Lamu where I met my beautiful wife. We both moved to Germany where we are raising our two kids.…


  • Maria

During your stay

Am available at anytime just write to me and ask about Makubwa house or anything about Lamu. You can also write to me on Facebook makubwa house. My email On WhatsApp +4915734714048. Let's interact
  • Languages: English, Deutsch
  • Response rate: 100%
  • Response time: within an hour
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Things to know

House rules

Check-in: Flexible
Pets are allowed
Smoking is allowed

Health & safety

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