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Zanzibar Dhow Experience Tanzania

Dhow Safaris Exploration

(Dhow Safaris Exploration is done from Fumba - a village on the Tanzanian island of Unguja, part of Zanzibar. It is located in the southwest of the island, at the end of the Fumba Peninsula, and overlooks Menai Bay. Fumba is the most convenient location for exploring the wildlife, isolated sandbanks and rugged island scenery of the Menai Bay Conservation Area)



Zanzibar Dhow Cruise

Zanzibar Dhow Cruise

A sailing trip on an Ngalawa A sailing trip on an Ngalawa

Zanznibar Snorkelling

Zanzibar Snorkeling


Zanzibar Dhow Safaris

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Zanzibar Dhow Experience is a cruise on a traditional wooden dhow and is an essential part of your Zanzibar holiday experience. Glide silently across the Indian Ocean to the sound of clean white sails being beaten by the wind.


Cruise around the several surrounding islands, and jump overboard to explore a few. Enjoy lunch on the dhow, and experience a Zanzibar sunset while out at sea. And if part of you needs a little reassurance, most of the dhows have inboard or outboard motors, just in case the wind decides to leave you at the mercy of a stilled Indian Ocean.

Zanzibar Dhow Safaris Summary Itinerary

Your adventure starts from Stone Town hotel we you are picked and transferred to Fumba village, south west of Stone Town. Fumba is the most convenient location for exploring the wildlife, isolated sandbanks and rugged island scenery of the Menai Bay Conservation Area.


African Spice Safaris Zanzibar Dhow cruise is not just a day out on a traditional sailing dhow with good food. You need to come prepared to get your feet wet, enjoy new experiences, make new friends and most importantly, have the most memorable day of your life.


Keep a lookout for both humpback and bottlenose dolphins, as you explore the Menai bay. Zanzibar Dhow Safaris practice a policy of responsible dolphin watching and are lucky enough to see dolphins on 90% of our excursions. Explore the mangrove lagoon hidden inside Kwale island. A swim through the protected mangrove forest at high tide is an unforgettable experience.


Before lunch is served, go Snorkeling in the sparkling blue water. Menai bay has several naturally occurring sandbanks with safe swimming and from where you can enjoy great snorkeling. Lunch includes Seafood.


Taste the flavors of Zanzibar at our desert island restaurant on Kwale island. Seafood barbecue includes fish, calamari and slipper lobster served hot from the grill. Then enjoy a tropical fruit tasting – a gastronomic delight! “Chakula Chema”!


In the afternoon you have the exceptional chance to join an experienced crew and sail on an Ngalawa, or outrigger canoe, made by hand from a single mango tree. The journey back will be by sail, wind permitting.

Zanzibar Dhow Safari Excursion Include:

* A sailing trip on a traditional dhow

* A sailing trip on an Ngalawa
* Snorkeling
* Lunch

Zanzibar Dhow Safari Excursion Exclude:

* Tips and gratuities
* All personal purchases




Sandbank Picnic with Prison Island Tour

This full day excursion includes something for everyone! Start your day by visiting the historical Prison Island. There, tour a prison once used as a quarantine, befriend an Aldabra Tortoise and enjoy the panorama of Stone town viewed from an island!


After that, it’s time to relax on the white sands of the Pange Sandbank and soak up the Zanzibari sun. Admire the breathtaking view of the turquoise waters that surround you and the birds that loom up above.


This truly is a dream destination! Time for a cool down? Grab your snorkel and flippers and go for a swim. This underwater world will blow you away. Marvel at the tropical fish that swim amongst the beautiful, live coral reef that surrounds the Sandbank.


After you’ve worked up an appetite, sit down and relax under your own private tent, where a seafood feast awaits you. Sure to be one of your favorite days in Zanzibar!


Offered Daily, from 9:30-16:30


Prison Island Tour

This half day excursion is perfect for someone who wants to get off the beach and get a little more action! Join us as we sail to Prison Island, also known as Changuu and Quarantine Island. There, you will find a conservation area dedicated to the endangered Aldabra Tortoises.


While there are babies and juveniles, some tortoises are up to 180 years old! After admiring our large, reptile friends, take a tour of the historical prison, once used to house rebellious slaves, and later used as a quarantine, sheltering the island from such epidemics as yellow fever.


Getting a little hot? Why not go for a snorkel in the crystal clear waters that surround the island, or go for a swim and relax on the white sands? On the sail back, we’ll indulge in some tropical fruits, hoping to leave you with an extra sweet memory of your day.


Offered Daily, from 9:30-12:30, or 13:30-16:30


Sunset Dhow Cruise Tour

Watching the sunset seaside in Zanzibar is an amazing experience. Watching the sun set in Zanzibar while sailing the sea is one-of-a-kind! Come with your partner to turn up the romance or with your friends and family to see Zanzibar from the ocean’s perspective!


Don’t forget the sun downers…Every trip includes refreshing beers chilled to perfection, soda, water and snacks to boot! For 8 people or more, you can enjoy the sweet sounds of Taraab music provided by your own private musician.


As the wind blows the boat back to shore, we know you will enjoy the perfect ending to your perfect day at the beach.


Sunset Cruise: Offered Daily, from 16:30-18:30


Private Sunset Cruise for Honeymooners Tour

See the most romantic side of Zanzibar by taking a sunset sail for two to celebrate your newly made vows. A perfect start to the perfect evening, you will enjoy the intimacy and exclusivity of your own private dhow. Take in the breathtaking sites of the island and the magnificence of the African sunset.


A private butler will serve you canapes, cool refreshments, and of course, a bottle of bubbly! To spice up the atmosphere, Original Dhow Safaris will arrange a private musician just for you.


Choose among a traditional Taarab musician to play sweet, seductive songs or ngoma drummers to get the beat going.

The day, after all, is yours.


Sunset Dhow Cruise with Dinner Tour

After working up an appetite during your Sunset Cruise, sail into an evening of wining and dining with a meal that brings a whole new definition to the term ‘culinary experience’.


Go from the waves to the rooftop with a luxurious dinner on top of Jafferji House and Spa. Located in the heart of Stonetown, guests are sure to admire the most magnificent views of a magical city as they dine in style. After receiving a welcoming ‘mocktail’, guests will indulge in an exquisite 3-course dinner, lit only by candles and city lights! Come experience a side of Stone Town you’ve never seen before!


After a magnificent two hour sunset cruise, sail into Mtoni Marine, a beautiful restaurant located on the beach of Mtoni. There, all guests receive a warm greeting, a welcoming bonfire and a beautiful table surrounded by banana leaves and candles. And that’s just the start! Dinner is a deliciously refined 3-course menu, with starter, main course and dessert. You can’t get much more exotic than this.


For groups of 8 or more, enjoy the 5-star treatment at Mbweni Ruins Hotel and Restaurant! Guests are dropped onto an amazing jetty with breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean. From there, they are led to the historical Mbweni Ruins, where they will be treated to a mouthwatering 3-course dinner among candlelight. You will feel as if you’ve gone back in time!


Sunset Cruise with Dinner: Offered Daily, from 17:00-21:00


Booking & Reservations for Dhow Safaris fleet comprised of five handcrafted dhows, all based in Stone Town, Zanzibar - Tanzania

Booking Office Tel: + 254 (0) 20 2437871

Mobile : + 254 (0) 721242711 (Safaricom) - Kenya

Email: info@africanspicesafaris.com





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