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Lamu: By Sail

Kenya

from $4,699* per person 4 Days July-April
Boutique accommodations Exertion level: 3
Operator: Deeper Africa 8 people max
  • Lamu, kenya
  • Culture & Nature trips
Originally built in Lamu over 20 years ago, Tusitiri is a 20m dhow offering a unique opportunity to sail around the Lamu archipelago in the tradition of Arab sailors plying the spice route in centuries past, combining the romance of this romantic era with every modern-day comfort. 

Constructed of specific local hardwoods, dhows date back to the Afro-Arab civilization, and were traditionally used for trading exotic commodities between the Arabian Gulf, India, Europe and the East African coast.  Tusitiri's spacious decks and gracious furnishings allow up to twelve guests to relax, enjoy a variety of water-sports, and enjoy the beautiful surroundings of this little visited area.  During time on board, guests sail and explore throughout the Lamu archipelago, exploring the calm inland waters, with time to stop at deserted beaches and island hideaways.  When conditions allow, Tusitiri raises her majestic sails in time-honored tradition. 

Tusitiri is also equipped with two jet boats, one rigged for game fishing and diving and another used for water skiing and exploring.

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Itinerary

Day 1   
Peponi Hotel  
 Lunch at Carnivore Restaurant in Nairobi. Transport to Wilson Airport.

Kenya Airways Flight
Depart Wilson Airport @ 1:45 pm
Arrive Lamu (Manda Island) @ 15:45 pm

Pickup at Lamu Airport by Deeper Africa guide.  He will have a sign with your name on it. Transport by dhow to Peponi Hotel. 

Dinner and overnight at the Peponi Hotel. 

Day 2
Tusitiri Dhow   
Breakfast at Peponi Hotel.   Originally built in Lamu over 20 years ago, Tusitiri is a 20m dhow offering a unique opportunity to sail around the Lamu archipelago in the tradition of Arab sailors plying the spice route in centuries past, combining this romantic era with every modern-day comfort. 

Constructed of specific local hardwoods, dhows date back to the Afro-Arab civilization before the time of Christ, and are traditionally used for trading exotic commodities between the Arabian Gulf, India, and the East African coast.  Since her launch, Tusitiri has ventured south to Mozambique and as far East as India.  Her spacious decks and gracious furnishings allow up to twelve guests to relax, enjoy a variety of water-sports, and take in the beautiful surroundings of this little visited area.  During time on board, guests sail through the Lamu archipelago, exploring the calm inland waters, with time to stop at deserted beaches and island hideaways.  Consider exploring some of the ruins in the archipelago that date back as far as the 8th century. 

When conditions allow, Tusitiri raises her majestic sails in time-honored tradition. Guests sleep on deck under the stars on comfortable bedding, laid out after dinner.  Tusitiri's large deck space allows for privacy, as well as shelter in the event of rainfall.  For those not wishing to sleep al fresco, there is a double cabin below decks.  Treated mosquito nets, bed linen, bathrobes, and towels are supplied.  Delicious 3-course meals are predominantly seafood although other dishes can be prepared with prior notice.

The weather around Lamu is generally warm and sunny from mid-July through to mid-April with the warmest months between November and March.  Due to a constant sea breeze, conditions on board are always extremely comfortable.

Dinner and overnight aboard Tusitiri Dhow. 

Day 3
Tusitiri Dhow   
Breakfast aboard Tusitiri Dhow.  Tusitiri has a Yamaha 31 called the Kiwayu Express, rigged for game fishing and diving and a Yamaha 23 used for water skiing and exploring.  On board facilities include a galley, bathroom facilities, cabin space for luggage and dressing, ample water storage, and refrigeration.
You’ll be wandering through the archipelago and into a wonderful underwater world along the reefs of the Kiunga Marine National Park.

Dinner and overnight aboard Tusitiri Dhow. 

Day 4
Transit to Nairobi    Breakfast aboard Tusitiri Dhow.  Morning at sea with lunch in Lamu. Transfer by boat to Manda Island and the Lamu airstrip in time for your flight to Nariobi.

Kenya Airways Flight
Depart Lamu @ 16:00 pm
Arrive Wilson Airport @ 18:00 pm

Pickup and transfer to Pampa Grill in Nairobi for dinner. Transfer to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

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