Tusitiri Private Dhow

Explore Kenya by dhow


Tusitiri Private Dhow

Can you think of a more unique way of soaking up the natural splendour of Kenya than on a traditional dhow?

Dhows are wooden sailing vessels originally built for carrying goods along the Indian Ocean trade routes.

A member of the exclusive Scandinavian-owned Enasoit Collection, Tusitiri is a carefully restored dhow that now operates as a majestic vessel perfectly tailored for a completely unique live-aboard safari experience.

The famous Tusitiri dhow is based in Lamu, a small town on northern Kenya’s Lamu Island. Although it has ventured as far south as northern Mozambique, the Enasoit Tusitiri dhow spends most of its time treating guests to the ideal sailing conditions and endless adventures of the Lamu Archipelago.

The archipelago is well off the beaten tourist track, and offers countless opportunities for exploration and fun – all of which can be enjoyed from the unique base of the Tusitiri dhow.

Island hopping

Tusitiri is available for multi-day safari adventures as well as one- or half-day excursions from Lamu. As with all Enasoit experiences, Tusitiri safaris are offered on an exclusive basis, with each experience being tailor-made according to your group’s interests and preferences (as well as the seasons and tides, of course!). The dhow is typically available from August until March, due to seasonal winds and rains from April through July.

In true Enasoit style, the Tusitiri team ensures that its guests are given ample opportunity to enjoy as many of the area’s exciting activities as possible. Think island hopping, reef snorkellingkayakingthrough lagoons and mangrove creeks, deep sea fishingwater skiing and wakeboarding, relaxing on pristine beaches, enjoying picnics, sundowners and ‘moonrisers’ in breathtaking locations, or simply enjoying the calm on board whilst moored in a secluded bay or lagoon.

Lamu Archipel Kenya Tusitiri Dhow
Tusitiri Private Dhow Boat in Lamu, Kenya

Combination of African tradition and Western luxury

The town of Lamu itself is a UNESCO world heritage site steeped in living history. Tusitiri guests can explore the old town and village for shopping and sightseeing, or visit the ancient ruins that reveal some of the area’s rich history to fascinated newcomers.

Onboard, Tusitiri offers its guests a memorable combination of African tradition and Western luxury. Think white linen bedrolls and sumptuous cushioned seating on a traditional wide wooden deck, a warm-water open-air shower, and a large dining area and al-fresco kitchen at the bow. There is even Wi-Fi available on the otherwise timeless vessel!

Another onboard highlight is the world-class seafood offering. The Tusitiri chefs prepare fresh Swahili-inspired meals in an open-air galley, serving delicacies like freshly caught mangrove crab and prawns from local fishermen. This is accompanied by fresh local produce and carefully selected house wines.

The Tusitiri crew comprises highly skilled Bajuni sailors whose expertise have been learned over generations, as well as second-generation Kenyan wildlife enthusiasts who act as gracious hosts and a wealth of information on the area.

The highly exclusive experience is limited to only 10 guests at a time, so we’d encourage you and your friends or family to get together and book your unique private dhow safari now!