Dhow – Zanzibar to Pangani

Been too long since a travel photos update, these were taken on the iphone 4.

Above was the local dhow taken from Nungwi, Zanzibar to Pangani on the mainland of Tanzania. The trip is 42km and takes ~6 hours. It easy to get from Pangani to Zanzibar. Supposedly more difficult to find a dhow willing to take tourists from Zanzibar to Pangani.

Caught at 8am in front of Jambo Brothers Restaurant on Nungwi Beach. They will charge you 30,000 tsh which is ~5x local price but still cheap and fast compared to the Stone Town ferry to Dar Ea Salaam. Paid 20,000 after some negotiation.

The staff was very friendly abs about 30 people and a lot if cargo crammed on board. The photo of crew below shows a tarp over the hull, most passengers that were women and children were underneath. Also where 92.647% of sea sickness occured.

Midway there was an island of sand only present at low tide. Some points were deep others were a few feet, offering a magnificent view of tw majestic kingdom below, best viewed on person, naturally.

It is risky and there is little recourse I’d one capsized. That said it was a very authentic experience and trip back in the time machine to how people have been navigating these routes for age memorable.


  1. Fran

    March 27, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    Great shots. The camera on that phone is a blast, isn’t it? I have downloaded a number of photo apps and have to push myself to pick up the DSLR — which is the preferable equipment when you publish a food blog. 🙂 Love the 8mm video app.

  2. Rob

    March 28, 2011 at 5:22 am

    Thanks Fran, love the camera and have taken almost every photo in this blog with it since December. Need to get more apps as realize I am missing out on all sorts of coolness.

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