East African Dhow Ride

Photo courtesy: Rasheed Hamis — Wikimedia Commons

Dhows were often cruising the sparkling waters off Dar es Salaam’s coast for fishing or transport to nearby islands.

My dhow journey started after I bussed from Mombasa to Kikoni near Kenya’s northern border with Somalia. Stepping into a dhow, we arced around protected waters until the peaceful sojourn ended at Lamu Island’s wharf.

Lamu
Lamu’s beautiful beach

Most of the next month was heaven: trailing down narrow sandy paths between stone buildings; hiking the lonely beach; diving into pristine water. But that’s come to an end. Lamu’s once isolated locational advantage is now a disadvantage — too close to Somalia for comfort.

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