Sunset Dhow Sail

The iconic dhow is an ancient Arabic sailing vessel, carved out of mangrove timber and flagged with a lateen mainsheet. These graceful boats plied the trade routes between east Africa, Persia and India for centuries. In fact, they are still built and operated today, although mainly for Indian Ocean fishing and transport. One of Zanzibar’s biggest treats is to set sail on a sunset cruise and watch the historic Stone Town shoreline glide by, while the lights from mainland Dar es Salaam twinkle in the distance.

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