Lamu Archipelago

Tusitiri Dhow


Tradition with style

There's no better way to explore the Kenyan coast than by traditional sailing dhow. Tusitiri was originally handcrafted here as a trading vessel half a century ago before being meticulously restored into majestic and luxurious exclusive charter vessel in the Lamu Archipelago.

She is ideal for families or a group of friends wanting a unique, private multi-night experience amongst the beautiful islands of the north Kenyan coast, stopping at hidden villages, empty beaches and exploring turquoise waters teeming with marine life fringed by mangrove forests.

Life on-board is relaxed and centered on the deck, with cushioned seating areas and a dining area around the mast. Below deck, find day rooms, WC and dressing room. At night, brass lanterns light up the deck and comfortable white linen bedrolls are set up on deck under the stars.


At a glance

  • Up to 10 guests

  • Private chef and crew

  • Two tenders

  • SUPs, snorkelling gear, water skis, wake board and fishing kit

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Community & Culture

The Enasoit Collection story began with a Norwegian family's love for Africa. Born out of a spirit of adventure, their safari travels evolved into a lifelong journey of exploring Africa's wild spaces and developing and supporting community and wildlife conservation projects in East Africa.

Tusitiri Dhow is the family’s coastal home, and their history and love for Kenya is intimately felt through the dhow's charm and the professionalism of the crew, many of whom have sailed onboard Tusitiri for over twenty years. Tusitiri is one of East Africa’s last large trading dhows and through Tusitiri's restoration a special part of Kenya's Swahili cultural heritage is preserved.

What makes us different

Why Niarra

Niarra Travel is a forward-thinking travel company headquartered in London born out of a passion to do things differently.

In Swahili, a Bantu language spoken by millions in Eastern, Central and Southern Africa, the name Niara means "with utmost purpose" and our team are united by a passion for exploration and a belief that the right kind of travel can make the world a better place.

Our Travel Researchers are here to create incredible trips with a positive impact for you.

  • Unforgettable experiences

    Creating your trip is entirely collaborative and our Travel Researchers are here for every step.

  • Positive impact

    Curated sustainable experiences and accommodation that maximize the benefits to local people and place.

  • Fairness and transparency

    An open, competitive pricing structure that ensures more money goes to where it's needed in the destination.

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