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Yacht Experiences

Safari and Sea in Kenya and Tanzania

Discover the natural wonders found along Kenya and Tanzania’s shared border. Swim with whale sharks, dolphins, and rays off of the paradise islands of Zanzibar and kayak biodiverse mangrove creeks. Have candlelit dinners in the bush on safari and beach barbecues on remote islands as you cruise in luxury among one of Africa’s most sparkling corners.

When to go:
October – January

LAMU ARCHIPELAGO & ELEPHANTS

Arrive in Kenya to a warm welcome from your captain who will escort you to your yacht. After meeting the crew and settling in, ease into your adventure with an afternoon of kayaking through the verdant mangroves or surfing some of the country’s best waves. As the sunset tints the sky, climb aboard a traditional dhow for delicious sundowners on deck.

The next day, fish the teeming waters off of Kiwayu Island and fly down the immense Shela Dunes on a sandboard. Transfer by air to Amu Ranch where the African savannah rubs up against the elemental coastline. Discover the ranch’s vital conservation initiatives, and observe the lions, elephants, and giraffes that use this stunning land as part of a migratory corridor.

Travel by helicopter to Tsavo National Park—one of Kenya’s oldest and largest national parks. You’ll spend time at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust elephant orphanage, learning about its essential efforts to assist orphaned elephants. Discover Tsavo and its impressive big game species either on foot or on horseback before a candlelit dinner in the wild and a night in a tent surrounded by the sounds of the nocturnal bush.

As your tent’s canvas begins to glow with the rays of the rising sun, set off on a game drive and delicious bush breakfast. Take a helicopter back to the coast where you’ll arrive at your yacht near Kilifi Creek.

CAVE DIVING & CORAL PLANTING

With a guide on hand, try out kitesurfing at the creek, or dive into the vast underwater cave network of Vuma Caves. You’ll pass dolphins sheltering in the entrance to the caves, and watch moray eels and other species glimmer in the light of your powerful torch.

A different dive next, with the abundant coral gardens of Kisite Mpunguti Marine National Park. Called the ‘home of the dolphins’, this beautiful marine park is a haven for rare species and a beacon for migratory birds. You can assist in reef conservation, planting new coral on the seabed, or helping track changes in the established coral. Go on a nocturnal tour of the marine conservation area, discovering the fascinating other side to the life that exists here.

FLYING FOXES & FUNDU GAP

Cruise to Tanzanian waters and arrive at Pemba Island. Swim, and feed, the whale sharks that are found here. Dive the Njao Gap Reef which slopes precipitously to the seabed, spotting anemones, bannerfish, and pufferfish along the way.

On the island itself see the sizeable and secretive Pemba Flying Foxes. After the sun has done down, dive into the Fundu Lagoon and feed the coconut crabs—the largest, and certainly the sneakiest, land-living arthropods.

Dive the Fundu Gap, watching mesmerized at the manta rays gliding between the caverns that characterize the underwater landscape. On the eastern side of Pemba, you’ll find spooky shipwrecks claimed by nature and patrolled by hammerhead sharks. In the island’s hinterland, find ancient caves of local spiritual significance, their existence wreathed in folklore.

ZANZIBAR & WHALE SHARKS

Arrive in the stunning archipelago of Zanzibar. On Prison Island, see the endangered Aldabra Giant Tortoise. Hop to Zanzibar Island to spot red colobus monkeys, endemic to this forest, within Jozani-Chwaka National Park. Walk the streets of historic Stone Town discovering its past as a trading outpost and cultural melting pot.

Join whale sharks and over 460 species of fish while swimming in the warm, translucent waters off of Mafia Island. Collect vital data on these beautiful underwater giants for a local conservation program.

Explore the mangroves by kayak, or take to the shallows for high-octane thrills employing jet skis, kite surfing, and more. Wander among the Iron Age ruins found on this paradise island with a local expert on hand to provide further insight. Bid farewell to your crew before transferring to the mainland for your flight home.