Mimi the dhow

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Mimi the dhow- sailing back in time

Keeping Zanzibars traditions alive


Mimi our very own dhow
Mimi the dhow is a project to keep Zanzibari traditions alive and to offer our guests to sail back in time.  During the Spice trade, Arab and Indian merchants sailed to Zanzibar using monsoon winds. Still today the dhow is the main vessel to transport goods to Zanzibar using the same sailing methods as done thousands of  years ago.

Made by hand
Mimi was originally a fishing dhow and our carpenter Juma built the interior using only hand tools. Nails are handmade, sail sewed by hand.


Traditional maintenance methods
Mimi gets served only traditional maintenance methods. To prevent the boat from leaking we use ”kalafati” – a fat cotton soaked in coconut oil. To avoid vegetation on her bottom fermented fish oil is used. The sail is made of cotton, as well as the major part of the ropes


Place: Kizimkazi, Menai Bay
Impression & Feelings: Feel the winds of history

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