Dhow Safari

From R 20 000

Journey back in time and embrace the Mora Mora Malagasy way of life on the Dhow Safari. It is a unique and unforgettable adventure. Your 7 nights are spent beneath the star lit sky in our rustic tented camps. This trip provides fascinating insights into Madagascar as we explore the aquamarine bays, beaches, lagoons and channels. Swim with turtles, meet lemurs and experience creative cuisine over the camp fire.


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8 Days of Adventure

Highlights of the trip

Lokobie Camp

  • Explore nearby Nosy Komba
  • Visit the village market
  • Get close to lemurs
  • Snorkel the Nosy Verona coral reefs
  • Explore the jungle on foot
  • Sea kayak to nearby islands

Russian Bay

  • 6 simple rustic bungalows
  • Magnificent views of the bay
  • Snorkel at Ankazaberavina Reserve
  • Fish around Sugarloaf island
  • Swim to explore Antshoa Island
  • Warm waters teaming with fish

Marine Reserve

  • Tanikely Marine Reserve in Nosy Be
  • Marine biodiversity culminates here
  • Premier snorkelling and coral reefs
  • Swim with turtles
  • Lounge with Lemurs
  • Lighthouse built by Gustav Eiffel


A Typical Itinerary

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Lokobie Camp

Your Dhow adventure starts the minute you book your trip and begins when you land at Nosy Be airport. You will be welcomed with a warm island greeting and travel through the ylang ylang plantations and chaotic Helville town to the port, where it is onto the dhow and off to our 2 private rustic camps, an exploration journey of Madagascar.

From our tented camp set on the edge of the Lokobie Forest Reserve, we explore nearby Nosy Komba, visit its village market and get close to its habituated lemurs. You will have lunch on board and snorkel the Nosy Verona coral reefs. From Lokobie you also have the opportunity to do the jungle walk. Paddle out on the flat ocean and kayak to the nearby islands all at your own pace.

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Russian Bay

Our Russian Bay camp has 6 bungalows on the hill overlooking this huge bay which is used as a hurricane hole in the cyclone season. It takes about 4 hours by dhow / houseboat to get from Lokobie to Russian Bay so we usually stop over for lunch and snorkelling at Ankazaberavina Reserve, fish around Sugarloaf island and swim ashore to explore Antshoa Island.

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Tanikely Marine Reserve

Tanikely Marine Reserve is a premier snorkelling and coral reef area in Nosy Be archipelago. We allow plenty of time to enjoy the colourful coral reef, swim with turtles, crystal clear waters, lemurs on the island and the lighthouse built by Gustav Eiffel. We will end the excursion with lunch on the dhow / houseboat.


Things to do


  • The price quoted covers the dhow / houseboat, meals, flights from JNB and air taxes.
  • Transfers if you are heading straight to the camps and back to the airport.
  • If you are going on to other hotels, we can arrange transfers but will be for your account.
  • Visas are done on arrival and are approximately R500 per person.
  • If you’d like to extend your stay we can suggest and arrange accommodation for you.
  • Please note all prices are subject to change without prior notice due to currency fluctuations and are priced at the current airfares which can change at any time.
Sakamanga Hotel

Quirky popular hotel in the centre of Tanna. Recommended if you are spending a few nights in Tanna.

Au Bois Vert Lodge

A comfortable small hotel in beautiful gardens close to Tanna airport. The lodge “Au Bois Vert” is a unique concept, close to the city centre, offering a wonderful park where birds and chameleons live abundantly.

Domaine Mange Be

Well priced guesthouse on a quiet beach with good snorkelling. Restaurant, scuba diving, deep sea fishing, kayaking available. A good place to base yourself to explore Nosy Be.

Gerard et Francine

Wonderful boutique guest house in Ambatoloaka, the main tourist town. Easy walking distance to bars and restaurants yet very quiet and peaceful.

Villa Vahila

Exquisite boutique guesthouse set in lush gardens on Madirokely beach with great service and food.

Royal Beach Hotel

Large 4 star hotel located on the beach with wonderful rooms, great service and excellent food.

L’Heure Bleu

An eco-chic hotel nestled in a lush tropical garden that enjoys a unique location in Nosy Be.


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“Our trip was incredible, food was delicious. Mahalina is the most beautiful place in the world and Madagascar is a truly special place-we have memories that will last a lifetime. “


“Such a beautiful place. You looked after us so well! The food was delicious, as well as our little afternoon tea and cake snacks. We will definitely be back maybe… a family holiday.”


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