About.

Musafir means traveller. It is a word that can be found in many languages, like Arabic, Farsi, Hindi, Kiswahili and Urdu. In Romanian and Turkish it translates into ´guest´.

The Musafir dhow aims to create a platform for the message of peace, freedom and unity. It's a project where people who connect with this message can come together and share an experience. Setting sail with the Musafir and being part of its journey symbolizes absolute freedom of movement, freedom from limitations and freedom of thought. It serves as a creative space that allows all those aboard to explore, to embrace random encounters and test personal limits, to mature, to inspire and feel inspired, to share, to create and ultimately to learn about the world.

Musafir is more than just a boat, it’s a way of life. All Musafiri, the members of the crew, share the vision of the journey as a life path. Our journey is not simply a movement in space, but also an adventure of the spirit.


To sail and be guided by the winds, to travel and explore is more important than reaching a specific destination.


WHY A DHOW?

A dhow is a traditional wooden sailing boat with lateen sail used in the Red Sea and Indian Ocean. Traditionally dhows were used for trading goods and fishing activities in East Africa and India, as well as pearl diving in the Middle East. Even today dhows are still used in many countries around the world, mostly between the Persian Gulf and East Africa.

The building of dhows is considered an art handed down from generation to generation. With the introduction of more modern boat building techniques and designs, we are losing the practice of dhow building. It is becoming more and more a lost art.

The Musafir, a 70-foot dhow still under construction in Kenya today, honours the traditional boat building skills of this region, while creating a tool that gives the Musafiri community an opportunity to continue travelling and be at the service of others at the same time.


SETTING SAIL

In keeping with traditional practices, the Musafir wants to make use of the seasonal winds which have characterized the development of sea navigation on the East African coastline and the Indian ocean throughout the centuries. We strive to be in harmony with the elements and go wherever the wind may take us!

Providing space on board for 20 Musafiri crew members, the crew sailing with the Musafir will be in constant rotation. Our mission is to reach small coastal settlements and to exchange knowledge, skills and consciousness with the people we meet on our path. By creating small volunteer based projects we hope to empower through integrated experiences. The specific types of projects Musafir undertakes will depend upon the opportunities we encounter and the skills we have on board.

MUSAFIRI PROJECTS

We want to promote a sustainable, simple way of living, in harmony with our surroundings, allowing room for beauty and positivity. We envision a large variety of initiatives, going from creative projects incorporating dance, music and any other type of artistic expression, as well as other educational or technical ventures to facilitate exchanges with the communities that we meet along the way.

So far Musafir has undertaken a range of small projects, such as creative school workshops, tree planting initiatives, upcycling used items and more!

By sharing our time, energy and abilities we hope to gain perspective and insight both on a personal and communal level. The Musafir strives to be an example of how to live in harmony with our consciousness, reducing to a minimum the presence of structures and social hierarchies and putting into practice universal values ​​such as sharing, respect and cooperation on a daily basis.

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Bookings.

Free / Work-Trade

Join the Musafir adventure in Kilifi, Kenya!

Minimum stay: 7 nightsMaximum capacity: 8 people
Food Not Included
We are currently moored in Kilifi Creek, Kenya, looking for crew to help out with maintenance, cleaning, social media management, community engagement projects such as reforestation of mangroves, sustainable lifestyles, and coastal waste collection initiatives. Musafir being a platform for different projects, we encourage volunteers to come on board with their own ideas and dreams according to their interests and skills.

This is a great opportunity to experience community lifestyle, woodworking and traditional boatbuilding craftsmanship, and to explore the customs and cultures of the East African coastline and the unspoilt area around Kilifi. We have kayaks, bicycles and fishing gear for your use. We speak English, Italian, Spanish, French and Swahili.

We live as a community on board, sharing the duties of cooking, cleaning, shopping and upkeep. We have sleeping compartments below deck, but weather permitting, we enjoy sleeping on deck with the cool sea breeze and the beautiful night sky. Diet on board is predominantly vegetarian but we occasionally enjoy locally caught seafood.
$1500/person

Sailing on the Indian Ocean

Jan 20 - Feb 20, 2021
Food included
Five Odyssey across the Indian Ocean, on board the Musafir, the biggest engine less Dhow. Learning how to sail surrounded by a multicultural crew, producing and co-creating documentary in each community that we reach, manifesting pop up film and cultural festival. A human exchange of consciousness ,respect and wisdom promoting unity and care for our planet.

The schedule is subject to change, depending on weather forecast.

Pamoja Odyssey 3
Starting in Kilifi, Kenya the 20th of January, ending in Seychelles Victoria the 20th of February.
An average of 2 weeks at sea and 2 weeks on land between Kenya and Seychelles.

Pamoja Odyssey 4
Starting in Seychelles the 1st of April, ending in Maldives atoll Addu 1st of May.
An average of 2 weeks at sea and 2 weeks on land between both country.

Pamoja Odyssey 5
Starting in Maldives in Atoll Addu the 2nd of May, ending in Sri Lanka the 2nd of June in Panama(Sri Lanka) , Galle to be use as port of entry.
Average of 10 days at sea and 20 on land.

Pamoja Odyssey 6
Starting in Sri Lanka in Trincomalee the 3rd of September, ending in Indonesia, Pula We the 2nd October.
Average of 10 days at sea and 20 on land.

Pamoja Odyssey 7
Starting in Indonesia, Pulau We the 1 Dec, ending in Padang, Indonesia the 4th of January.
Average of 10 days at sea and 20 on land.

Price is specified for each Odyssey, each of them last for a month.
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The real Journey began only once you reach the point of not return

Key Stats.

Year founded

2011

Size of project site

0.1 hectares

Languages spoken

  • english
  • spanish
  • italian
  • swahili
  • French

People on site

3 - 10

Dry season

December to April

Wet season

May to June

Living Conditions.

Sleeping

  • shared rooms
  • hammocks

Omnivore Food

  • communal kitchen access
  • communally cooked meals
  • over 80% locally sourced

Internet

  • fast: streaming video

Opportunities

Musafir is currently offering the following opportunities:

  • carpenter
  • web designer
  • social media management
  • Sustainability expert
  • Chef

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