Bye, Greece: There’s A Yacht Week In East Africa Now

As tourism booms in Africa, so does the number of curated experiences on the continent. One unique expedition that’s caught TravelCoterie’s eyes is the East African Yacht Week taking place off the coasts of Kenya and Tanzania.

Yacht Week has traditionally been known as a pretentious European event involving celebrities, models, oligarchs and über successful businessmen sailing around the Mediterranean or Aegean Sea. It’s an expensive experience costing as much as $100,000 for a 100-foot fully-staffed vessel. The prices in East Africa may be significantly cheaper, but the white sand beaches and turquoise waters are just the same.

East African Yacht Week was created by Chicago native and entrepreneur, Kelsy Horton. His love of sailing, history and Pan-Africanism are parts of the reason he now resides in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. With “beauty and culture of the Eastern coastline of Africa and its neighboring islands” on the itinerary, Black folks stateside are prepping their passports for a week on the water this fall.

If sailing around the motherland’s coast sounds like something you might be interested in, head over to the East African Yacht Week website.

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Eric has revolved in and out of passport controls for over 20 years. From his first archaeological field school in Belize to rural villages in Ethiopia and Buddhist temples in Laos, Eric has come smile to smile with all walks of life. A writer, photographer and entrepreneur, the LA native believes the power of connectivity and community is enriched through travel.

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