Swahili Canoe


The ngalawa or ungalawa is a traditional, double-outrigger canoe of the Swahili people living in Zanzibar and the Tanzanian coast.

It is usually 5–6 m long and has two outriggers, a centrally-placed mast (often inclining slightly towards the prow) and a single triangular sail. It is used for short-distance transport of goods or people, as well as a coastal fishing boat. 

It can be classified as a variation of another common type of Swahili canoe known as ''mtumbwi''

The name and the outrigger technology was adapted from the outrigger lakana of the Austronesian Malagasy people of Madagascar.