Perfect for families and friends who like to paddle together, nothing can beat our Mazowe. The Mazowe brings people together.

The Mazowe will forever change your perception of what a double sit-on-top is actually capable of. This kayak, carrying two people and their gear, can really move! Its hull is designed to reduce drag, maintain a straight course and respond quickly to paddle strokes to change direction.

The Mazowe’s most valuable feature is that there is a substantial distance between the seats of the front and rear paddlers to give the rear paddler enough space for a full paddle stroke without worrying that their paddle will hit the front paddler. Paddle cutaways – for both paddlers – mean that both can enjoy a full paddle stroke without clipping the paddle blade against the deck.

The Mazowe is designed to carry two people with their gear stowed on the deck. That’s why we’ve got a sizeable Tankwell behind the rear paddler and we’ve let the footwell of the rear paddler flow into another tankwell in the middle of the boat to maximise the available storage space.

Multifits around the tankwells serve as attachment points for tie-downs, bungee cords, ropes and clips to strap-down gear on the deck. The 8″ Screw Hatch at the front is watertight and it is ideal for items that need to be stowed away more securely. Each paddler also has a Paddle Rest, to secure their paddle to the deck when hands are needed, as well as Bottle Holders.

Where double sit-on-top kayaks are concerned, the Mazowe is a game changer.

Length: 428 cm / 14′
Width: 86 cm / 33.75″
Height: 40 cm / 15.75″
Weight: 37 kg / 81 lb
Ideal paddler weight: 100-210 kg / 220-460 lb
Max. carrying capacity: 230 kg / 510 lb


Children will love paddling the Mazowe with you or with a friend. The Mazowe has so much space that more than two children can climb onboard, using the two Tankwells as additional seating for smaller passengers.


Dogs can be seated in the bigger Tankwell behind the rear paddler or in the centre Tankwell in front of the rear paddler. Line the tankwell with a foam mat to prevent their paws sliding so that they can sit upright to enjoy the scenery.


With the power of two paddlers and a hull shaped for speed, the Mazowe can really move on flatwater. Use the 8″ Screw Hatch and the two tankwells for gear. The Mazowe is great for overnight trips.


The Mazowe has the comfort and enough speed for long trips, but it doesn’t really have the packing space required for two people. For this reason, it is not a great touring kayak.


While the Mazowe is suitable for fishing, if angling is your sport, we recommend our angling options, which come with two flush-mounted Rod Holders, Deck Rails and an Anchor Trolley. Take a look at the Kasai Angler, Tsomo Angler and Tarka Angler. One advantage of a double-seater, is that one person can fish, while the other paddles. We have had a customer who flyfishes, standing, while his partner stablises and steers the Mazowe.


The Mazowe will reward you with great experiences on the sea – shared with a paddling partner. Use Thigh Straps attached to the Clip Rings to keep you on the deck should a wave catch you by surprise. Thigh straps also allow for greater control.


The Mazowe can punch through waves to get you behind the breakers and then back to shore, but it has not been designed to ride tubes. For real wave surfing, get our Dumbi kayak instead.


While river tripping is a pleasure on the Mazowe, keep to sections of river with smaller rapids. Use Thigh Straps attached to the Clip Rings for better control.


We don’t recommend paddling the Mazowe from a standing position but we do recommend standing up on the Stand-Up Platform to stretch your legs while you’re out on the water. Our customers have even been known to flyfish, standing up, while their companion steers and paddles the kayak.

Deciding that Vagabond needed a tandem sit-on-top was a no-brainer. Deciding how to actually design it was a different story. There are so many possible applications, and any design is bound to be a compromise between the many different possibilities.

As I had to give preference to certain applications, this is how I narrowed down my options:

1. I wanted both paddlers to be able to paddle efficiently without the paddle of the back paddler hitting the front paddler.
2. I wanted speed. I’m tired of paddling tandem sit-on-tops that just push against the water ahead of it instead of slicing through.
3. I wanted glide. Because sometimes I need to take a rest too, and nothing is more demotivating than to stop paddling for a few seconds and to come to a complete halt.
4. I wanted loads of carrying capacity. Because I have some friends who are much bigger than me, and they need to be able to paddle the boat too.
5. I wanted lots of stability. The reason many people have a tandem kayak is to take friends and family who have little paddling experience with them. Those friends and family need stability!
6. I wanted the boat to handle fast currents and little rapids. Just because.
7. Lisa, with her adventure racing background, requested a solution for quick-and-easy storage of backpacks and dry bags.

In addition to these parameters, the boat obviously needed to have Vagabond’s trademark ease-of-paddling with cutaways on the deck for natural paddling strokes, comfortable seats where the feet lie lower than the bum, and all the fittings that make Vagabond’s kayaks such a pleasure to use.

To accomplish the first goal on my list, I spaced the two seats quite far apart. Having the two seats too close to each other is a common problem in recreational tandem kayaks, and there are two reasons for this. First, it is not easy to design a hull that is trimmed correctly when the paddler at the back sits close to the stern. Secondly, there is not much room in the front to move the front paddler further forward. It took some trial and error and a lot of calculations, but I managed to create an asymmetrical hull that is perfectly balanced with the seats so far apart. The hull trims beautifully even if the back paddler is much heavier than the front paddler.

To accomplish goals 2 and 3, I used the same design concepts that I developed for the Kasai and Marimba hulls, although I had to apply these concepts a bit differently to accommodate the asymmetrical nature of the Mazowe hull.

To accomplish goals 4 and 5, I had to add width. A wide boat is generally not fun to paddle at all, but the big cutaways I added for the back paddler, where the boat is at its widest, makes a huge difference. You simply don’t notice the width of the boat with these big scoops on the deck.

Goal 6 required tweaking of the sidewalls and other details. Naturally, I drew on my whitewater design skills to accomplish this.

Moving the back seat so far back created space in the middle of the boat for a compartment that is perfect for the storage of dry bags and smaller backpacks, like those commonly used in adventure races. This compartment in addition to the stern tankwell accomplished goal 7.

To finish off the design, I added all the fittings common to Vagabond’s sit-on-tops, including a paddle rest and bottle holder for each paddler.

I’m really happy with how the design process of the Mazowe flowed to create the boat that we are now putting into production. I think that I have found the best possible compromise to create a tandem that has all the functionality we wanted while making it look good too.
Celliers Kruger, designer of Vagabond Kayaks


Our double-seater Mazowe kayak is a favourite-favourite for families, friends, guest establishments and kayak tour operators. People enjoy paddling together, on the same kayak, for a shared experience. The Mazowe brings people together.

Thank you to @leisurecollectiveknysna The Leisure Collective in Knysna for these great clips of paddling on the Knysna lagoon.

From the start, we have proudly announced that our kayaks have excellent performance and stability – two traits that are usually in opposition.

To demonstrate performance, we’ve shown videos and photos of our Vagabond kayaks on multiday tours, guided tours, social paddles and races on dams, rivers and the sea.

In terms of stability, we have had people standing (cool photo shot) on our kayaks, fishing from our kayaks and even a pair who did headstands.

And now… This! FLY FISHING from a Mazowe double-seater kayak on the Orange River! Beautiful! With thanks to Luke for this great clip.