Jambo, Zanzibar!

Jambo, Zanzibar!

#Zanzibar is a place that I come back to time and time again. One of my favourite ways to experience the #island is through the delicious #foodanddrink. The luxurious Zanzi Resort offers a buffet of anything your heart could desire. A walking #tour is a great way to see the old Stone Town and try the food from the bustling markets. I also got to make my own food with a #cookingclass.


When I was 16, I went on a family trip to Zanzibar. I arose from beneath my mosquito net every morning just before 11am. I would change into my bikini and brush my teeth in mere minutes and head to the hotel pool to start my day off with some pool Pilates. Then it was upstairs to breakfast, which was a buffet consisting of anything your heart could desire. Freshly cut fruit? Eggs and bacon cooked exactly how you like them right in front of you? The smallest and sweetest bananas I’ve ever eaten. You name it, they had it. And everything was delicious.

After breakfast, I’d go lounge on a deckchair by the pool and maybe have another dip in the pool. After that and in between paddle skiing, oil body massages and motor biking along the beach, we’d usually head off on our daily adventure, getting around town by dala-dala, the best of which are chronicled below.

You name it, they had it. And everything was delicious.

After that, I’d retire back to the hotel where I would sip on my first-ever Pina coladas, which quickly became and still are one of my favourite cocktails, and enjoy an evening of dancing and dinner with family, new friends and the friendly staff. 

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Hotel Zanzi Resort

 Kama, Zanzibar, Tanzania
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Zanzibar is still my favourite island. Absolutely nothing can compare and it’s a place I’d like to return to again and again.

Take a Walking Tour of Stone Town

This is a nice day out strolling along the streets of old Stone Town, a place that carries the history of sultans, princesses and slaves and where there’s so much to see and do. The best part about this tour is that you can customise it so that you see the sights that interest you most and they’ll even pick you up from your hotel. 

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Some of my highlights were walking the path of the slave trade, the majestic House of Wonders, the Sultan’s Palace Museum and the hustling, bustling Stone Town markets where we saw mountains of fresh seafood, just-baked loaves in wicker baskets and all kinds of exotic fruits and vegetables. Take the optional stop off at the Zanzibar Coffee House so you can take a rest from the hustle and bustle and the heat. 

Stay on into the evening for a vibey nighttime food market where you’ll find endless seafood options, fried potato balls, naan bread and samosas. It is just opposite the House of Wonders and you can watch the stalls being set up just before sunset, while watching dhows come in from a day at sea.

Attend a Local Cooking Class

If you’re a foodie like me, you definitely need to try a local cooking class. First we walked through the spice farms touching, smelling and tasting the different spices and tropical fruits as we went. We smelt and tasted everything from vanilla to cardamom, jackfruit to star fruit. 

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Our guide told us about their different properties, origins and their medicinal and culinary uses. 

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After the tour, we went spice shopping at the local market to purchase the spices needed for our cookery class. We learnt to make and ate a delicious traditional Swahili prawn and coconut rice dish that we’ve been making at home ever since.

Take a Boat Trip to Chumbe Island

With only 14 guests allowed on Chumbe Island at a time (one of the last pristine coral islands in the region), it feels like you have the entire island to yourself for the day. 

A 45-minute boat ride later, we spent the day on the island enjoyed a freshly cooked lunch and a spot of snorkeling, in a place that has 400 species of fish, turtles and dolphins regularly passing by, which is a truly incredible experience. 

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