When I tell people we visited Zanzibar and shared my photo’s with my friends on Facebook they only see the “tourist side of Zanzibar Island“. I also thought it was a tiny island but was really surprised by its size.
It is a beautiful Island, but here are some pictures of Zanzibar you will not see on the tourist info pages. I loved all of it and found the people to be very friendly and helpful, especially in the smaller villages. Learn a bit of Swahili and you will find them even more friendly. There are no shopping malls or fast food outlets.
I am not sure how my daughter learned to drive here… that is a bit of a nightmare as there don’t seem to be any road-rules and let’s not mention all the potholes. Many of the locals ride on scooters or bicycles and don’t wear helmets. I could spend an entire day taking photo’s of the different cyclists with their goods 🙂
A few basic greetings to learn in Swahili
- Hello – A friendly “Hujambo” goes a long way. We also just said “Jumbo“
- This gets a bit confusing but Shikamo – is a greeting for the elders. It means “I hold your feet.” The reply to “Shikamo” is “Marahaba“, meaning “I am delighted”
- Thank you – Asante – You will use this word the most. Or Asante-sana – Thank you VERY much.
- Pole – I am sorry for your misfortune. This applies to everything from tripping over something, spilling coffee…
- Pole pole – “Slowly, slowly.” a word our guide used a lot when we walked to fast or had to watch were walking 🙂
- Chakula – Food
The flowers in Zanzibar are stunning so here are just a few of the flower photo’s I took, but I won’t bore you with that 🙂
I hope you enjoy the next few posts of our Zanzibar family holiday.