Lunch on the sand dunes of Zanzibar

Lunch on the sand dunes of Zanzibar

Here is the second post on my trip to Zanzibar and 1 of 2 very long posts (I promise the photos are worth it).  While out in Zanzibar I joined 30 new friends on a couple of traditional dhow’s (local fishing boats) and sailed out to the sand dunes just off the coast of the island for lunch.  Although I’m not one for sailing in small boats on choppy waters, when we landed on our sand dune, I have to say it took my breathe away. The beautiful white sandbank in the middle of the Indian Ocean was amazeballs!  And the grilled seafood lunch that was waiting for us upon arrival was equally amazeballs!  But, before digging in I took a dip in the clear blue sea to work up an appetite.  It was fantastically relaxing as the ocean seemed to meet the sky.  After lunch and another dip in the water, the tide started rolling back in, the sand dune slowly started to disappear right under our feet and no one needed to tell us to haul ourselves back in those dhows to head back to higher ground in Stone Town. Back on the island we stopped for a bit of shopping and sight seeing in the historical city before travelling back to our hotel.  Needless to say, I was totally wiped out and completely sun burnt by the time I got back to our room, but it was worth it.

A traditional dhow – our ride to the sand dunes (gulp!).

A view of Stone Town from the water.

The sky meets the ocean. Haeven!

Our lunch spot.

These local chefs were grilling up a storm. I have to give them credit, it was scorching hot in the sun. I’m still recovering from severe sun burn from this adventure.

After lunch we stopped in Stone Town to stroll around the cobbled streets. It’s a pretty interesting place that is sort of stuck in a time warp somewhere between Europe and Arabia.  It is apparently the only functioning historical town in East Africa and has been designated a world heritage site.

I learnt something new in Stonetown. I always wondered what you could do with sugarcane outside of chewing it to suck out the juice and then spitting out the fibres. In Zanzibar they squeeze them through a press to make sugarcane juice. It seemed to be a pretty popular beverage as this gentleman had a number of customers who stopped by for a glass in the few minutes we were there.  Watch out for this one coming up on the blog when sugarcane is back in season. The monster flies didn’t let me brave a glass while in Stone Town, but I’ll be sure to give it a try.

5 Comments

  1. Hello, I have been following your blog for a while now. Not sure how I found out about it but I just wanted to tell you that your pictures and stories are always amazing! I’m inspired to visit Zanzibar if I get the opportunity to do so.

    • Madam Chef

      Ceecee thanks for stopping by the blog. Doesn’t matter how you found out about the blog, just glad you did 🙂

  2. These pictures look absolutely stunning. I love them. I hope to one day visit Zanzibar specifically for the amazing Sauti Za Basura music festival that they have annually. Beautiful picture. I hope you enjoyed your vacation bc this looks heavenly.

    • Madam Chef

      Adhis I over enjoyed it. Such a beautiful laid back place and to think, this is Africa. Bliss!

  3. hi. i have been inspired to visit Zanzibar. these pictures are magnificent. did you obtain your visa before leaving Nigeria? what do you think i can get to enjoy there in October?

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