Category Archives: Zanzibar

40 “Summer" Photos Taken in Tanzania

Summer in the Northern Hemisphere coincides with peak travel season in Tanzania. This “summer"—I put that in quotes because it wasn’t actually summer in Tanzania but rather some of our cooler months—I did my fair share of traveling and exploration because my brother was visiting from the U.S., and I wanted to show him all the best that the country had to offer. We discovered some beautiful places in Dar es Salaam where I live—you will see many pictures of the Protea Hotel Dar es Salaam Amani Beach in this post—but we also took a 3-week road trip that took … Continue reading

Water, Hotels, and Sunset: 39 East African Photos

It’s been almost 3 months since I last shared the best of my Instagram feed with you, so that’s what I am going to do today. The pictures you’ll find in this list include, as always, pictures taken near water bodies (what can I say? I am Pisces), at hotels, and at the magical time of sunset. You’ll also find some aerial photography: pictures taken from tall buildings or from the plane. I am pleased to share that the very best of these photographs—or at least the ones my followers liked most on Instagram—are of my hometown, Bukoba. You’ll find … Continue reading

Zanzibar, Tanzania: My Best Tips For Stone Town & Elsewhere on the Island

Planning a trip to Zanzibar soon? Looking for ideas about what to do while you are there? Then, you are in luck. Today, I’d like to share some of the things I’ve most enjoyed doing in Zanzibar over the past 10 years. That’s how long it’s been since my first trip to Zanzibar taken shortly after I first moved to Tanzania. These tips cover both the historic part of Zanzibar, Stone Town, as well as other areas of the island. This is not an exhaustive list. Rather, these are simply some pointers shared with love from me to you. I hope you find them … Continue reading

Breastfeeding: Give Breast Milk to Newborns in the First Hour of Life for Full Benefits of Breastfeeding

The first week of August, August 1-7, is World Breastfeeding Week. Although I’m not a mother, the negative attitudes towards breastfeeding that I see online, especially those that shame mothers who breastfeed in public, deeply disturb me. How else can a mother breastfeed an infant regularly without confining herself to her home during that period?! To mark this year’s World Breastfeeding Week, I’d like to write about something a little different. Today, I’d like to share with you some information that I came across recently that highlights not only the benefits of breastfeeding, but specifically stresses the importance of giving breast milk to … Continue reading

Bakhresa Hotel Zanzibar

When you live in Tanzania, the Bakhresa Group and its products and services are everywhere you look. On any given day, you might eat Azam ice cream, use Azam flour, or watch Azam TV. You might travel on an Azam ferry to Zanzibar, or hear a news tidbit about the Azam Football Club. You might stop at an Azam bakery or drink an Azam juice, milk, soda or Uhai bottled water. The Bakheresa Group’s products and services in Tanzania are everywhere! And yet, there’s one sector where the Group has had no presence until now: hotels. That’s all about to change though. … Continue reading

Screenwriting Lab to Be Held at Zanzibar International Film Festival 2015

From July 18-25, 2015, the Maisha Foundation will run an 8-day intensive screenwriting lab at the 2015 edition of the Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF). Applications are currently open. Read on to learn more. ZUKU is once again proud to welcome Maisha Film Lab to Zanzibar for a screenwriting lab to be held at ZIFF 2015. Applications for this competitive screenwriting lab are now open, with the deadline being June 13. Maisha Film Labs & The Zanzibar International Film Festival The 2015 edition of the Maisha Film Lab is the seventh lab to be held in collaboration with ZIFF. The screenwriting lab has … Continue reading

Selma to Open the Zanzibar International Film Festival

Have you heard of the award-wining movie Selma? If you haven’t, check out the film’s trailer here. Selma is a 2014 British-American historical drama film directed by Ava DuVernay and written by Paul Webb. It is based on the 1965 Selma to Montgomery voting rights marches led by James Bevel, Hosea Williams, Martin Luther King, Jr. and John Lewis. The film stars actors David Oyelowo as King, Tom Wilkinson as President Lyndon B. Johnson, Tim Roth as George Wallace, Carmen Ejogo as Coretta Scott King and Common as Bevel. Selma premiered at the American Film Institute Festival on November 11, 2014, began a limited … Continue reading