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Bi Kidude, the voice of Zanzibar

Let’s get inspired by the culture of Tanzania and Zanzibar, telling the story of a music celebrity that is one of the most loved among the local people: the singer Bi Kidude.

Bi Kidude

She passed away few years ago, when she was over 100 years old. Bi Kidude is one of the most unforgettable music artists that Tanzania ever had. She is considered the undisputed queen of Taarab and Unyago music, and experts of ancient rituals.

There are not precise information about the early years of her life. She was the daughter of a coconut seller in the village of Mfagimaringo, colonial Zanzibar. Even though, whoever had the chance of seeing her on the stage have been impressed by this little woman with an extraordinary voice and talent.

There isn’t any published book about her life apart from the known video documentary “As old as my Tongue – The Myth and Life of Bi Kidude” by director Andy Jones. But also the Zanzibari tourism community keeps memory of her: the luxury hotel on the island, ‘236 Hurumzi’, named their restaurant ‘Kidude’ in her honour.

One day at the Spa…

Not everybody know, but beauty traditions are one of the hidden secrets of the Tanzanian coast. You will be surprised, spending some hours in the Spa of a luxury resort of Dar Es Salaam or Zanzibar… get prepared to be treated like a sultan!

Traditional beauty treatments are a precious heritage that still shows elements of the cultures’ mix living in these areas during the centuries. The local production of natural cosmetics flavoured tropical fruit, flowers and spices is just incredible. Stunning settings inspired to the ancient time will make your experience unforgettable.

Amazing scrubs, made by dried ylang ylang, jasmine, rose and other flowers, clove, sandalwood, geranium and rose water, and many more, are probably the most typical treatment loved by many local women. Spas add also some aromatherapy and relaxing massages with oils and essences. The best of the best? Choose a Zanzibari “singo” scrub, and you won’t get wrong!

If you like henna decoration, you can request one as well. Henna is made by pounding the dried leaves of ‘mhina’ plant, which is then mixed with water to form a paste. Decorations (floral are the most typical in Zanzibar, but also the Indian style is quite diffused, especially in the area of Dar Es Salaam) can be made on hands, feet and ankles: after the application you have to wait until the paste is completely dried, before removing the excess brushing gently.

Before getting back home, don’t forget to buy some perfumes, oils and essences… the Tanzanian art of beauty spa is a local excellency and the perfect way to complete your adventure in this beautiful country.

Zanzibar. A tour on the footsteps of Princess Salme

Princess Salme, daughter of Sayyid Said bin Sultan Al-Busaid (Sultan of Zanzibar and Oman) is one of many legendary names having their origin in the archipelago. Her story is written in a book, Memoirs of an Arab Princess – but let’s have a quick look to the highlights of her life.

Salme of Zanzibar

A girl able to ride horses, to fence with sword, dagger and lance, and to fire rifles and pistols… but also one of the few women at that time self-taugh to read and write.
Following her German husband Heinrich Ruete, at one point she moved to Europe.

Even nowadays, around the historical places and ruins in Unguja where she used to live during her childhood, it is possible to discover magical places and secret corners where the past is still alive.

The pictoresque architectures in the ruins of Mtoni Palace, where she was born and lived the earliest years of her life and the ruins of the elegant Kidichi Persian Baths.

Leaving from Stone Town you can also get the chance to taste a bit of the everyday life at the Sultan’s court: the traditional coffee ceremony, the doneky ride to Kidichi, a meal prepared in the traditional way (pilau, fish masala, meat, bananas, salad, fruits, fresh fruit juice and spice tea) and a tour across the spice plantations.

It’s almost holiday time! Time as well to book your trip to Zanzibar… Contact our safari experts at info@savannahtz.com.

Kitesurf. Have fun in Zanzibar!

Kitesurf in Zanzibar

Sport lovers will find a surprising location in Zanzibar. One of the major highlights of this area is the reliable wind… and this is the reason why the island has become a famous kitesurfing spot, a good environment both for learners and experts.

Kitesurf is one of the most fun activities you can try out during your stay in Tanzania. This surface water sport uses the power of the wind to propel a controllable power kite across the water on a kiteboard.

Despite the way it looks, it is quite easy to learn the basic techniques of kitesurfing, plus it doesn’t require to be very trained or strong, so that it is suitable for most of people of any age.

Just a few and simple rules, that you can get during a short course, will be enough to go on and exercise yourself in total safety. As one becomes more confident, it is possible to specialize in different styles, from speed racing to freestyle.

If you want to add this experience in your itinerary, we can help you to choose a kitesurf course suitable for your training level. Contact our experts at info@savannahtz.com.