Planning To Travel To Tanzania? These Are The Top 4 Restaurants In Dar Es Salaam

I want to go back to Dar, Tanzania šŸ™‚

Dar Salaam was amazing to me last year. I was so relaxed when I visited because I had very little going on in my life and all that I needed to do is relax and enjoy the breeze. The one thing I loved about the place was the fresh sea food but on the flip side, the traffic situation is a mess. Being Kenyan, I should not complain about the traffic but I have to tell you guys, theĀ  foleni is worse thanĀ  what we experience Nairobi. When traveling to Dar from Nairobi, you can book a flight via Kenya Airways or Precision Air or takeĀ  Dar Express or Dar Lux buses that cost about 3,000KSh one way.

I had a fantastic experience dining in all these places.

Karambezi.

I am addicted to calamari and that is usually the first thing I always ask for when I go to sea food restaurants. I have been looking for the best calamari around and I think I finally found it in Diani, but thats another day’s story. I loved the calamari at the Karambezi and the ambience. It was quite romantic.

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News Caffe.

I have a friend who insisted on taking me to the News Caffe in Dar because unlike the Kenyan branches, this one had the best poached egg in the continent. He drummed it up so much, I would be a fool not to experience the best breakfast in Africa. As much as I would have liked top burst his bubble I had to agree with him, the food was amazing.

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The Cape Town Fish Market.

Being very high on the must visit places on trip advisor, I had to eat at the Cape Town fish market. The weather was perfect when I was there and to my surprise, there were men in suits having lunch (seriously? Who wears suits at the Coast?) Anyway, I was asked for sushi and I was a little disappointed. Everyone else loved their meal but I guess I kept comparing it to my favorite restaurant in Kenya, Ocean Basket- Oval Branch.

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I dont remember the name of the restaurant but it was in Oyster Bay.

I was so full from my buffet breakfast to have anything substantial here so In asked for a fruit salad and enjoyed some good company and the view that was totally epic.

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I really want to travel to Santorini, Greece with my friend Rehema and also go to Namibia. Which is your ultimate beach vacation spot?

Zanzibar, Tanzania Is The Most Romantic Place In The World: Prison Island Edition

ZANZIBAR WAS BREATHTAKING.

I went to Tanzania earlier this month. I have been to Tanzania before but this time, it felt different. I felt older and wiser. You know how that feels, right? I was able to make better packing, traveling and accommodation choices.

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I love to travel and I would honestly travel all year round if I was lucky enough to get a job that allowed it.Ā  A few years ago, I considered being a flight attendant but I backed out because of school. Oh well, that is another day’s story.Ā  I was in Zanzibar for a few days and there is so much to write about. Today, we are all heading to Prison Island in Zanzibar, Tanzania.

We traveled from Zanzibar main Island on a boat called the Honey Moon (No pressure). It was so funny because the young man commandeering the boat was only 18 and he was so confident at sea. I remember saying to myself, if my dad was here, he would flip because he hates being in anything that moves over water. He is actually one of the many people I know who are scared of being on a boat. As we drifted away from Zanzibar, I thought about the place we were going to, why this place was special and if we were paying for a boring tour around an abandonedĀ  prison.

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When our boat docked a few meters from the beach, I couldn’t help but get exited because the island was beautiful. Our 18 year old boat owner, who was also our guide, took us to the Tortoise sanctuary. Who knew they could be that big? I had never interacted so closely with tortoises that were so big and that old. The oldest one was over 150 years old. Can you believe it?

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Their skin was so rough and they like it when people massage their necks. These tortoises knew how to chill. They were never in a rush šŸ™‚ Beach time all the time.

We then headed to the reason why the Island is called Prison Island. According to the guide, this was a quarantine area for the ill slaves being traded in Zanzibar. They were all brought here to get treatment before being sold to the Portuguese and Arabs . Zanzibar being one of the biggest trading points for the whole of east and central Africa, the number of slaves sold were in their thousands. This high numbers meant that diseases, like the plague, spread very fast. What I found out was that the famous prison Island was more of a hospital than a prison.

We had to rushĀ  back to the boat because we had to go snorkeling. Prison Island is the best place to do this because the water is calmer and clearer. This was my first time ever in the middle of the ocean, floating right near the coral reef, curiously looking down into the water trying not to panic. It was really scary because I am not a good swimmer and having a life jacket on was not enough. After a few minutes of holding on tightly, I actually let go and enjoyed the view. What I saw when I looked into the water was beautiful; fish minding their own business, sea weed being see weed and me trusting the ocean to be calm just for a while. It felt quiet and so peaceful floating away. It was unbelievable.

Swimming with the fish

Thank you for taking time to visit my blog.

My next article will be about my Stone Town Adventure.

Have an Amazing Time.

Ā Reina Kimeu

THE MOST ENVIABLE AFRICAN WEDDING GOWN 2014

When Kendi invited me for her traditional wedding, all that went through my mind was, “What is she going to wear? “.Kendi is well known on Instagram for her cutting edge fashion sense and ability to pull anything off so we all had a lot to look forward to. Continue reading “THE MOST ENVIABLE AFRICAN WEDDING GOWN 2014”