Welcome to a life as a fisherman

 
Overall experience (8 reviews)

Overall experience (8 reviews)

"Most exciting experience was to join one of the fishing boats early in the morning and see over 300 kilos sardines caught from sea. It was done by diving and with different nets and it was worth of seeing indeed. Plus fried fish made by our host was an excellent supper!"

"Life in this village was so authentic and on our very first day we got straight into living with the local mamas. Spending our days with local people was so fascinating and we were so pleased that tourism was not to be seen anywhere except on the beach." Read more reviews

 

COMMUNITY

Peaceful Fisherman's village by the sea
 

LIVELYHOOD

Fishing and running small businesses

FAMOUS FOR

Fish auction
on the beach & dolphins

RELIGION

The village is Muslim (dress accordingly)

LANGUAGE

Swahili and very limited English

TRAVELLERS

Possible to meet other foreigners

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3 nIGHTS IN kizimkazi VILLAGE

120 EUR

ACCommodation: 

  • Private room in a local home,
    fan, mosquito nets and bed sheets included

  • Home made breakfast, lunch and dinner daily

  • Shared toilet and washing facilities

activities:

  • Cooking and eating together with your host family

  • Practicing the livelihood of the family (baking chapati, doing laundry or other small business)

  • Participating to the 6am fish auction on the beach

  • Swimming in turquoise waters

  • Meeting the savings group

6 nights IN kizimkazi VILLAGE

220 EUR

accommodation: 

  • Private room in a local home,
    fan, mosquito nets and bed sheets included

  • Home made breakfast, lunch and dinner daily

  • Shared toilet and washing facilities

activities:

  • Cooking and eating together with your host family

  • Practicing the livelihood of the family (baking chapati, doing laundry or other small business)

  • Participating to the 6am fish auction on the beach

  • Swimming in turquoise waters

  • Meeting the savings group

  • Snorkling trip to nearby waters

  • Participating to a local ceremony (depending on season)

  • Visiting the local school

DUARA CONTACT: aisha

Aisha is your responsible English-speaking contact person in Kizimkazi. She makes sure there is someone to meet you and introduce you to your host family. You can contact Aisha in case you have questions before or during your stay.

My name is Aisha and I have studied IT and Marketing. I am friendly, charming and funny. My hobbies are making friends, cooking and travelling. Staying with locals in Zanzibar will spice up your trip!.”

Are you hesitating to book directly? Elina from Duara is ready to answer your questions via email: elina@duaratravels.com

Are you hesitating to book directly? Elina from Duara is ready to answer your questions via email: elina@duaratravels.com


HOW TO GET THERE

You can reach Kizimkazi by daladala (local minibus) from Stonetown in about two hours. The buses stop running sometime in the late afternoon so head to the Mwanakwerekwe bus stop during daytime.

The bus won’t cost you more than a couple euros. You can always take a taxi if you’re not in the mood for a crowded and bumpy ride.

 

OTHER things to do near kizimkazi village

Go fishing with the local fishermen. The prices vary from 40 to 90 euros depending on the length of the trip and style of the boat. Ask Aisha to hook you up with the organizers.

Kizimkazi is known for dolphin tours leaving from the local beach. If you want to take part in one, ask your family to organize it for you. Duara Travels does not support animal tourism.

Some women in the village do henna tattoos and massage for a small extra payment.


traveller RATINGS (8 IN TOTAL):

Communication with the local contact:

Avg 4,5/5

Avg 4,5/5

Hospitality of the host family:
 

Avg 4,1/5

Avg 4,1/5

Sense of the security in the village:

Avg4,5/5

Avg4,5/5

Facilities in the house you were staying at:

Avg 3,8/5

Avg 3,8/5


traveller REVIEWS

MARTIN, GERMANY
JAN-FEB 2017

"For me it was a perfect stay. I got a lot for small money. 
The host was very friendly and extremly helpful.
The food was delicous, especially the fish-soup was first class spicy with ginger.
I was very surprised about that.
I came for fishing. I can catch a Giant trevally with 25 kg.
So for me Duara travels was the right decision."

 

"He was more than a family, friendly and understanding. We learnt about different people's interests."

MARTIN'S HOST FAMILY

 

LAURI, finland
FEBRUARY 2017

"Overall, the experience was good. Learning to know a local family and sharing the days with them was great. And also the beaty of Zanzibar."  

 

TINTTI & AISKA, FINLAND
OCTOBER 2016

"We stayed in fisherman’s village Kizimkazi, two nights in the end of October.  Kizimkazi is small, beautiful and peaceful place, which welcomed us nicely.

Our host was Aisha and her family.  We met many relatives and friends of Aisha, and were able to see different activities in the village and home done – not so much participate in them though. As our Swahili was even more limited than English spoken in the village we had some communication problems, especially with timings & numbers.  

Most exciting experience was to join one of the fishing boats early in the morning and see over 300 kilos sardines caught from sea.  It was done by diving and with different nets and it was worth of seeing indeed. Plus fried fish made by our host was an excellent supper!

The weather in Kizimkazi was very hot and humid, so maybe the end of October was not the best time to travel there.  But if you want to see an original, not touristy Muslim-village and see life of the community, this could be your choice."

 

TITTA & THOMAS, FINLAND
SEPTEMBER 2016

“This experience was a true eye opener! Life in this village community was so authentic and on our very first day we got straight into living with the local mamas. Spending our days with local people and children was so fascinating and we were so pleased that tourism was not to be seen anywhere except on the beach. Nearly no one spoke English but still the entire village community really did their best to communicate with us and our poor swahili. We went dolphin swimming with the boys of the family, fishing with the father, washed our laundry with local mamas, played Finnish board games with our host family and prepared and ate dinner together with the family. We edited as many travel vlogs of our stay in this village as we could, because we really enjoyed every minute of our stay in Kizimkazi! We definitely recommend this village community to anyone who wants to experience how real locals live in Zanzibar.”

 

JUHO & LINDA, FINLAND
JUNE 2016

"We spent two unforgettable days Kizimkazi with laughing Aisha and her friends who were a bit crazy in a good way. In the mornings we went swimming with wild dolphins that were hanging in front of Kizimkazi beach and in the afternoons we enjoyed the relaxed village life. The atmosphere in Kizimkazi was pleasant and peaceful – if was only disturbed couple of times per day when tourist groups arrived to the beach for dolphin tours. It felt nice and exclusive to get to live with locals in this village where tourists usually just drop by to pay a visit for couple of hours.

With Aisha we were able to see everyday life in the village and participate different activities. We for example joined a neighbourhood disco, where local girls danced local dances and sang loud on top of the music. We ate fish and freshly baked bread that were shared on the same plate while sitting on the kitchen floor. For little extra payment Aisha also gave us massage and made really nice henna tattoos."

 

KAISA & TUULI, FINLAND
JULY 2016

"We spent two nights in Kizimkazi. Although we didn’t have a common language, the family made us feel very welcome. Hawa, our 21 year old “guide”, was really helpful and took us to the village, to the beach, to the dolphin tour (which is a local speciality but a bit unpleasant while motorboats are chasing dolphins for tourists to see) etc. After some tension in the beginning the atmosphere was very good throughout the entire stay. We got awesome food and experienced well the african hospitality and everyday (family) life."

 

EEVA, FINLAND
APRIL 2016

“My experience in Kizimkazi was interesting. It was a good way to see and feel local way of living. The village is small and not so much happening around so you can really focus on sharing the daily activities such as cooking. It was really nice to learn how to cook local dishes. Nearby beach I also met nice local people who spoke English and showed me around and I could participate a lovely dolphin tour. So beautiful experience to swim with those smart animals! Thank you!”


Videos from travellers

Watch the video of IKILOMALLA vloggers who visited Kizimkazi and joined a fishing trip with their host father. See the video in Youtube to be able to see the English subtitles.


THE VILLAGE SAVINGS GROUP

One share of your payment goes to a local savings group. In Kizimkazi it goes to Mama Anna's nursery school, which educates local children for free in the community. The group spends the funds to feed the students, renovate the school building and pay the teachers.