The Rock

When you’re only 15 minutes from one of the world’s top 10 quirkiest restaurants according to Trip Advisor, you know you have to go!

Located on a rock in the Indian ocean (literally), The Rock Restaurant is only five years old but has already become an icon on Zanzibar. At high tide, clients reach the restaurant by row boat because the water level makes it too deep to walk.

We had heard that business was steady, so we tried to make reservations. They were all booked up but our hotel advised us to go for a drink on the patio.

We ended up having a drink; only at another restaurant on the beach a few metres away.

It was cool to see the restaurant even though we didn’t get a seat. If we are ever in Zanzibar again, we’ll make sure to reserve early!

Zanzibar is truly beautiful. It’s not built up like the Mexican coast, but the beach is full of white sand that goes for miles. We spent the previous day walking the 30 minutes from Jambiana to Paje where the centre for kite-surfing is located on the island. There were stretches of sand that we had all to ourselves.

Beach walk to Paje

Walking the beach to Paje

Palm trees line the shore, as well as small hotels here and there. Kite-surfers come out by the dozens in the afternoon.

We stopped for coffee once we reached Paje and a small squall passed through as we were sitting at our outdoor table. We didn’t mind at all because we were so hot from the walk!

Paje has nice places to stay on the beach, but as soon as you are 100 metres back from the water you are reminded that you are in Africa. The dirt roads are lined by rustic houses and shops, and you know that you are far from the Western world.

A traditional outrigger makes its way among the kite surfers

A traditional outrigger makes its way among the kite surfers

Despite the poverty, locals are friendly and still very interested in Westerners. Small children like to give high-fives and everyone says “karibu” or “welcome” when they meet you.

One of the curious events on the island are police check points. There are several between Jambiani and Stone Town, and police look for anything to make a buck.

Sometimes our drivers know the officers and a friendly chat occurs. But when they don’t know those manning the checkpoint, it’s another story all together.

One driver searched frantically for something that was asked for (after showing his taxi operator’s license, fire extinguisher and a number of other things). Whatever was wanted he couldn’t produce, so money was exchanged at the back of the vehicle and then we were on our merry way.

A good learning for the girls about why we should appreciate Canadian officers!

2 Comments on “The Rock

  1. WOW…..as I read this post, my outside thermometer says -28C, the coldest night of the winter here so far. Oh, and did I mention a fair amount of snow now on the ground this year as well.

    Your vista walking down a white sand beach looks very much more appealing.

    As always, take care. Thanks for the posts even if sometimes it really makes me wish I was there.

    GJGE

    • Oh that makes the heat here a little more bearable! đŸ™‚ The one bad thing about Zanzibar is that it is about 34 degrees during the day, and about 32 at night. When there’s no air conditioning (neither place had any) you feel like you are in a constant state of melting!

      – Heather

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