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In the winter of 2019, Henderson Productions took a small group to Tanzania for a 14-day adventure.   This blog series tells the story of the trip and our fellow travelers.  Using our network around the world, we curated a tour to give us local connections and experiences beyond the normal tourist choices.  For more information about our upcoming trips, subscribe to our newsletter.

Dancers at the Village Museum

Colorful regional dances are part of a visit to the National Village Museum

The Village Museum includes 8-10 different tribal villages in a well laid out path.  Each dwelling of buildings is factually dark on the inside with only the artifacts or equipment normally found in that tribal use.   We began our 1.5-hour visit with a colorful and rhythmic dance show with four drummers in plastic lawn chairs and four elderly women stomping and singing for 15 minutes with a break midway to tighten/tune the drumheads by literally heating them on a smoking coal fire.  Except for a 20-something male drummer, the other 7 of the troupe were female, at least 60+, and full of energy and mojo.   We LOVED it.

By 2 PM we were on our way to the Cape Town Fish Market restaurant for a fabulous late lunch across from Slipway on the bay.   I had ahi carpaccio with a balsamic glaze lightly drizzled over the raw tuna, peppers and avocado sprinkled with poppy seeds.   YAAS!    Several guys had fish n chips which was deemed excellent.  Our local friend explained, as we checked out, there’s a local tax of 18% for tourists.  Wow.   Still, my sumptuous meal plus a beer and liter of water came only to $15.

Back to the hotel around 4 PM with a quick turnaround for D, K and I on the grocery run.   It’s a modern grocery store though the expats prefer to purchase meats and fruits more directly.   We did have fun spending $200 on breakfasts and chicken, cheese, water, beer and wine for the group.   Plus, I found a couple “gift” items like lemon/honey soaps for a fraction of tourist locations.

Quick stop at a butcher’s – an upscale British butcher shop complete with biltong jerky which we tasted and then purchased for the safari.   A quick repack to prep for the safari was all I had to meet the 6:45 walk around the corner to the local haunt, Mamboz Masaki.   This highly affordable hangout sits above the Pizza Hut with an open-air terrace to maximize the ample breezes.   Eleven meals – plus tip and tax came to under $100 but no alcohol as the owner is Muslim.  Sigh.

He came and answered all questions from the vast menu and I ultimately took his suggestion as a favorite and ended with the hit of the night – snapper filet grilled with a lemon spice rub.   It was fabulous and ample enough to share a bite with several others.   Perfect for my recovering digestive system.

Wish I could say I slept well but we all still have the 1-4 AM jetlagged wakeup happening.   I played with pics and a movie til almost midnight and then woke from 2-4 AM.   Total of 4.5 hours was an improvement but need to not make this a routine!