The highlight of my Jambiani trip
Like I said here, the highlight of my trip to Jambiani, in Zanzibar, was definitely the visit to the Kuza Cave. The cave, one of Zanzibar’s best secrets, is part of the Kuza Cave Cultural Centre, a registered NGO that supports community projects in Jambiani.
In this post, I’ll share some info about the cave and its cultural centre.
The Kuza Cave is an ancient limestone jungle cave with a pool of crystal clear turquoise fresh water. The word Kuza in Swahili means birth or growth, but the cave is known to local people of Jambiani as Panga na Maji, which means Cave with Water, and is seen by them as a sacred space where one can connect with nature or the Spirit of the World.
How to get there
The cave is located only a short walk away from Jambiani beach – only 20 minutes from where we were staying. Once you get there, you have to pay a small fee of 20,000 tsh or 10$ (it’s free for kids under 6 and half price for people under 18) and they will also give a snorkelling mask. From the entrance to the actual pool, it’s a 10-minute walk.
Swimming in the cave pool
One of the main questions I got about this place is whether it’s okay to swim in the pool inside the cave, and the answer is yes.
Once you get here, you can swim in the crystal clear water of the pool in the cave and the best part is that, since very few people know about this place, you can enjoy this corner all to yourself!
The cave is very small, but we spent about one hour there as we really loved it.
The Cultural Centre
The Kuza Cave Cultural Centre is also an NGO dedicated to supporting community projects in Jambiani, including building a nursery school, providing over 100 kids with meals everyday, preserving the local wildlife, women empowerment projects, helping people find employment buy sharing skills and knowledge and promoting local culture through classes and workshops.
As a matter of fact, not only you can get food and drinks here, but you can also join different classes and activities. Here is their list with prizes:
You can also join their Swahili Night, Wishing Rituals and Traditional Medicines and Healers.
We had so much fun here and it was the perfect way to spend the day. This is also the place where we learnt how to play Bao.
I really recommend paying this place a visit if you are in Jambiani!
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