Salum Mkubwa

Founder & Managing Director

I was born in Pemba Island in 1977 and I am presently living and working in Stone Town. I joined Tima Tours and Safaris as a guide in the 1990s before I eventually bought the company in 2002 and became the Tours Director and Guide for most travellers. I have been devoted in developing a sustainable tour operations company and I am fortunate to work with a dedicated team of like-minded people. My favorite part about my work is the ability to meet people from different parts of the world and with colleagues within the Tourism and Hospitality Industries both locally and internationally as well as supporting local communities in different ways.

Education and Training

I finished my Diploma in Education with majors in English and French before proceeding to complete my Bachelor of Arts in Education at the State University of Zanzibar. Later on I went to University of Dar es Salaam where I studied: Development Studies and got my Masters. I am currently pursuing my PhD in Development Studies. In addition to my continued education, I continuously attend refresher workshop trainings and seminars to enhance my knowledge about the Tourism Industry, Sustainable Development and Business Management.

Life in Zanzibar

Generally, the Zanzibar society is made up of people who are kind, thoughtful and honest Most people are very hospitable and accustomed to the many visitors who come on holiday. The respectfulness and vibrant energy by most people allows everyone to be in a peaceful state of mind, interact well and feel safe. The Swahili culture enhances a communal, cooperative and respectful environment for everyone.

Favorite Place in Zanzibar Island

Forodhani Gardens in Stone Town for simple reasons; it has spectacular views over the ocean and the beautiful sunsets, it’s an idyllic location for people to meet and have conversations, its safe, and lively in the evenings and has a nice breeze. The seating stations around the seafront and the lush gardens make for a nice hangout.

Feedback I Get from Travellers

Most people have told me that the weather was so amazing during their stay – not too hot and humid but sunny enough and the warm ocean waters were conducive for swimming with the dolphins, snorkeling, and diving and laying on the beach. Also, I’m told, the cool breeze allowed for more active land-based walking activities.

Favorite Experience in Zanzibar Island

Safari Blue is clearly my favorite experience in Zanzibar Island because of its unique ocean activities such as the classic dhow sailing, swimming in a lagoon – the natural swimming pool makes for a special relaxation, and fun activity and stopping at the sandbanks at Kizimkazi and Fumba Bay areas is quite extraordinary.

The Highlight of a Zanzibar Island Holiday

Village Tours are the most transformative and unique experience for many travellers as they get to see the real way of living in the inland areas of Zanzibar. Travellers get to see the real houses, local activities such as seaweed farming, spice plantations, fishing and they get to participate in activities such as: coconut leaf making of roofs for their homes and cooking (Pilau and Chapati) lessons are offered by the local women. At Tima Tours and Safaris we encourage community visits for a better understanding about the local lifestyle.

Recreation Activities I Indulge in During My Free Time

During my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, doing gardening, talking to my children while keeping up with their education, and storytelling in the study room. Besides that, Travelling is my passion and I enjoy going to different places and meeting people.

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