We were sitting around relaxing with our feet in the fine white sand at the Restaurant Bar of Kilima Kidogo Guest House in Paje, when Mohammed the chef came to ask us whether we would like his catch of the day prepared whole in the oven, garnished with veggies for supper. He assured us it would be just enough for our family of six, which included our children from Dar es Salaam who were due to arrive to spend the weekend with us.
Earlier that afternoon we were treated to a huge home baked chocolate cake which we enjoyed with coffee and tea.
Such is the hospitality at Kilima Kidogo Guest house in Pajè Zanzibar where we spent four days lazing in the sun, taking long relaxing walks on the beach and enjoying the hearty hospitality of Dina and her staff.
The house opens directly onto the fine white Zanzibar sand with breathtaking views past the swimming pool of the blue ocean shimmering in the sun. The restaurant and bar nestles underneath a palmfrond roof, the tables and chairs firmly imbedded in white sand.
The beach seems to stretch endlessly, an improbable white, broken here and there by driftwood, a fisherman passing by on a bicycle or a dhow deep in the sea.
At low tide the water recedes far away to form numerous shallow pools where the treasures of the ocean are revealed to those brave enough to walk as far as the coral ridge.
The name Kilima Kidogo might mean Little Hill but the welcome of the people at Kilima is anything but a little hill, it rather resembles a huge mountain of friendliness and hospitality.
Thank you Dina and staff for creating a home from home for many people.
We will surely be back!