Zanzibar Dishes to Die For: The Best Tanzanian Food to Try on Safari 


Zanzibar has a unique cuisine that can tantalise your taste buds. Here are some of the top dishes that you simply must try out during your stay in this Tanzanian archipelago.


This isn’t just a dish found in Zanzibar. But this is staple dish throughout East Africa. Prepared with maize flour and water, this dish resembles a blend of mashed potatoes and polenta.

Nyama Choma

Similar to mshikaki, Nyama Choma is a dish that usually consists of meat (often goat) that is slow-roasted for about an hour on the grill. While you can treat yourself to a familiar cuisine at one of the best restaurants in Zanzibar, make sure to try this incredibly fresh dish during your safaris in Zanzibar.

Chipsi Mayai

Chipsi Mayai means chips and eggs in Swahili. This is a rather popular comfort food among the natives. It can be described as an omelette with French fries; however, the French fries in Zanzibar would look quite different as they are usually peeled afresh and fried until crisp right in front of your eyes.


Mshikaki is quite similar to kebab and it includes skewered meats that are marinated and slowly cooked over coal grills. It emanates such delicious flavours that it draws crowds whenever it is prepared on the streets in Zanzibar. This dish is usually made of lamb, beef, or goat.