I had the honor and pleasure of joining the Ambassador’s safari group for their one-day visit to Zanzibar on July 2. In the photo below, the group is waiting in the VIP airport lounge after arriving at the Zanzibar airport. When you travel with diplomats you get VIP service  🙂

In the following photo I’m relaxing with Ambassador Maajar at the Zanzibar Serena hotel. Powering Potential’s budget does not allow for me to stay at such fancy hotels but a Tanzanian/American member of the group who is very appreciative of Powering Potential’s work offered to pay for my room so that I could stay with the group and the hotel helped out by offering the lower resident’s rate.

Below is the scene being prepared for our dinner at the hotel with Second Vice-President (Zanzibar) Ambassador Seif Ali Iddi and Ministers of Zanzibar. Although Zanzibar is part of Tanzania, they have their own Ministries. It’s a unique political arrangement between mainland Tanzania and Zanzibar. Zanzibar is magical.

The safari group with Ambassador Maajar, Second Vice-President Ambassador Seif Ali Iddi and his wife, and other dignitaries. I’m seated on the right side. On the left side is a member of the Taarab musical group who serenaded us during dinner.