A NEW, MODERN AND ECO-CONSCIOUS DEVELOPMENT ON THE WEST COAST OF ZANZIBAR IS TURNING DREAMS OF ISLAND LIFE INTO A REALITY.
Source: JUICE February 2016, Mango Inflight Magazine, Author LYNETTE BOTHA (@Ms_Lyne eB)
Anybody who has ever been on an island holiday will identify with this notion: when you return home, or even during the flight back, and you begin to daydream about what it would be like to live the island life, every single day, and if there is any way that you could make it happen. What work would you do there? Where would you stay? How often would your family be able to visit? The longer you’re back home, the more the dream starts to fade, but not for everyone. There really are people out there who pack it all up and move to an island. The appeal of the slow life is intense, especially if you’ve experienced it first-hand.
While I know this personally, having spent a year living in the Seychelles, I thought it unlikely that I’d ever get the opportunity again. That is, until a recent trip to Zanzibar, when the island bug bit me again – hard. While I enjoy and appreciate the bustle and culture often found in busy cities, my heart and soul are the happiest when I’m surrounded by nature, warm waters, an idyllic climate and coconuts for days. Honestly, what could be better than that?
“MY HEART AND SOUL ARE THE HAPPIEST WHEN I’M SURROUNDED BY NATURE, WARM WATERS, AN IDYLLIC CLIMATE AND COCONUTS FOR DAYS.”
It was during a taxi drive, from Stone Town to Mangapwani Beach, passing fruit stalls and vendors selling their wares, that
I discovered the brochure for Fumba Town in the seat pocket, as if by divine intervention from the universe, acknowledging my desire to lead the island life once more.
This modern development is being built along a stretch of coastline on the west coast of Zanzibar. Nothing like it exists in Zanzibar currently, and it’s set to be the best address on the island,only five kilometres from Zanzibar Airport and less than 20 minutes’ drive from the CBD. On offer: one- and two-bedroom apartments, two to six-bedroom townhouses, as well as the option to be situated right on the beachfront or further back, surrounded by greenery.
Fumba Town plans to be an entire town. A fully operational little municipality, complete with medical centres, schools, of ce space, dining and retail spaces and many recreational areas, all a stone’s throw away from the powder-white sand on the beach. Offering entry-level properties for those looking to take their first step on to the property ladder and more luxurious, modern properties for those who have been in the game a lot longer, Fumba Town is not a development that has only been created to appeal to foreigners, but to the citizens of Zanzibar, too.
Of course, when developing in an area like this, nature conservation is of utmost importance, which is why permaculture specialists were employed to create a holistic ecosystem through the use of sustainable resources, keeping and improving the biodiversity of the region, and ensuring that construction of the town has the least harmful impact on the environment. The construction team behind Fumba Town has also introduced the Prefab House System, a completely new way of building houses in Africa. The houses are built with long-lasting, innovative and renewable materials that are completely adapted to Zanzibar’s climate and environmental conditions.
While a gated estate has never really appealed to me, the fact that Fumba Town is its own little metropolis within Zanzibar is quite something. It offers the best of both worlds: to live on one of Africa’s most beautiful and remote islands, but still have the comforts and luxuries of a modern city.