Mohammed Said is a traditional Madawa of fifth generation at Zanzibar, who is even well-known in the Arabian countries due to his extraordinary knowledge about medicinal plants and their medical utilisation. At Zanzibar, he is known as "Mr. Madawa", respectively "the No.1" of traditional healers on the whole island. Further, Mr. Madawa regularly receives foreign patients coming from countries such as the Oman. Said has lots of references of patients who have been successfully treated with his herbal medicines.
Mohammed Said cultivates his plants and herbs in his own garden at Bububu, which is located north of Zanzibar Town. His entire family (which consists of four wives and 38 children) assists in further processes such as drying the herbs and packaging the mixtures, which are going to be sold in a shop at Bububu and Zanzibar Town. There, Mr. Madawa runs his own clinic at which he offers consulting hours as well as stationary treatments. The clinic is fully authorized by the public health authority of Zanzibar and cooperates with the public hospital "Mnazi Mmoja". For numerous health related problems, Madawa knows the right mixture of curing herbal substances.
Besides medication, Madawa's "family-based manufacture“ produces natural soaps, lotions, teas, oils and culinary mixtures, made of e.g. lemongrass, cloves, basil, cinnamon and fennel. Mohammed Said does not only propagate the therapeutic effects but also the preventive usage of plants and spices at the preparation of daily meals and body hygiene.
Mohammed Said wrote down his broad knowledge in a book which is only available in Kiswahili at the moment. As a member of the "African Chamber of Commerce", he feels committed to fair trade with local farmers.
It is possible with the Madawa to:
Take private lessons (also small groups), 2 hours per day, Monday to Friday. During the other hours of the day you can assist him with treatments of patients. This are usually carried out in Swahili language, but Madawa who has a good command of English language can give you explanations.
Maximum Duration: 4 weeks
Language Requirements: English
Location: Bububu (about 10 km, North of Zanzibar Town), Zanzibar
Accommodation: In Zanzibar Town (Shared Accommodation, Host Family, Hotel)
Price: In Tab "Rate"
Option 1: Including accommodation in Shared Accommodation of average standards
2 Persons - 290 € per person (in Double Room; Single Occupancy: + 20 EUR)
1 Person - 140 €
2 Persons 90 € per person (in Double Room; Single Occupancy: + 20 EUR)
Option 2: Including accommodation with of high standards with host family
2 Persons - 370 € per person (in Double Room)
1 Person - 200 €
2 Persons 170 € per person (in Double Room)
Option 3: Including Hotel Accommodation with breakfast
2 Persons - 400 € per person (in Double Room; Single Occupancy + 90 EUR)
1 Person - 340 €
2 Persons 210 € per person (in Double Room; Single Occupancy + 90 EUR)
- Private lessons with Mr. Madawa as described
- Accommodation as booked
- Info-PDF with details about Zanzibar
- Transport from the airport/seaport of Zanzibar and transfer to your accommodation, as well as accompaniment to Madawa on your first day.
Accommodation in Zanzibar Town
Most popular! - This is the preference of most of our participants. You share an apartment with other participants (where you can choose between 4-share dorm room, twin/double room, and single room) or live in a house of average standards with a host family.
Comfort+ - For those with a need for comfort: Accommodation at a hotel or at a house of higher standards with host family.
Adventurer - For simplest and cheapest deals: Homestays of simple standards.
Hotel Accommodation and Accommodation of High Standards with Host Family:
Host Family of simple standards
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