Juan & Alzaane
Juan & Alzaane both adore the outdoors and being in the heart of Africa as much as they love hospitality. The pair met while living and working in Stellenbosch, where Juan was running a fine food delicatessen, restaurant and wine shop and Alzaane was managing a boutique guesthouse. During this time Juan's talk about moving to "real" Africa started to look like an amazing adventure one which they were both ready for! Once they had decided to go it was within the month that they sold abolutely everything and moved to Zanzibar. The adventure has not stopped since then, with the couple heading to Botswana, Malawi and now finally back in Tanzania on the beautiful Fanjove Island.
Abdallah was born in Dar es Salaam and raised in central Tanzania in a town called Singida. In 2006 he started out as a boat captain at the Sea Breeze Marine Centre. During this time, he found himself mesmerized with diving as he watched the divers setting up and disappearing under the water. When they returned with fascinating stories of what they had seen in the ocean he decided that this is what he wanted to do too. Abdallah set his dream in motion and trained to become a qualified diver. With determination he then slowly made his way through the different levels of diving to finally become a qualified divemaster. In 2019 Abdallah joined the Selous Safari Company team as Activities Manager at Fanjove Island. With a keen interest in learning new skills he is also involved in camp administration on the island. He has a deep love for the ocean and has a great understanding of the biodiversity of the different ecosystems in the ocean. When accompanying Abdallah under water you will be guaranteed to learn all about the multitude of different coral species that you will encounter at Fanjove Island.
Abdi Fakhi Sheha
Abdi Fakhi has been head chef on Fanjove Island for 9 years, where he remains an unflappable leader of the kitchen team. Hailing from neighbouring Songosongo Island, Abdi produces colourful, fusion cuisine with dishes inspired by the multi-cultural backdrop of the Swahili Coast. A master of seafood, Abdi says his favourite dish is Trevally Masala, which is layered with aromatic local spices. When Abdi is at home, he says he likes to take the opportunity to set aside the pots and pans and let his wife cook! The Fanjove kitchen team work hard to improve their spoken English, and have even hung a sign in the kitchen saying “No English, no service!” as a testimony of their determination.
Nasri joined the Fanjove Team 6 years ago, and is well known among the team and guests for his gentle and kind manner. Nasri is an excellent communicator and after schooling in Songosongo where he excelled in English, he joined the team as a waiter at Fanjove for his first job. Nasri loves making cocktails for guests, and considers the Dawa (meaning 'Medicine' in Swahili) to be his signature drink. Nasri has a knack of knowing what guests need before they know it themselves, and can be found greeting guests returning from a snorkelling session with water and cold towels or climbing the lighthouse to hand deliver snacks and sun-downers. When Nasri is at home he loves to cook for his wife and his daughter Nadia, whom he is teaching to speak English.