Tiki, orphaned early on in life by the busy guns of the greatest slave trader of all time, Tippo Tip, decided in his wisdom that Harry was to be his new master. As a young boy, he spent his days waiting patiently on the stone harbor walls in Zanzibar for Harry’s return from is latest hunting expedition, hoping he would be called upon to offload the large haul of ivory.
Days lead to years and Tiki finally realised that in order to find his new family he would have to tug on Emily’s heartstrings. He left the harbour’s walls and began patiently carrying her cameras and art materials around the exotic Tanzanian island, very rarely leaving her side.
After their heady love affair, mostly occurring on the balcony of Emmerson’s, and in the alleyways of Stone Town, Harry decided to take Emily on his next safari deep into the rich elephant grounds of the Rafiki Delta.
Having no intention of leaving Emily’s side Tiki stowed away deep in the hold of Harry’s massive dhow only to be discovered too far into the voyage, and far to late to turn around.
Luckily, Fari’s paternal instinct kicked in and he took Tiki under his wing. Not long after this stowaway, Tiki become a vital part of the hunting party and Harry’s gun bearer, eventually becoming one of the greatest trackers this continent has ever seen.
Fari made the long journey down from Betuanaland, after his father was killed by a hippopotamus on the banks of the Zambezi River and his mother ran off with a Arab slave trader to forge a life in the sultan’s kitchens on the island of Zanzibar. Following in her footsteps, Fari found a job as a scullery boy at the legendary Umtali Grand Hotel and finally worked his way to becoming head chef.
It was here where Harry’s chance encounter with Fari materialised. Harry had just returned from hunting the rare mountain Nyla in the cold and misty Vumba Mountains. Wet and tired, Harry sought comfort and ordered the Special of the Day – steak and kidney pie.
When the dish arrived at his table, the crispy pastry hung like a suspension bridge over the bubbling stew, supported in the middle by a glass jam jar. Harry knew at once that finding the source of this extraordinary meal was imperative, and that no safari would ever be the same again, no matter how long or hard the day, and so Harry met Fari.
Tiki and Fari’s room displays a beautiful collection of African artefacts, family photos and rare tribal textiles found on their adventures.