A game of Bao

A game of Bao

Shu Yeung , September 2012

Zanzibar Men play a game of 'Bao' (Swahili for 'board') on the streets of Stone Town. Bao is a complex 'count-and-capture' game where each player aims to be the first to get rid of their seeds in their inner row. While this is the ultimate goal, variations to the rules exist throughout Tanzania. We were warned by a merchant that this was a very popular game and was highly addictive.