Blogs from Zanzibar, Tanzania, Africa - page 11


Africa » Tanzania » Zanzibar » Zanzibar City December 29th 2010

Zanzibar has only one airport, so no risk of going to the wrong airport this time. The flight to Mombasa was on a bigger plane than the one from Arusha to Zanzibar. It is such a joy to walk on a tarmac and up a stair case to get to a plane. It feels like real travel. In cold Canada it certainly makes sense to protect the passengers from the dangerous elements outside. But jetways don't give the same feeling of journey as walking on a tarmac and up a flight of airplane stairs. Of course, we have the luxury of saying this while we're young. When we're older and feebler, we'd probably be asking for jetways in place of staircases. Another small reason why we're trying to do as much travelling at this age before ... read more
Zanzibar Airport Tarmac
Zanzibar Airport tarmac

Africa » Tanzania » Zanzibar » Bwejuu December 26th 2010

We were looking for an non-package tour type beach and Bwejuu beach fit. E.. found it by using Google maps and Google earth to look for nice beaches without large hotels anywhere nearby. Most of the large package tour groups end up on the northern tip of Zanzibar, and Bwejuu beach is on the east cost about half way down the island. It is an hour's drive from Stone Town and the airport. We were surprised by the tidal influence. During low tide, there is no water. Just mud puddles all the way to the reef. During high tide, the swimming is wonderful, since the reef stops the big breakers. So, this was our rendition of a white Christmas - hot white sand beaches instead of freezing white snow. The beach had several small cabin style ... read more
W.. on Bwejuu beach
Bwejuu beach
Bwejuu beach

Africa » Tanzania » Zanzibar » Zanzibar City December 25th 2010

Jambo! We are currently in Zanzibar. We have been here since Tuesday morning. This is the island that musa was born on and grew up on. He was able to meet some of his old childhood friends and alot of people that his parents are friends with and he grew up knowing. We saw the hospital he was born in, the school he went to, the old house he lived in, and the shop where his dad's and uncles stores use to be. We also saw the house his uncle and aunt use to live in. He was very excited to see all the streets he use to walk down and all the places he use to go as a kid. The ferry ride across the Indian ocean was 2 hours long and I got burnt ... read more

Africa » Tanzania » Zanzibar December 25th 2010

Volendo essere precisi, i primi visitatori che si stabilirono su quest' isola non furono degli arabi, bensi' persiani, provenienti dalla lontana citta' di Shiraz; questo avveniva attorno al XII secolo, molto prima che i veri arabi, questa volta provenienti dall' Oman, si sostituissero ai dominatori dell' epoca, i portoghesi, che, sulla rotta verso Goa, stabilirono qui uno dei loro numerosi insediamenti commerciali. Dopo di loro arrivarono gli inglesi, che abolirono il fiorente commercio degli schiavi, sottomisero il sultano e trasferirono qui migliaia di lavoratori dall' India. Quando anche il colonialismo venne abolito, l' isola di Zanzibar ritorno' nelle mani del sultano, ma solo per pochi anni, fino alla rivoluzione del 1964 che ne porto' all' unione con il Tanganyka, a formare l' odierna Tanzania. Di piu' non ne so, dato che il Museo Nazionele di Dar ... read more
Il mio hotel a Stone Town
La spiaggia di Nungwi
Il miglior posto per un buon caffe'!

Africa » Tanzania » Zanzibar » Zanzibar City December 25th 2010

We booked tickets from Arusha to Zanzibar online on an airline named We'd never heard of this airline before, but the online comments seemed positive. It certainly beat travelling for ten hours on a rough road. The flight was at 13:30 and we were told to be there 2 hours earlier which made it 11:30 and the taxi driver said it takes an hour to drive to the airport, so we left the Outpost Lodge at 10:30. The driver asked if we were heading to the Arusha airport and N.. confirmed that we were going to the Kili airport which is an hour away. There is an Arusha airport just outside of town, and is for small prop planes that fly small groups to the Safari parks. We had passed this airport on our way ... read more
E.. and W.. at Arusha airport tarmac
Pilot on Flight deck
Zanzibar aerial view


Africa » Tanzania » Zanzibar » Zanzibar City December 25th 2010

Zanzibar is a beautiful island with an ugly history. Stone town or Zanzibar town was fought over many times, but was primarily under the control of the Sultan of Oman who wrestled control and maintained it by moving his administrative offices from Muscat to Zanzibar. The ugly history has to do with Slavery. Hundreds of thousands of slaves were hauled in from the African mainland and kept here before they were shipped off to Arabia or the Americas. We visited the site of the old Slave market, which is now an Anglican church. The slaves used to be held in horrible conditions in the dungeons of what is now the church. Later on, the British banned slavery but this was not necessarily for altruistic purposes. Slavery was the source of much of Zanzibar's wealth and power, ... read more
Old Slave Market in Stone Town
Stone Town Architecture
Narrow streets of old Stone Town

Africa » Tanzania » Zanzibar » Zanzibar City October 29th 2010

EXOTIC ZANZIBAR Zanzibar is a group of islands in the Indian Ocean close to the coast of mainland Tanzania. It has endless silver sand beaches, calm blue seas, historic architecture, friendly people, a past associated with wealth, greed and cruelty and many tales of Sultans, princes and princesses. Island of Sultans, forts and palaces: Zanzibar has been influenced by African, Persian, Portuguese, Arabic, Indian and British cultures. It has been inhabited for around 2,000 years. The Persians who were the first outsiders to visit the islands had built Zoroastrian fire temples here. The Portuguese had built the fort and ruled from Zanzibar from around 1498. The fort is an open air art gallery today and holds the Zanzibar Film Festival. Wh... read more

Africa » Tanzania » Zanzibar October 24th 2010

Today was supposed to be a pool day at Mtoni Marine, my resort on Zanzibar’s west coast. But because it keeps raining on and off, I am instead sitting in the open-air sports bar called Mcheza Bar, watching soccer, listening to a mixture of Coolio rap songs and bad disco music, and watching an orange cat (one of several inhabiting the resort) wonder around looking for food. Every once in a while a mule will walk by on the beach a few steps down. I just had a pineapple and avocado pizza, which was delicious, along with a coke. I’m not sure why, but there is a shortage of Coke Light (diet Coke), so I have been drinking the real thing. I arrived Friday evening, after a 20-minute ride in a 12-seater plane. I had the ... read more

Africa » Tanzania » Zanzibar » Nungwi October 20th 2010

Hi all/few, It’s been a while that I have been unable to update the blog. We left Rwanda and rolled onto Tanzania. We followed the southern shore of lake Victoria to the Serengeti/Ngorongo parks where we saw some incredible scenery and wildlife before stopping over in Arusha on the foot of Mt. Meru and Kilimanjaro (sadly there were clouds so we did not get to see anything at all) change truck. I had decided at that point to stay extra days in Zanzibar and wait for the next truck coming down this way. I will look forward meeting a new group and do the next leg of the journey and meet extra people even if I feel sad having waved goodbye to some great characters. So I am now on my own in Nungwi on the ... read more

Africa » Tanzania » Zanzibar » Zanzibar City October 14th 2010

What a different crossing a border makes, from the moment I crossed from into Tanzania from Malawi I seemed to get hassled, I had a few really bad days and just wanted to get on the first flight home. I will not bore everyone with the details except to say that a white person is seen as a meal ticket and everyone seemed to want to rip me off. I traveled to Mbeya, then on to Dar es Salaam I disliked both places, so headed to Zanzibar as quickly as I could, I had heard positive things about it and it was one place I had always wanted to visit. The very name of Zanzibar puts the imagination into overdrive. It is also know as the spice islands, and was once the center of the slave ... read more

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