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Africa » Tanzania » Zanzibar » Nungwi September 20th 2018

A cheetah chewed my hair!! I felt his teeth on my skull and there's cheetah slobber in my hair - I'll never wash it again! I also hand-fed a lion, bottle-fed a baby vervet monkey and been in an enclosure wth a young white lion. This wasn't some tourist trap wth drugged and mistreated animals (before you worry), this was Cheetah Rock in Zanzibar, for rescued and injured wild animals. Full of awful stories about each animal's past and near extinction, but with some hope plus the chance to get near wild animals, just use your common sense (that was a problem for most) and our tourist money pays to keep it going. * please note that as we could only take one camera into the cat enclosures, I took my Nikon and left my phone, ... read more
Jenny and Chaka
Glyn and Doris the colobus monkey
glyn and lemur

Africa » Tanzania » Zanzibar » Nungwi September 10th 2018

From Zanzibar city we bus it to the very north of the island to Nungwi. This is a good beach area and has several dive schools - I have arranged for us to do a couple of days diving with Spanish Dancers dive centre and we have a room only a hundred metres away so it’s all very convenient and a good place to relax for a few days. The diving is a little mixed. The first day we dive off the west coast near to Nungwi and though the fish life is good the visibility is only about 10m – so it’s a little disappointing. The 2nd day we go to Mnemba Atoll, on the east coast and a 40min speedboat ride away and have a superb couple of dives, excellent vis and great diversity ... read more

Africa » Tanzania » Zanzibar » Nungwi February 18th 2018

We travelled by taxi to the north tip of Zanzibar - an area known as Nungwi. This is a section of Zanzibar known for its fantastic beaches and expensive hotels. Places such as the Coco Cabana and the 'Z' charge anywhere from $400 to $550 a night. We are coming to the end of the tourist season in February - the rains arrive in March - so weekend rates run from $1500 to $1700 for three nights!! Monica and I had booked eight nights in a guest house resort called Makofi's. We were paying $216 for eight nights - or $27 a night. Obviously, we were not expecting much for the price, however we were pleasantly surprised. Makofi's is located only minutes from the beach, about a hundred yards down an alley. It has a large ... read more
Endless beach - bluest water
turtle attack
beach bar in Nungwi

Africa » Tanzania » Zanzibar » Nungwi December 1st 2017

Our next stop was Zanzibar, the spice island. After clearing customs and immigration once again we started our visit with a tour of stone town. Stone town is laced with so much history - old forts, ancient buildings and even a slave market. I was surprised by how much history was remaining, especially compared to many other places we've been where the history is lost to modernization. Stone town is also a predominantly Muslim area, dating back to the days of trade with Arab traders. This means the city is bathed with the call to prayer, a sound I quite enjoy hearing. This does also mean that tourists should cover up out of respect, which some clearly had no consideration for! The tour ended with some shopping in the local craft shops, followed by sunset cocktails ... read more
Local fruit market in stone town

Africa » Tanzania » Zanzibar » Nungwi September 2nd 2017

The next day was spent mainly on the bus with a long drive to the Tanzanian boarder. We kept ourselves entertained with games such as charades and singing along to music on mass. We even managed to watch some of the new game of thrones! Once at the border we got our visas and headed to camp. We got to camp really late and the light had already gone as we pitched the tents and cooked dinner. We would be up early the next day so we were keen to get dinner and go to bed. In a tired stupor I sat down on a bench next to a few of the guys with my food and as I did the whole bench collapsed onto us!! I ended up with spaghetti bolognese all in my lap ... read more

Africa » Tanzania » Zanzibar » Nungwi February 28th 2016

THE ISLAND.Located in the east of Africa, is a semi autonomous part of Tanzania. The official language is Swahili and locals practice Islam. The flight from Dubai via flydubai is approximately 7 hours and 50 minutes with an hour lay over at Dar Es-Salaam, the capital city. Our round trip fare was 2,200 AED per person (including our additional check in luggage for the diving equipments and personal seating option), however during off season, the airfare is about 1,200 AED. From the airport, we were picked up by our hotel's service which costs $60 per car, one way. The drive to Nungwi, where our hotel, The Z Hotel is located, is at northern part of Zanzibar, which is approximately 1 hour 30 minutes drive. The ride was smooth and because its already late, there was no ... read more

Africa » Tanzania » Zanzibar » Nungwi December 20th 2015

We took the ATC vehicle to a ferry that was pretty much a floating bridge and had a hot 20 minute ride across a bay. Then we took a bus to another ferry which would bring us to Zanzibar where we took another bus to get to our hostel. All in all it took about 4 hours but we arrived with time to put our bags down before starting a spice tour. Oh man! This tour was right up my alley. I enjoyed the heck out of it. I went on a similar tour in Grenada and this one seemed a little more comprehensive. They had sooooo many different kinds of spices. And we got to try them all straight from the plant!!! Our guide for the tour was hilarious too. He had some sort of ... read more
This was probably the funniest tour guide ive ever seen :D
climb a tree...receive bacon?
everything smelled soooo goooood

Africa » Tanzania » Zanzibar » Nungwi November 5th 2015

Day 14 (Nov 13) Zanzibar l - We woke up for early breakfast. Turns out 3 girls from another group hiking the same route as us were also at the hotel. One girl apparently was having hallucinations up high and another had oxygen levels well below normal even at base camp. So I guess we fared pretty well. We reluctantly caught our 30 minute transfer very early around 8am for our 11:30 flight. And a good thing we did, as our flight got pushed up 1.5hrs w/o us being notified. We made it just in time to check in and board. We showed up early to Zanzibar, but thankfully a worker showed up within 20 minutes to order us a new driver so we didn't have to wait over an hour. Although I find out later ... read more
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Africa » Tanzania » Zanzibar » Nungwi April 14th 2015

Where do ants come from? I don’t mean in evolutionary terms. I mean when you put down a piece of bread, or a slice of fruit, or even drop a grain of sugar, where do the hundreds of ants appear from in a matter of seconds? One second there is a crumb on the counter; in the blink of eye the crumb has innumerable tiny shiny bodies swarming and wriggling around it. Is there some sort of signal sent off that suddenly calls into existence an extra hundred ants per crumb, or do they all lurk in invisible corners just waiting their whole lives for the sound of cling film being lifted from the plate, or the lid of the sugar separating from the pot? Everyone knows that if you leave food around, ants will appear ... read more

Africa » Tanzania » Zanzibar » Nungwi April 13th 2015

Written on the chalkboards outside the restaurants in the village are phrases such as ‘Lovely jubbly’ and ‘Oki doki’, and most declare the presence of ‘PIZZA’ and ‘PASTA’ bigger and louder than traditional Swahili dishes. Perhaps I am being cynical, but the message this sends to me is a slightly desperate attempt at attracting tourists who want to come to Africa but stay as European or American as possible. I’m not one of those pretentious people who claims to know everything about Tanzanian culture from the moment I step off the plane, looking down on tourists as inferior, but there is something wrong about eating a plate of spaghetti bolognaise and watching ‘The Cube’ whilst behind you Masai stroll along the beach. One particularly fancy hotel in the area (which shall remain anonymous) tried and failed ... read more

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