Blogs from Nungwi, Zanzibar, Tanzania, Africa


Africa » Tanzania » Zanzibar » Nungwi March 4th 2015

My dad remains convinced that I am living on Azkaban. This makes me slightly sad for two reasons. Firstly, that my dad readily attributes criminal tendencies to me. Secondly, it reminds me that at the ripe old age of 23, I have yet to receive my Hogwarts letter and therefore should resign myself to the life of a muggle. It’s not all bad though. I’m a week into life on Zanzibar, and, though there isn’t a Dementor in sight, there is plenty of magic. White sands, blue skies, turquoise sea... cliched but true. Speaking of the sea, my 89-year old grandfather has, as usual, conducted his meticulous research into my destination, and is worried about pirates. (My mum hastens to add that he is worried about pirates in Zanzibar, not the small Worcestershire town in which ... read more
Classic Zanzibari Pimms

Africa » Tanzania » Zanzibar » Nungwi February 3rd 2015

Like a true Brit, I shall limit my current comments to the weather. Africa is hot. No surprises there. However, it is coming up to rainy season, and is therefore very windy. This brings me to a dilemma: do I stay inside, wearing long floaty skirts and keeping my hairstyle intact but bake in my own skin, or do I find a shady outside corner and let my hair blow itself into a tangled frizzy knot (despite the presence of hundreds of desperate kirby grips)? I generally choose the latter, letting the cool wind brush over me, keeping my core body temperature at safe levels. I use approximately a pint of conditioner every evening, but it is worth it for keeping my internal organs from melting. I also choose the shade because until recently I was ... read more
Birthday walk along Nungwi beach
View from the 'office'

Africa » Tanzania » Zanzibar » Nungwi June 30th 2014

Total Distance Travelled Today: 15km (by boat... and taxi) Elapsed Travel Time: 5 hours, 41 min (including mike's diving) Lodging for the Night: Amaan Bungalows (hotel) This morning we slept in until 8am and had breakfast at the hotel's restaurant, which overlooks the ocean. At 10, Mike left to go diving and Elysia hung out at the beach and the hotel, enjoying some R&R. Mike did two dives with three other people from our trip. There were also a couple of other divers on the boat. The dive boat was a traditional wooden boat with storage for the tanks along the centreline. It made it tricky to move around the boat but it was a neat way to go diving. The first dive was at Hunga reef, about 20-30 minutes from the beach. The second dive ... read more
Off go the divers
Beau, Holland, and Mike heading out on the dive boat
Underwater scenery

Africa » Tanzania » Zanzibar » Nungwi June 29th 2014

Total Distance Travelled Today: 147 km (including ferry, transfer to the hotel on Zanzibar) Elapsed Travel Time: 7 hours 3 mins (total) Lodging for the Night: Amaan Bungalows (hotel!) This morning was a sleep-in day, well relatively speaking. We were supposed to leave at 7 (much later than the past few days), so we had planned to get up at 5:45 (we're usually the first awake but the last ready. It takes us a long time to get ready, pack our stuff up and take down the tent, and Elysia is pretty slow in the morning especially since she likes to shower). Unfortunately we were woken up numerous times prior to 5:45- there were at least two call to prayers from the mosque that seems to be right behind our campsite (we heard them chanting and ... read more
The guard at the gate, keeping us safe
Good thing we didn't venture outside camp
Our transportation to the ferry

Africa » Tanzania » Zanzibar » Nungwi June 28th 2014

Episode 2: Dazzling Zanzibar. June 28, 2014. Hello to all, We have just spent an excellent five days on the African island of Zanzibar. Highly recommended if you are ever in this part of the world. Although most people have heard of Zanzibar, most would have trouble finding it on a map. It is part of Tanzania, about 2 hours by ferry from Dar es Salaam. It is well known for a few reasons: it was a major hub for the slave and spice trades of yesteryear, it has a wonderful old historic Muslim quarter called Stone Town, and it has sublime white sand beaches with aquamarine water (some of the best beach scenery we have ever seen, as it turned out). We caught the ferry across to the island, befriending a German girl and Italian ... read more

Africa » Tanzania » Zanzibar » Nungwi February 3rd 2014

Even though my Swahili is atrocious Tanzania has taught me the words: Karibu and asanti, welcome and it's my pleasure, respectively. These people have class and style! The Maasai of this region are even taller, darker and more handsome...I didn't think it possible! My love affair with Tanzania began at the border, what a beaming smiling immigration officer...Karibu Tanzania seestah! My people my people! The entire country industrious and producing it would seem...little roadside cafés, Colorful art and signage everywhere, the women like brilliant butterflies. The artistic flair of the people evident everywhere I look...the dark red mud huts built just so... The thatch perfect in thickness, texture and design. The way a scarf billows in the wind, the tone on tone or gentle ombré of everyday items...this country is rich beyond compare! The people it's ... read more
Unforgiving land
Sense of humor!
Zanzibar dhows

Africa » Tanzania » Zanzibar » Nungwi August 29th 2013

My arrival in Nungwei coincided with an enormous Full Moon Party. Due to misplaced nostalgia for my Thailand beach backpacker days, I decided to check it out. Mistake. The music ranged from terrible to appalling. The crowd was a weird mix of backpackers, locals and NGO types who reckoned they were too cool to be there but still came anyway. It was all confined to one resort, forcing you to buy a pre-paid plastic card to get drinks... or smuggle in your own booze. This is how I discovered Konyagi. Konyagi is like the bastard child of Gin and Vodka. You can buy it in SACHETS. I love Konyagi, but Konyagi does not love me. That night I made friends with various interesting characters, including some implausibly beautiful French Canadian girls, my ex-housemate’s little sister, and ... read more
Rasta bar
Evening meal

Africa » Tanzania » Zanzibar » Nungwi March 13th 2013

Days 30-37: White sands and snorkelling in Zanzibar, African slave trade history, game driving in the Serengeti and the surreal Ngorongoro Crater Jambo everyone, Apologies again for those who have been waiting for the next post we know it’s been awhile… T.I.A. Rocking up to our accommodation in Zanzibar in our van with little to no expectations we strolled into what you could only describe as paradise. The whiteness and softness of the sand was stunning, not to mention the breathtakingly turquoise colour of the sparkling water in which little local boats floated close to the shore. The sun was shining strongly (Simon keeps questioning whether the sun is really this hot in Australia- the answer that I’m sure his mum Chris would agree with at the moment, is yes). We enjoyed a lovely ... read more

Africa » Tanzania » Zanzibar » Nungwi October 13th 2012

GREEDY TRAFFIC COPS HARMING ZANZIBAREAN ECONOMY! In Africa we take graft or bribes for granted. It’s an everyday thing that people just accept- It sometimes helps get things done... but other times... people just become plain greedy. My experience of the level of greed reached a NEW low when I realized how BAD the problem is in Zanzibar. It’s chasing away potential investors and harming the good image of this island. In my opinion these cops are a threat to the economy. What has generally been accepted as “normal behavior” has reached epidemic proportions on the roads of Zanzibar... traffic cops are no longer people interested in keeping the peace and protecting tourists and travelers on the road... they are becoming the PROBLEM... indeed they have be... read more
bumpy roads lead to flat tires...
frik liked the island but not the corruption...

Africa » Tanzania » Zanzibar » Nungwi August 12th 2012

Today Chris and I went in search of the internet café, this resulted in quite a long walk exploring the area but no internet was found. We ended up using the internet café next to the resort which was REALLY slow and we didn’t’ get to do much apart from reading some emails. We also spent time on the beach, read some, relaxed a bit and ate lunch. For dinner, we decided to splash out and head to one of the nicer restaurants that we had seen. Dinner came to less than £20 but for us that was a treat. We both had the fisherman’s baskets which was lobster, prawns, fish and calamari – very nice! We then went and sat around the campfire with some of the group before heading to bed.... read more

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