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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 November 14th 2013

Some place names seem as though they were coined to evoke exotic imagery as much as a person's imagination can stretch. Think Honolulu, Bora Bora, Tahiti and Marrakesh, and you probably have a clear idea of what I am referring to. Zanzibar, by my reckoning, slots firmly into this category, and the 'spice island', located just off the coast of Tanzania is a mere short ferry ride, or an even shorter plane trip from Dar Es Salaam, and it is likely that a visitor's very first port of call will be the island's capital city of Stone Town. Resort towns on Zanzibar abound, and you can pretty much assume that they line the coast roughly stretching from the north-west to the south-east of the isl... read more
Beach life (Nungwi; Zanzibar)
Marine life (Nungwi; Zanzibar)
Seeing the wood for the trees (Jozani forest; Zanzibar)

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 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

Africa » Tanzania » Zanzibar » Nungwi August 12th 2012

We got up for breakfast in the hotel before meeting our snorkel group – the boat was sooo rickety and stated it had a maximum of 25 people. Regardless, we counted 38 people plus four crew on our boat – we went so slowly. We watched all the other boats passing us. Africa again!!! We got to the snorkelling area two hours later and loved the experience. We seen lots of different fish and they all swam really close to us. All too soon, it was time to head back, stopping off at a different beach for lunch of rice, fish and bananas, basic but still nice. After our snorkelling trip we spent time at the restaurant with the rest of our group and went out for dinner to say goodbye to some of the members ... read more

Africa » Tanzania » Zanzibar » Nungwi August 11th 2012

This morning we did a history tour of Stone Town, learning about the slave trade in particular. Lots of men were taken from Zanzibar as slaves to middle eastern countries. We seen the dungeons where they were kept for up to three days without food or water, just to test the strength of the man. The dungeons were not big at all, yet they would cram 70 men into one and 50 into the other. We also learnt about Dr Livingstone who is credited with helping to finally abolish the slave trade, there had been people before who had tried to achieve this but it was his negotiations with scholars at Oxford and Cambridge that ruled that the slave trade must be stopped. After our history tour, it was time to head north towards Nungwi which ... read more

Africa » Tanzania » Zanzibar » Nungwi December 31st 2011

After amazing time in Stone Town we headed to one of the nicest beaches in Zanzibar – Nungwi beach. On the way to Nungwi we passed many different villages and the locals were admiring us in the same way like we admired them. The road was quite good and calm to Nungwi compared what we are used to but actually we were expecting something different when we finally arrived to the beach resort. The car stopped on a super bad road and the surrounding invite us for a view that we didn’t expect for a resort area – many sheds which hasn’t be renovated for many years and still under constructor, the grass was uncut and the chickens walked around our tiny huts. But in the grass hats were quite clean and comfortable compare what we ... read more
Got a catch
The locals
Time is money

Africa » Tanzania » Zanzibar » Nungwi October 23rd 2011

Hi folks. Just a quick update from the stunning island of Zanzibar. Clear blue seas and sunshine. Possibly my favourite beaches ever. Anyway, we have been travelling down from nairobi overland. Can't quite believe how many different kinds of scenery there have been. First we travelled down to arusha in Tanznia. By the sounds of it, a good time to get out of Kenya following the troubles with Somalia. We went on safari to the Ngoro Goro crater; a caldera with its own ecosystem. Then we went to the serengetti and saw the big five in one day. Inlcuding lions in trees and leapard cubs. Unfortunatley wrong time for the wilderbeast migration. Can't really complain. We then travelled down through dar es salaam to the ferry and then accross to Zanzibar. For anyone thinking about it, ... read more

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