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Africa » Tanzania » Zanzibar » Nungwi September 29th 2011

Hey Guys, It’s hard to believe it has already being a month of me traveling. Tonight is my last night in Tanzania, very bitter sweet after the past month. I have being up to quite a lot since my last Blog, here goes the update. I have ventured into Stone town two more times since I last blogged. Stone town is amazing and truthfully a lot more urban compared to the rest of Zanzibar, nice to eat different foods once in awhile. One of the days we went on a spice tour, which is around 20km away from town. How you get to these tours is basically just by asking a taxi driver to take you. Almost every cabbie has some kind of family that works for or lives on a spice farm, so they take ... read more
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Unfufuma Cave
Unfufuma Cave

Africa » Tanzania » Zanzibar » Nungwi September 13th 2011

Mambo Everyone! Hello everyone, Hope you guys are doing well back home. This will be my first Blog entry from my travels on my Around the World trip! So far I have taken 5 flights, a few trains, dala dala’s and taxi’s to get to where I am going. I am now writing from the island of Zanzibar in Tanzania. I have already completed one of my stops on my around the world trip, that stop was England. I did just a quick stop for a few days in London, England. I was very lucky to meet up with my friend Natalie and made a new friend with Jo. Nat and I walked alllll over Downtown London and saw all of the main sights. It was pretty good weather for 2 of the days the third ... read more
Big Ben- London
Olympic countdown

Africa » Tanzania » Zanzibar » Nungwi June 4th 2011

Day 76, “Domingo”, May 15th, thankfully our LAM flight was on schedule to fly to Tanzania. We arrived in Dar es Salam just in time to catch a small plane and arrive in Zanzibar at sunset. We got settled at the Africa House Hotel on the beachfront in historic Stone town. We loved the charm of the hotel that was restored from ruins in an eclectic African and Arabic style that reflects the diversity of Zanzibar. We enjoyed an intimate dinner in the hotel bar before turning in. Day 77, Monday, May 16th, we came to understand why May is low season in Zanzibar. It poured rain most of the day. We dodged the downpour as we explored the narrow streets and museums giving into being soaked but kept warm by the tropical humidity. Zanzibar has ... read more
Sailing Dhow off Mnemba
Stone Town Africa House - View from our window
Exploring the narrow Stone Town streets

Africa » Tanzania » Zanzibar » Nungwi March 5th 2011

The island of Zanzibar hosts many exhausted climbers fresh from the slopes of Kilimanjaro. Well known for its spices, in particular: cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon and pepper. Zanzibar lies 16 miles from the coast of Tanzania, the group of islands were claimed as a colony or protectorate of the Brits for almost a 100 years until 1964, where it became a republic of Tanzania. The capital of Zanzibar is Stonetown which is a World Heritage site. We grabbed a quick flight from the mainland on a twin engine plane that took us briefly over the Indian Ocean. Our midnight arrival into Stonetown gave us few options and we ended up in a humble hostel down an alley. Availability among some of the better hotels on the island was tight but we did find the Dhow Palace which ... read more
waiting for sardines
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Dhow Palace

Africa » Tanzania » Zanzibar » Nungwi March 2nd 2011

Nungwe, Nungwe, Nungwe. What a place? Due to our unfortunate rat situation, we had decided to move on to the next place. I understand that things like this happen and it is okay; it doesn’t make Pajé a bad place, in fact it is a crazy awesome place and I highly suggested it to those interested in kite boarding or kite surfing. It is chill, relaxing, and charming. However, I have to say I highly, highly recommend Nungwe up on the North end of the island. I will not lie for a second when I say it was one of the most beautiful and relaxing places I have ever been, even with a few hasslers here and there. They are much nicer hasslers (ever heard of it is all in the eye of the beholder); now ... read more
Nungwe at Sunset
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Africa » Tanzania » Zanzibar » Nungwi 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 » 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 » Nungwi September 23rd 2010

This morning we went on a walkabout in the old quarter of Stone Town, with photography of the famous doors on Kayla's agenda. Emily joined us. There are some 500 mahogany doors with large brass studs, each a different hand carved design, all of Indian origin. The studs were originally to keep elephants from rubbing against the door. Interesting to note that there have never been elephants on Zanzibar. However that doesn't take away from the beauty of the doors. Although she didn't get photos of all 500, Kayla did take shots of many interesting designs. Stone Town is on the ocean, which provided other sights of interest, including a secondary school for Muslim youth, and a very high end hotel opened by the Aga Khan, with room rates starting at $450 US. We luxuriated on ... read more

Africa » Tanzania » Zanzibar » Nungwi May 10th 2010

May 10th We said our goodbyes to Xuxa, Rachael and Nico in the morning after tea and toast. It was a shame they were going to another part of the island, we had such a good time together and everyone got along well! Oh well, c’est la vie, right? After departing from the Safari Lodge, Justin, Nicio, Wendy, Cameron and I jumped in our taxi to head to the north side of the island and get some beach and snorkel time. The drive took about an hour and a half and it passed by fast. The scenery was great and it was cool to think about what the island was like six hundred years ago. We got dropped off at the Sunset Hotel and Bungalows, and we didn’t need to go any further, this place was ... read more
2-View from the hotel room in Stonetown, pre departure to Nungwi Beach
3-The Last Breakfast...before Rachael, Xuxa and Nico left
4-Our hotel in Stonetown

Africa » Tanzania » Zanzibar » Nungwi February 24th 2010

We were in Tanzania over our birthday week. My birthday is February 18th. Chelly's birthday is February 24th. We spent the week of February 18th to February 24th, 2010 in Tanzania. Tanzania was two countries before 1964, when Tanganyika and the Zanzibar archipelago united to become the United Republic of Tanzania. Zanzibar has a very colorful history. Settled by human beings for 20,000 years, Zanzibar was once said to rule the entire coast of East Africa. The island was in it's "Golden Age" before the colonization by the British, subsequent independence, revolution, and absorption by Tanganyika into the new country "Tanzania". On Zanzibar, they still behave as if it were a separate country, stamping passports, selling visas, setting up military checkpoints, etc. We were there from February 18th to 24th and only took a few pictures. ... read more

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