Zanzibar, Tanzania 2018
Why visit Zanzibar and Dar es Salaam?
I wanted to have an enjoyable holiday and source African textiles.
Interesting places to visit, availability of textiles, cost, weather, length of flights, and VISA requirements were all taken into consideration when choosing a destination.
I was very happy with my decision; textiles were sourced, interesting places visited, and many photos taken.
I stayed 5 nights in Stone Town at The Seyyida Hotel and Spa.
Zanzibar's Stone Town was designated a "World Heritage Sire" by UNESCO in 2000. There are over 1000 coral "stone" buildings having architectural significance and more than 200 carved doors.
Over the centuries, Zanzibar has been visited and occupied by explorers, traders and settlers. Persians, Arabs, Indians and Europeans have all had their time, and left their impression. One of the most exciting things about Zanzibar its collection of cultures. You will see it in the people, cuisine, clothing and architecture.
All images in the first section below were taken around Stone Town.
Nakupenda Sunset Dhow Cruise from Stone Town. Great entertainment, food and drinks.
I took a taxi from Stown Town to the southern tip of Zanzibar and up the east coast to the iconic The Rock restaurant.
While in Zanzibar of course you have to do a Spice Tour. Zanzibar was once famous for it spice trading but now spices are mostly grown as a tourist attraction. Interesting to see the actual plants. Enjoyed a very simple but beautiful lunch served on the floor in a village home - spiced okra curry and ugali (maize flour) the most common staple dish in East Africa.
Nakupenda Prison Island and Sandbank tour. A most enjoyable dhow cruise to islands just off coast of Stone Town. The prison is now a private hotel and turtle sanctuary. The tiny but delightful Pange Island was where we had a beautiful Swahili cuisine buffet lunch and went snorkelling.
Three nights at Amaan Bungalows in Nungwi at northern tip of Zanzibar. A quaint village and beautiful beaches even when the tide is out. Many resorts and lots of tourists considering it was not peak season. Particularly popular with Italian tourists and Maasai men. Loved the "Zanzibar Street Food" restaurant at Amaan Bungalows. Enjoyed another sunset dhow cruise.