Updated: Feb 23
Zanzibar is a beautiful tropical island in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Tanzania. It's technically part of Tanzania, but they have their own president and march to their own beat.
I had come back to Africa to see more animals and give a little back to some of the people of Zimbabwe. My second trip to Africa in 2018 started in Dar Es Salaam for one night, before I flew to Zanzibar.
I joined my group and started touring the island of Zanzibar. We stayed at the Al Minar Hotel. It was a really neat hotel, with a delicious breakfast served on the covered rooftop restaurant. The room had air conditioning, which felt good because it was warm and humid outside. Unfortunately I missed breakfast the first day because of jetlag - I slept for 12 hours straight!
We walked to the beach and through Stone Town. The little shops and alleys were interesting and confusing! The water in the Indian Ocean was turquoise and warm. I took a swim before a grilled lobster dinner at a nearby rooftop restaurant. I booked my first ever scuba diving trip with One Ocean for the next day. We took a sundowner trip that evening on a dhow. There were drinks and snacks plus two musicians playing traditional music. The sunset was lovely.
The scuba diving trip exceeded my expectations. I couldn't believe how fast my two 50-minute dives went by. The underwater scenery was absolutely extraordinary. There were huge schools of dozens of kinds of colorful fish and the coral was unbelievable. It rose in huge living columns, with multiple kinds of corals waving around in the surge.
The next day we went to a spice farm, something the island of Zanzibar is famous for. I saw how nutmeg, cinnamon, coffee, lipstick plant, turmeric, and many other spices grow. We continued on to Nungwi, with it's amazing beaches and restaurants.
On our last day, we wandered around Stone Town some more and left for the airport for our flight to Arusha, Tanzania.