Situated on the Swahili Coast, adjacent to Tanganyika (mainland Tanzania), lies one of the most beautiful islands in East Africa. Formerly known as a center for spice and slave trading in the 19th century, Zanzibar is much more than a stopping point on an itinerary, it’s 1,020 square miles of pure adventure waiting to be explored.
N U N G W I B E A C H Z A N Z I B A R
Whether you are an avid diver, beach comber, hopeless romantic, shopaholic, love horseback riding, enjoy fine dining or just want to escape and explore new destinations, Zanibar has something for you.
One of the first things you will notice are the countless miles of untouched beaches, romantic, pristine, untouched pieces of paradise waiting to message your feet. Since this island is not a high traffic tourist destination, there are plenty of beautiful seashells to be found in the early mornings, before the locals awake to gather these gems for the market.
Zanzibar hosts many luxury resorts waiting to pamper your every need. While I stayed at several resorts on the island, my favorite is the Sea Cliff Resort situated on the east cost, 25 minutes north of Stone Town. Whether you like horseback riding, golf, sailing, fine dining, the spa or simply relaxing by one of their two infinity pools, Sea Cliff will sooth your senses.
M A T E M W E
Miles of beautiful beaches line the coastline in Matemwe, north Zanaibar on the east coast.
S E A C L I F F R E S O R T
Riding, Sea Cliff Resort, Zanzibar
Equestrian lovers will find pleasure in riding horses across the tropical countryside into emerald green waters.
Private Beach @ Sea Cliff Resort
Enjoy one of the private beaches reserved for guests only.
Nothing like a a couple of beers, a several hour nap and waking to this scenic view. Ahhh Yeah.
D I V E R D O W N
Whether you enjoy snorkeling or deep water diving, Zanzibar offers an array of excursions to meet your needs.
Diving The Royal Navy Lighter shipwreck at 30m, Zanzibar
Exploring artifacts below.
If you love to barter, then the markets of Stone Town are the place for you. The city is a virtual maze of alleyways all lined with merchants eager to sell their goods.
Rooftop shot at 5:30 am atop the Maru Maru Hotel, Stone Town, Zanzibar. Maru Maru means Tile Tile.
The best deals are waiting to be had if your bartering skills are firm. Whether you are looking for coffee, fresh vanilla, fish, antiques, artwork or what ever tickles your fancy, you will find it in the market in Stone Town. Be willing to walk if you do not get the price you want, the merchant will follow you for blocks to seal the deal.
Open air fish market in Stone Town. Some unique smells for sure.
Day Excursions – Prison Island
There are plenty of day excursions to keep you busy. Just a 30 minute boat ride from Stone Town lies a little piece of paradise named Prison Island. This was a former prison, turned tourist attraction that also serves as an animal preserve for the endangered tortoise population.
The snorkeling is spectacular and the waters are pristine. Abundant coral lines the ocean floor, rich with a spectacular variety of tropical fish, star fish and much more.
We passed some locals fishing on our way to Prison Island.
The road to vanilla heaven. Before departing for East Africa I created a bucket list of items I wanted to purchase in each country. Coffee and chocolate were on the list for every country while vanilla was my primary target from both Madagascar and this island of Zanzibar. Below are photos of one journey to a vanilla plantation located in the middle of the island.
Farm Country…getting close.
Young vanilla on the vine.
History of slavery is ever present. This is a former slave cave, over 100 years ago, slaves were stored in these caves after a full day of labor on the spice plantations.
Below: A local spear fishing mid day to feed his family.
The blue Monkey. It does exist.
These kids from a local village want to model for the camera.
Foul weather ahead as the sun begins to set.
Very relaxing evening.