ZANZIBAR, Pearl of the Indian Ocean
Romantic and Wild Travel at the same time......
Located across the Tanzanian coast at the capital of Dar Es Salaam, Zanzibar welcomes us after a two-hour ferry ride, a journey rich in colors and flavors for a 10-day immersion.
Arriving on the most beautiful beach of the island in Nungwi, we discover our hotel in Nungwi with its local architecture made of pandanus roofs and small bungalows immersed in a lush garden. The turquoise color of the water and the white sand start to captivate us while sitting at the bar of the hotel we sip the traditional cocktail Dawa, facing the sea to watch the beautiful sunset.
The week can sometimes languorously, in the sun and lulled by the surf of the ocean, sometimes adventurously, to discover a tropical farm, the spice market, scuba diving or ballad on the corals, or sometimes culturally in search of the history of the Slave Counter in the historic town of Stone Town.
But in front of so much beauty we can not remain insensitive to the local population. That is why during each of our trips we carry out a "humanitarian" action targeted towards a school, a dispensary or a structure requiring assistance. The Zanzibari population is young and structured aid projects will provide them with the fulfilment and well-being they need for the development of their country.
Our trip will take you to an exceptional natural space far from the beaten path of mass tourism where you will find yourself in full harmony with the magic of Africa.
Unguja, also known as Zanzibar Island, is the main island of the Zanzibar archipelago in Tanzania. Stone Town, a district of Zanzibar City, is an old trading center with mosques and winding alleyways. The House of Wonders, dating back to 1883, is a former Sultan's palace with a clock tower. The Old Fort today houses a cultural center and a stone amphitheater. The underground aqueducts supplied hot water to the Persian baths of Hamamni at the end of the 19th century.
The only name of Zanzibar is dreaming.
It is the meeting point between the Arab world and Africa. Visit the old stone town Stone Town once administered by the Sultans.
The traveler dreaming of romance and mystery will not be disappointed by the reality and will live an unforgettable experience. Zanzibar, including the main island of Unguja, and its sister island, Pemba, has attracted sailors and adventurers from around the world for centuries. Now she welcomes a new generation of explorers coming to marvel at her rich architectural and cultural heritage. Enjoy one of the 25 white, palm-fringed beaches where the azure waters of the Indian Ocean attract swimmers, divers, fishermen and water sports enthusiasts. You will understand why Zanzibar is called the Isle of Spices by breathing the scents of cloves, vanilla, cardamom and nutmeg. An exploration of the forests will allow you to discover their particular flora and fauna. You will also schedule a tour of the archaeological sites.
A CROUSET OF CULTURES
The colorful history of Zanzibar is a saga of travelers and traders, explorers and colonizers. Sumerians, Assyrians, Egyptians, Malaysians, Phoenicians, Indians, Chinese, Persians, Portuguese, Dutch and English, have left a cultural legacy. It is from here that the great European explorers, Burton, Speke, Living Stone and Stanley, set out to discover the African continent.
Zanzibar is an archipelago of the Indian Ocean and the most famous of the islands off Tanzania. Zanzibar is also the name of the most important city of the archipelago, the commercial center and the administrative capital. Recently popularized destination, Zanzibar is still an archipelago preserved and very welcoming. Idyllic landscapes, beaches as far as the eye can see, blue, still blue, these are the islands of Zanzibar. The Zanzibar Islands are low and offer a 360 degree panorama of the Indian Ocean. Tourist accommodations are numerous, from guest houses to luxurious palaces. You will enjoy every village and every restaurant with fish, sea cicadas, lobsters and exotic fruits. Boat trips, fishing and diving are the most popular water activities on the islands of Zanzibar.
A very popular activity in the crystal clear waters of Zanzibar Island is undoubtedly snorkeling. Unlike conventional underwater dives, you must stay on the surface of the water and breathe only by the snorkel. This allows you to get a closer view of the seabed and to see the many fish that inhabit these waters. The recommended areas for all snorkelers are the two small islands of Snake Island and Grave Island, located across the west coast of Zanzibar. But do not forget the famous Changu Island, famous for its wonderful giant tortoises, and the busy Nungwi area in the northern part of Zanzibar Island.
Located in the northern part of Zanzibar, Nungwi is considered by most to be the most beautiful beach on the island. Long strip of soft white sand like talc, turquoise sea, trees and palm trees: it is a true haven of peace. The beach is located in a village that bears the same name, a small fishing village. Often, from the beach, it is possible to see the dhows, typical sailboats that float peacefully on the sea.
Nungwi is the most popular beach in Zanzibar. There are tourists all year round and most companies stay open during the low season. Most hotels in Zanzibar are all inclusive (all inclusive), forcing you to stay in the hotel and on the beach. Nungwi is different! Staying in Nungwi gives you the opportunity to try different restaurants, bars, beaches, activities, etc ... Choose a hotel near the main and busy beach or stay in Ras Nungwi, 5 minutes away, if you are looking for a romantic and secluded spend time alone with your lover. For divers, Nungwi has, without a doubt, the widest choice, the best sites and the best diving quality in Zanzibar. Spanish Dancer Divers is pleased to advise you so that you spend the best possible holidays.
Kendwa Beach is located in the northwestern part of Zanzibar. White and fine sand, turquoise waters and emerald, coconut palms that offer a pleasant shade: Kendwa is a very beautiful beach, which at sunset is colored with an incredible pastel tone. In Kendwa there are some hotels in which you can stay, few bars and locals however; to find your happiness, you can reach the nearby area of Nungwi.
Most restaurants close their kitchen at 21:30
Langi Langi- The best restaurant in Nungwi. It offers a good atmosphere and delicious food at reasonable prices. Specialized in Indonesian spicy cuisine. The best dishes are the fish and seafood curry or Masala. It's a great place for a romantic dinner, and a must!
Nungwi Inn- It offers pastas, pizzas, hamburgers, fish, etc ... It's perfect for lunch on the beach. At night, they offer groups a good seafood barbecue for a decent price.
Baraka Bungalow- It offers a large barbecue of fish and seafood with rice and vegetables for dinner. Very tasty and not expensive. The tables are on the beach and the fish are exposed, so you can choose. Good choice for dinner.
Mama Mia- If you fancy a pizza, they make the best of Nungwi.
Local food- Next to the village supermarket you will find Munira and Chef's Bakery. Both serve delicious local cuisine, tasty, clean and of good quality. Most of the guests are actually tourists. 5000 ts the plate.
Just steps from the sea, near the Forodhani Gardens, the Monsoon Restaurant is one of Zanzibar's most unique and popular restaurants. There are no tables or chairs, which allows the place to create an atmosphere out of the ordinary. At the Monsoon, we eat on the floor as is customary, sitting comfortably on cushions and handmade rugs. The menu is also traditional and offers dishes such as Sorpotel, pork and beef seasoned with curry, tamarind paste and vinegar, or boku-boku, a meat cooked in spiced wheat and seasoned with ginger and chillies. To finish, I also recommend Gingerbread, one of Zanzibar's best-known cakes, cooked with cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg and chocolate.
Mangi's Beach Bar- the best in Nungwi. This is where you will find all the expatriates from Nungwi. Great place to drink a beer with views of the sunset or watch the European Football League. Spontaneous parties occur very often and Mangi remains open until the last guest leaves. By far, the most popular bar in Nungwi. And this is where we find ourselves at night
Jerry's Bar- Bar with excellent atmosphere, music and drinks. There are music concerts every Sunday. It is located near the Hilton Hotel, away from the main beach. This bar offers very good South African cuisine.
Cholo's Bar- it was the most famous bar in Zanzibar. Thursday is a festive night when it is full. The other days, there is not much going on there.
Kendwa Rocks- If you are looking for a very lively party, this is the place. Every Saturday from 22:00 until the next morning. It is located on Kendwa Beach. The taxi costs 10,000 ts in each direction and the entrance is 10,000 ts.
Fish Market- The local fishermen's market. They leave every day around 16h for their fishing night and dot the horizon with their white-walled dhows. It's a beautiful moment to photograph. The next morning around 6h30-7h, the fishermen are back with all kinds of creatures. You will discover, on the market, fish and marine animals that you have never seen before, ready for sale. Watch as the locals raise the bidding for the best catch, or if you feel like cooking, try catching a tuna or snapper for grilling.
Dhow workshop- near the fish market, you can see local artisans build dhow. Observe the techniques they have been using for centuries.
Cruises at sunset - every day from around 16:30 to 19:00, you can enjoy a sunset cruise. It is organized locally with snorkelling trips. The locals will entertain you with drums and songs. It's the perfect way to end your day.
Turtles Aquarium- The Mnarani Aquarium offers a chance for non-divers to swim with turtles for a small fee. It is a community-driven activity, which means that the money is used to help the local community. If you prefer reptiles, there are also some reptiles.
Nungwi Village - Nungwi is a small village where you can walk and buy fruit. Note that when going to the village, you should keep your shoulders and knees covered to respect the local culture.
Volleyball- Everyday, on the beach at Nungwi Inn Hotel. Locals and tourists play until sunset. All are welcome.