Here, it’s not just about sipping mojitos on exquisite beaches and dining on jumbo prawns as dhow sailboats float across the horizon. If that’s all you do, you’ll miss everything else that makes Zanzibar the stirring place that it is.
Don’t get me wrong: apart from a number of mosquito bites too many to count, everything about this tropical utopia left me utterly spellbound.
But just as alluring as the postcard-perfect scenery are the everyday interactions that take place between the fishermen and their buyers, parents and their children, Maasai shopkeepers and tourists. Or the hypnotic, lyrical call to prayer that echoes across the sands against the lull of swaying palm trees and the rolling waves of the Indian Ocean.
While I can’t reproduce the sounds, I can share my favourite images of the natural beauty and the moments that remind me why I continue to travel. (A separate, photo-rich post of Stone Town can be found here.)
All of these images were taken in Kiwengwa (in the southeast) and Nungwi (in the north).
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Have you been to Zanzibar? What was your favourite moment?