Zanzibar is a tropical island located 36 kilometers off the shores of Tanzania, in the Indian Ocean. The typical destination of sun and beach! In Zanzibar, the travelers of safaris in SUVs travel through Kenya and Tanzania to rest during the last days of the trip; the engaged couples look for their dream hotels and backpackers wanting to beach, affordable prices and good atmosphere. Are you one of them? Zanzibar is one of the most famous tourist destinations of the African Indian Ocean. It has excellent beaches, equatorial climate, and accommodations of all prices and needs.
Luckily when you are on vacation these aspects seem more tolerable, and also, all this offers us the way to see the reality of this small area of Africa. From the first moments, we realized that Zanzibar has prepared many surprises for us: the island shows us views, which excite us. I immediately turn on the camera and it seems almost to have a filter of colors: red is more red, blue is bluer, each tonality is more intense, and intense are the perfumes that breathe once entered into the city. My eye behind the objective does not believe it.
The City of Zanzibar Town is an incredible mix of races and architectures: from Moorish to Arabic to Colonial style. The center has been declared heritage and is characterized by coral stone constructions. 15 years ago there were barely half a dozen hotels; now they add almost 200. A situation that is starting to overwhelm the resources of the island due to the passivity of the local authorities, who do not invest one euro in infrastructures! It is also worth visiting, always in the south of the island, an islet that disappears with the high tide and reappears every day.
The east coast of the island is the one that deserves the so-called “maritime” stay: the beach of Kiwengwa is nothing more than a mile long white sand tongue and traversed every day by the population that goes to work. After a nice bath, you can protect yourself from the burning sun under a curtain while the fishermen offer fruit, so juicy and sweet, that I think of eating a pineapple for the first time in my life. It is surrounded by an interesting coral reef and fish of all kinds. This is a place that feels like heaven.
In Zanzibar the best thing to do is take it easy, “pole pole“, also enjoy the dolce far niente , nap on a hammock while watching the sea, without having to organize the days completely: wait for the arrival of the dow to see the fish, try to play soccer on the beach with a ball made of rags with a group of enthusiastic children as in the Bernabeu itself, make a coconut to a lady to drink the juice with straw. So what are you waiting for? So, look no further, pack your bags and book your vacations now!