Zanzibar travel story
Zanzibar is an island in Tanzania not far from the African continent. Travel Destinations very well known and very popular especially by Italians but not only. Fortunately, the large influx of tourists does not compromise the beauty of the area, the coast or the sea, villages and resorts are fairly distributed along the various coasts. The east coast is the most beautiful thanks to its long beaches of fine white sand. Here the effect of the tides is more obvious, and many consider it an inconvenience to the difficulty bathing while I believe it is not to be despised because it highlights very curious and interesting natural aspects related to marine life near the coastline, and landscapes singular in the face of some small discomfort
The island offers hospitality to all levels, from large 5-star resort to small, family-run facilities. I had a good opportunity for accommodation at Kendwa Beach Resort (Eden Village) located in the resort of Kendwa which is located near the northern tip of the island on the west side. The beach is beautiful, with fine white sand, very wide but not very long. Often touted as the most beautiful island is, in my opinion, the same level as many other, except that here, thanks to the shape of the seabed, the effect of the tides is contained and you can admire the beautiful sunsets, perhaps for these reasons enjoys a certain reputation. During my stay I used the resort as a base for excursions to the discovery of Zanzibar, two of these I made adhering to the proposals of the interior organizers and the remaining with the beach boys.
On the north coast of the island as well as the beautiful Kendwa beach we find the village of Nungwi place in the most northern point, simple fishing village that has become quite popular due to the presence of some resorts along a varied coastline consists of rocky stretches alternating small white sand beaches. Going down the east coast, it began a long strip of white sand that goes on in an almost interrupted all along the coast up to Chwaka. The first stretch is quite wild with some small fishing village. The charm of this stretch of coastline is remarkable and is completed with Mnemba Island, a small island with a private coral nature (you can not land) surrounded by a large coral formation in which you can make good snorkelling with a good variety of fish that live among the corals and anemones. The bay in front of the island leaves you amazed, water clarity, its colors ranging from blue to turquoise to green, to the shallow waters in which alternates white sand and dark coral, all in a wild environment and without a clue of human presence.The central area of the east coast is developed in a very long beach with a succession of tourist resorts or areas with small structures, fishing villages, and completely wild traits. To get a taste of it all just reach any point on the coast and indulge in long walks.
Interesting is the Safari Blue, a hike that is expected to reach the town of Fumba south of the airport and then embark aboard a motorized dhow (traditional boat of the African coast of the Indian Ocean) and reach the island of Kwale where you can admire some natural beauty. It starts with a large enclosed lagoon between the rocks and mangroves, only accessible from the sea through small openings where the boats are caught and then stop and allow tourists to bathe in transparent water of low predominantly green tones and surrounded by mushroom-shaped rock formations that emerge here and there in the lagoon. The tour continues on a strip of sand that is near the island which appears and disappears depending on the tide. The beauty of the situation is partly overshadowed by the increasingly large presence of tourists who share the few square meters available ... .. The island of Kwale has a long and beautiful white sand beach where some huts in the shadow of our guides organized a meal of lobster and fish dishes eaten in such a context have sealed a truly lovely day. In addition, the island is home to a centuries-old baobab from truly incredible size that is to say of the premises, is the oldest existing baobab.
The visit to the capital Stone Town is a must, in the city you can visit the Christian cathedral dedicated to St. Joseph, the area in memory of the end of slavery, the Palace of Wonders seat of the colonial government and now a museum and the Arab fortress with what little is left of it enclosed in town walls almost devoid of internal architecture, fortress transformed by time into a bazaar. The heart of the city consists of narrow streets with shops of various kinds many of them tourist while it seems more genuine the covered market (old market) very characteristic. It is often reported by the guides the birthplace of the famous singer Freddie Mercury (real name Farrokh Bulsara), the legendary leader of the Queen, where, in reality, there is nothing to see ………
Another excursion, which is often proposed, is one that allows you to get in touch with local people through the knowledge of some customs, lifestyles, activities, etc. Visiting some interior villages are gathered patriarchal aspects of the organization of families and villages, as realize the simple huts where they live the simple daily life habits, the production processes for small objects of everyday products or processes to be then sell like the strings drawn from coconut. It must be said that in all cases the one who always stands out is the great poverty of these people living in conditions that we would be considered inhuman and that's why I donate to them, especially for the many children, T-shirts, pens , notebooks, pencils, erasers and other small things is the equivalent of great gifts, so if you go to Zanzibar do not forget there to bring many of these things.