Zanzibar

Posted by on Mar 15, 2013 in Africa, Play-by-plays, Tanzania | 0 comments

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After 10 days of game drives, animal parks, dust and sweat we finally got to Zanzibar for some r&r at the beach. I could have definitely spend more than tow and a half days on the island, but unfortunately that is all we had.

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Upon arrival into Stone Town (2 hour ferry from the very hectic port city of Dar Es Salam), we went on the famous Spice Tour, where we learned a ton about spices plants and fruits that grow on the island. Zanzibar has always been an important trade stop in the Indian Ocean, especially in spices and for a long time, slaves. It was initially part of the Portuguese Empire and later fell under the Sultanate of Oman before becoming a British Protectorate. So suffice it to say, there are many historical and multicultural influences that shaped its growth.
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After the Spice Tour where, among other facts, I learned that the root of the cinnamon tree smells like Vicks Vapor Rub, we headed back into the center and visited the old slave market, a church, and saw some of the historical buildings including the Fortress which was built by the Omanis to repel Portuguese attacks.
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That night we enjoyed sunset drinks, a seafood dinner at the local markets, and some reggae music at the bar in the actual Fortress. I was actually surprised at the number of Rasta fans on the island, but I guess I shouldn’t be.

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The next two days were spent on the beach, chilling out, hammocking, and swimming. I went scuba diving, some snorkeled, others parasailed. And the whole group did a sunset cruise on a dhow. It was a gorgeous sail, and we took advantage of the swim stop at a shallow sandbar to jump off the boat and practice some water acrobatics.

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Next up is a LONG drive through Tanzania and then a few days in Malawi!

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