I usually have a pat back story as to why I chose a particular picture as Photo of the Week–not this time. I stumbled across this picture in my photo archives last week, and I can’t stop looking at it. It just makes me smile as I remember my time in Zanzibar. Hopefully, I’ll be lucky enough to go back!
Category Archives: Zanzibar
And now my Tanzania pictures (both from safari and from Zanzibar) have been edited and posted! Check them out here. You can also read about my time in Tanzania here, here, here, and here. It looks like I’m on a roll, so I hope to have my South Africa pictures (and final blog posts about my trip–yikes!) up soon. In the meantime, keep your fingers crossed for me as I should have some exciting travel writing news to share in the near future….
After a multi-hour delay at the airport in Zanzibar, I finally made it to Dar es Salaam, where I did some final souvenir shopping before boarding my evening flight to Johannesburg. The next morning, I spoke to the owner of my guest house about arranging a Soweto tour for the following day; as it turned out, there was a slot available for a private tour immediately, so the tour operator went ahead and just showed up! I crammed the remains of my (delicious! included!) breakfast into my mouth and hopped into the van. The driver (who, to be fair, did warn me) was a bit militant, seeing himself as a sort of Paulo Freire or Frantz Fanon on the behalf of non-white South Africans. A white South African, he said that he had spent the last seven years trying to educate people on the country’s current social and racial issues. If he didn’t make significant progress in the upcoming two years, he would retire to a community in Soweto and seek refuge from the inevitable race riots that would occur in the absence of increased racial justice in South Africa.
When I arrived in Zanzibar, the first thing that I noticed was the heat. While I was temporarily uncomfortable, as I was wearing my heaviest clothes for the flight, I was pleased with the weather, as it boded well for beach time in Kendwa. My first stop, though, was Stone Town. I spent my first day there wandering around (and getting lost, per the usual), shopping for souvenirs, and sampling my first Zanzibar pizza for dinner at Forodhani Park. The pizza is made by wrapping an extremely thin crust around your choice of beef/chicken/fish/prawns/vegetables, plus minced salad, cheese (of the Laughing Cow variety), mayonnaise, and an egg. This creation is lightly fried in a giant wok and then served with a very small side salad as well as various sauces. Pure deliciousness, all for less than USD3.
We finally made it to our last stop, the Ngorongoro Crater, a picture of which had kick-started my safari dreams in the first place, almost two years before. The inside of our lodge was absolutely beautiful, but it paled in comparison to the crater itself. Each of our rooms had spectacular, clear views across and down into the crater. As an added bonus, although this lodge was run by the same management as our lodge in the Serengeti, the service was much better here, meaning that I was able to enjoy two gin-based, pre-dinner cocktails with my group on the hotel’s outdoor verandah, overlooking the crater. Solid.
Every year, after months upon months of planning (sometimes longer), I take an awesome, month-long vacation; every year, I always have friends that ask me if I will be blogging about my trip; and, every year, I always say “no”. I have always assumed that people would be completely uninterested in hearing about my trips, so I have contented myself with posting highlights here and there as my status updates on Facebook. Well, in the interest of pushing my boundaries and trying new things, I have decided to finally blog about my vacation this year: two weeks of safari in Kenya and Tanzania, five days on the beach in Zanzibar, and a week-and-a-half backpacking in South Africa.