My friend Jake and I stayed in Zanzibar for the last four days of our East Africa trip last September. We stayed in Nungwi Beach on the northern tip of the island which is supposed to be the fun area with the biggest full moon party of the year before the Ramadan holiday, which is celebrated by most people of this mostly Muslim island.
We arrived at our hotel, Amaan Bungalows, after two weeks of nonstop Safaris and mountain climbing in search of a little R&R. We were so psyched to be on our own schedule instead of with a guide, but most of all we were happy to have a real bathroom. If you’ve been to East Africa, then you know what I mean.
Zanzibar was wonderful. What a relaxing place. When you arrive at the airport, there is a big sign that simply says, “Smile you’re in Zanzibar”. Thats basically all we did besides sleeping, relaxing and checking out the full moon party. The party was a lot of fun, not quite what Thailand Full Moon Party (soon to be written about) veterans may have been expecting but it was perfect for the place we were and the types of people that were at the party.
The snorkeling and diving there is good but not the best but you don’t even care. It’s hard to describe just how amazing it is to be out from over 2 weeks of sleeping in tents on safari and climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, barely sleeping and always on the move. Thats what Zanzibar was to me, an oasis of sorts, a place to recharge and revive myself. Not a bad place to get a tan either.
The best way to describe Zanzibar is that it’s what you expect, it is as exotic as the name would indicate and the beaches are great. The lifestyle is very slow and there is no rush for anything. Remember you’re on Africa time and sometimes that is OK.