Paradise of Tanzania: Zanzibar

The sun rays hit the side of the bus windows as we rolled into endless plains and flatlands, littered with the occasional shady tree. The grass sparse, trampled on by wild zebras and giraffes. I opened my eyes and took all of this in at once, cramped in the backseat, coming to terms that I have arrived in Tanzania. The first resemblance which popped into my mind was that of the opening scenes of the Lion King.

We crossed the plains of this vast region toward Dar Es Salaam, where we caught the ferry into Zanzibar. You can also take a 45 minute plane ride. The archipelago wraps around the east coast of Tanzania, a region commonly known as the Land of the Serengeti. One day I would wish to return for a safari.

Stone Town in Zanzibar is located on the western side of the island and its usually the first stop for travellers. It is the main urban area to walk the narrow streets and winding alleys , soaking in the culture and smell of the sea before you head out into the vast beaches dotting the coast.

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The corridors of the Stone Town are winding roads with balconies and terraces. The accommodations usually hostels and lodges.

One of the cleaner corridors! Palm trees and sunny skies enhances the white terraces

One of the cleaner corridors! Palm trees and sunny skies enhances the white terraces

This island seems very far away from home, no one back in Singapore has really heard or talk much about this area.  I only learnt about it whilst researching for my trip to Uganda.

Every night there is a pretty big seafood market in the open square next to the sea, where the locals grill and barbeque fresh seafood. Its amazing, the smells are so captivating! Garlic and butter, mixed with the saltiness of the air, seafood and large arrays of sugarcane and desserts.

Kebabs

Kebabs

Every shop is filled to the brim with stacks and stacks of food on skewers or fresh seafood laid out on their table. You just pick what you want and its on the grill for you. IMG_0199

People just come for their dinners, cheap and made hot on the spot. They sit along the coast, chomping on their food and have a real good time.IMG_0200

Hello, would you like some Octopus??

Hello, would you like some Octopus??

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Another highlight of Zanzibar are the spices!! The next day we headed to the other market which is also densely visited in the day. The Spice Market.

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IMG_0210Shop after shop after shop, filled with tons and tons of spices! All individually wrapped into plastic, labelled, their colours resemble that of art tools for kids.

It's easy to picture merchants and fishermen shipping their spices off to the markets.

It’s easy to picture merchants and fishermen shipping their spices off to the markets.

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