When I think about the places I’ve visited over the years, from childhood to now, it saddens me to see that my home continent barely features on that list. Despite living in Nigeria for over 13 years, I only visited three states and two neighboring countries. Paltry. Insufficient. Over the next three years, I hope to have added at least 5 more locations to that list. For now, I’m content to live through some of my favorite travel bloggers who use their travels to show sides to THE African Continent you might not be accustomed to seeing.
Today’s post celebrates travel within Africa with a focus on the beautiful Tanzanian island of Zanzibar.
Zanzibar is a region in East Africa off the coast of the Indian Ocean. It’s capital city Stone Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site whose photos I’ve seen so many times, my mind can now trick me into believing I’ve visited.
Whenever I travel, I love to walk around cities, look at buildings, take photos and learning about the city’s history. Sure, I can learn on the internet but if I have the opportunity to be taught by a local historian, I’ll take it.
Stone Town, Zanzibar
To visit an island is to visit its waters, especially when those waters belong to the Indian Ocean which I’ve never seen (or snorkeled in). I wonder what species of fish I can expertly avoid in there. The turquoise waters I’ve only seen in photos are the sort of images my dreams are made of.
The Rock, Zanzibar
If I woke up tomorrow in a restaurant in the middle of the ocean, I would try not to question how I got there. I’d just enjoy it. This is what I imagine most people do when they visit Zanzibar’s famous “The Rock” restaurant. Depending on the tide, you can either wade in the water or take a boat to the restaurant. One seafood lunch overlooking the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean, thank you.
Nungwi, Zanzibar – Mnarani Marine Turtle Conservation Pond
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While people can swim and feed them, the turtles up here in Nungwi are safe and well cared. A lot of them are found tangled in nets and the folks at Baraka motivate fishermen to bring in the turtles unharmed in exchange for money. That way, people are more likely to protect the trapped turtles than do them harm. They are kept in these natural waters for 5-6 months before being returned to the wild. #yagazieemezi #documentaryphotography #travel #Zanzibar #travenoire #nature
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We headed North to visit this beautiful, natural lagoon that is home to around 30 green turtles. What is great about this gem is that it's a turtle conservation project, rehabilitating and protecting injured sea turtles who are accidentally caught up in fisherman’s nets. The guys who run the place had to kick me out of the water because I didn't want to leave; can you blame me?! To say this was a surreal experience would be an understatement. Watch my stories to see these cuties in motion ❤️ captured by @yagazieemezi // #spiritedpursuit
Although I probably wouldn’t get into the water with so many turtles, the aquarium in Nungwi, Zanzibar looks like it would be worth the visit. I would be content to stand on the sidelines and watch + photograph the turtles, but I’d be hard-pressed to go in. I admire animals but I’m usually not comfortable being close to them.
On Zanzibar, I left a comment on Lee of Spirited Pursuit blog saying:
Lee, your shots are unbelievably beautiful!! I’ve been trying to plan trips to see more countries on my home continent, and I think I’m definitely going to start with Zanzibar! Wow. It’s amazing that you’re able to share this.
I meant every word. I would like to spend a week traveling through Zanzibar, walking on the oceanfront, eating lychee and fresh seafood, learning Zanzibar’s history and culture and marveling at the fact that places like this exist.
Is Zanzibar on your to-visit list? What would you want to get up to? Leave me a comment to let me know, and if you live in Nigeria, keep reading to see how you can win flight tickets from Travel Start to experience all of these & possibly more in Zanzibar.
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All photos sourced from Instagram. Each owner is linked to the photo. To see more you can check out destinationzanzibar on Instagram.
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