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. 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. Its 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 learn about the city’s history.
Stone Town, Zanzibar
To visit an island is to visit its waters, especially when those waters belong to the Indian Ocean. The turquoise waters I’ve only seen in photos are the sort of images my dreams are made of.
The Rock, Zanzibar
Zanzibar’s “The Rock” restaurant is famed for being in the middle of the ocean. Depending on the tide, you can either wade in the water or take a boat to the restaurant. I’ll take one seafood lunch overlooking the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean, thank you.
Nungwi, Zanzibar – Mnarani Marine Turtle Conservation Pond
Although I probably wouldn’t get into the water with so many turtles, the aquarium in Nungwi 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 about 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 & more in Zanzibar.
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ZANZIBAR! Now you make we want to go there. I really should explore my continent. Enjoyed reading this.
I want to goo tooo. Really cannot wait to spend 4/5 days there sometime. Thanks girl!
Heeey! I see me! 🙂 Thanks Tiese. Can’t wait to read about your trip when you visit. I know you’ll have an amazing time and maybe change your mind about swimming with turtles 🙂
Amen to visiting oh!! I hope I can make it happen. lol. idk about the turtles but let’s seee.
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