Z is for Zanzibar- #AtoZChallenge

Z” is for Zanzibar. And the last post in this year’s A to Z Challenge! I can’t believe I managed to finish and post for every letter. Usually, in these long challenges, I get so far behind I just give up. I’m glad it’s over tho. It’s hard to find time to post every day.

I have to say I loved Zanzibar! I was there on vacation last November. I took a long trip for a photography safari with Great Escape Publishing. I really enjoyed the safari. We went all over the Northwest area of Tanzania. From Arusha to Lake Eyasi, the Ngorongoro Crater, the Serengeti…

It was fantastic! We got to see all kinds of animals from our jeeps. The drivers were great at finding the game. We would sit quietly and watch them do their thing while we furiously took thousands of photos. 🙂

It was a week of amazing experiences, but a week of early mornings and late nights. I was exhausted at the end of it. I was glad to have scheduled some extra time before flying all the way home to Texas.

I had thought about climbing Mt Kilimanjaro. It is on my bucket list. I just didn’t think I was up to it at that point. I wanted some rest and relaxation. I decided to head over to the nearby island of Zanzibar for a few days.

Wow! Such a gorgeous island. Stone Town is intriguing. It has an interesting history, it’s easy to imagine yourself back in the days of the Sultans as you wander the winding lanes of the old town. The people were friendly and eager to show you around town, or entice you to buy their specialty spices or colorful paintings.

   

The food was cooked with exotic local spices and served with a smile. The night market near the docks and the fort was a great place to hang out. I liked to grab a fruity drink and watch the sun go down before wandering around and choosing a cook for my dinner.

 

After a couple of days in the city, I headed up North to relax on the beautiful white sand beaches. I spent a few blissful days relaxing under the casuarina trees, wading in the ocean, sailing on sunset cruises and SCUBA diving around the area.

 

The diving was excellent! Best I’ve seen in quite a while. I saw lots of colorful coral and all kinds of sea life. I brought my camera, but only one dive was shallow enough for me to use it. 😦

  #sea cucumber #Zanzibar

It’s a long, long way from Texas, but if I ever get the chance to visit Zanzibar again, I will definitely take it!

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13 thoughts on “Z is for Zanzibar- #AtoZChallenge

  1. Great post to finish on! I’m heading back to southern Africa in August for my fourth visit (another safari!) but I keep telling myself I must explore Kenya, Tanzania and Zanzibar. Your photos are excellent, I love the rustic look of Stone Town. I’ve been looking into photographic safaris too so I’ll have to check out the one you travelled with.
    Congrats on completing the A-Z challenge 🙂

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    • Thanks Kim,
      Yes- do check out GEP. They’re really great to work with. They’re having more safaris to Botswana and Tanzania coming up and I would really love to go again. Just can’t see any way to afford it at this point.
      Any traveling I do will have to be close to home, can’t really even afford hotels anymore. 😦

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    • Thanks!
      My father always told me, you can do anything you want to, IF you want to bad enough. I did all I could to find a job where I could travel. Seems it’s pretty much over now, but I am still trying to find some other way.
      I hope you can find some way too. There’s nothing like travel for spicing up life!

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