Sunday, April 7, 2013


We stayed on Uroa Beach, across the island from Zanzibar Town.
These are a number of observations I made and things I learnt about Zanzibar this week.
* The island commonly known as Zanzibar is Unguja - Zanzibar consists of a number of small islands and 2 large ones, Unguja and Pemba. 
* The roads are wonderful compared to mainland Tanzania. Sealed and pothole free in the areas we travelled.
* The island is very flat. No hills to be seen.
* It is VERY humid. Jozani Forest is like a sauna.
* The number plates in Zanzibar are red. They are yellow on the mainland.
* Petrol was more expensive than the mainland.
* The island is 90% Muslim. Although there were some women dressed in the full black abaya/chador, most wore the colourful Swahili fabrics.

* Freddie Mercury was born and grew up in Zanzibar.

* There are many fascinating antique shops in Stone Town. And some great clothing ones too.

* Plastic bags are banned on Zanzibar. All the shops use paper bags, or wrap their produce in newspaper or old maps etc.

* The sand on the east side of Unguja is white and fine, just like powder.

* The tour guides and the boys on the beaches selling souvenirs speak many languages - Swahili, English, French, Italian, and German.

* A lot of tourists wear very inappropriate swimwear on the beach (refer back to it being a Muslim population). Thongs only really look good on a very small number of people too.

* Seaweed is farmed along the shoreline of Uroa.

* Like the mainland, dogs are not especially liked. However there weren't lots of hungry, sad looking dogs roaming the streets like there are in Arusha.

Below is a photo of 'Mary' (named Mother Mary by Stephanie) who adopted us while we were there because we talked to her, patted her and shared our breakfast with her.
She sat by the taxi while we left for the airport :(
We wanted to take her home with us.


  1. You've put Zanzibar on the map for me. I didn't know it existed, now I can't wait to go there.

    1. Yes. You should definitely save up and go!

  2. What a fabulous place. I'd love to hear about the things you bought while shopping there :)