They say Hakuna Matata here all the time. I know what it means thanks to the Lion King, but I’m pretty sure they aren’t using it in the correct context all the time. But Hakuna Matata!
I’m wrapping up 6 days on Zanzibar Island and today I join my next tour. We leave from here and head back to Tanzania for a 15 day camping safari. I believe we spend a fair amount of time driving and then of course setting up our tents. It sounded a lot more glamorous when I booked it in April. Today I’m hoping it is way better than i expect.
I spent 5 days in Nungwi at a beach hotel. There were people there! It was really relaxing and I got caught up on my sleep.
I had a massage on the last day. Figured it would be a good idea before the safari to start out limber. And the massage was only $20. I enquired about the Zanzibar massage and was told it was a mixture of a good hard massage and relaxation. Sign me up.
That was a total lie. The girl took her elbow to my spine up and down and up and down. Then my shoulder blades. It was so bad I had to ask her to please go lighter. She didnt understand English. How do you sign language ‘lighter’ while oily and naked? Its near impossible. She also did my calves, which under regular circumstances are super sensy. Needless to say, my spine is now bruised and i did not feel relaxed at the end.
There was an election or something in the USA. I was shocked to see it on the TVs in the restaurant for 2 days before the election and then blasting the morning of the results. Another interesting fact is that I didn’t run into one Canadian or American while I was there.
The one super annoying thing is that I could not really have a peaceful walk on the beach. The people on the beach would like to sell you something or take you for a snorkel or give you a massage or braid you hair. I figured out a strategy of wearing my headphones and sunglasses. That way I didnt feel too bad ignoring everyone.
I got invited by one guy to a reggae party up the beach. It started at 10pm and I should come by to hang with the locals for some cheap beer. I really wanted to do it, but come on, 10pm?
Just when I thought the entire post would be pictures of me sitting on the beach, I checked out of Nungwi and spent a day and night in Stone Town. This town has a lot of history and I booked a tour guide to walk me around. Its also a Unesco World Heritage site.
Stone Town is famous for its doors. And Freddie Mercury was born here.
Stone Town also was a big slave trading market. While they’ve demolished the old slave trading place, they have a museum and still have some of the chains and the dungeons where they kept the slaves. Its difficult to see and understand.
And being a seaside town, they have a big market. He warned me about the smell, and I had to use all of my will power to not puke or run out. I said I would be cool and I totally wasn’t.
Overall I loved my time on Zanzibar and if you’re ever in the area I would highly recommend it. I hope when I come back to climb Kilimanjaro that I can spend some time here again.