Owen Nkomo shares his Zanzibar experience with us #ZanzibarIsKaya
Zanzibar is amazing! The people are very welcoming and friendly. After taking a jab at the airport for Yellow Fever, I think you can get it cheaper elsewhere honestly I paid R500.00 two years ago… I flew to Tanzania first and connected a flight off to Zanzibar. When we got to the airport I realized how big OR Tambo is, and how awesome our infrastructure is, (At least apartheid did something for us for a change!!) . The first thing that hits you is the heat in the country, temperatures were around 40% Celsius, and we had one guy servicing our whole plane of about 100 odd people. The greatest part about the trip was that the flight captain was black, the flight attendants were all black and that for me was a first. (Apartheid..nc nc nc ) . The flight was amazing so yes dark child you can fly a plane from here to Timbuktu and back ,yes dark child, I BELIEVE YOU CAN FLY!
So it got exciting when we finally got out of the airport and were looking for transport to take us to Nungwi Hideaway! We had been travelling with some brokers from Johannesburg, (Stock brokers that is, not funeral policy brokers lol) We managed to get two “cars” to drive us to the resort. Old box shaped Toyota corollas with no shock absorbers and a half blind driver, (Honestly speaking, because twice he got our particular car off road, after which we asked him to drive slowly.) We did not mind the drive because he gave us a great lesson on the globally renowned song, Hakuna Matata… so by the time we got to the amazing Nungwi Hideaway hotel, we were singing the song off the hook.
On arrival at the hotel, we were greeted by amazing five start service and the facilities.. Well I will not tell you more, because you are travelling with us to see for yourself. All I can say is that you will be blown away by the beauty that is on the other side of the poverty we see in movies about Africa. YOU WILL LOVE IT!
We visited Stone Town, the slave trading center…Bob Mabena will be angry the whole day when the story of the “Fallen Mandinga’s” gets told again. The ladies will enjoy the spice shopping, natural spices mind you so not bound to give you a rash. We then travelled through the city to enjoy some architecture. I love architecture myself, and the history behind the buildings and the thought processes of the Arab traders who settled in the country over a century ago. We then visited Zanzibar’s own Robben Island, where slaves were incarcerated for various crimes. Here we met some of the world’s oldest living creatures, seen in images I shared for this article.. These Tortoises can live up to 189 years old or more !!!!! They are as big as English egos. On the trip to the island we saw “Some” of our trip mates smoking a substances which is legal in our “Cowntree”, for nowJ. But in Zanzibar it did not raise any alarm with our tour guides.. all the while , the sun was blistering and some East African music was playing in the little boats we travelled in. By the way…Zanzibar, and most of Africa are respectful enough to still be playing Brenda Fassie, Soul Brothers and Mama Africa Yvonne Chaka Chaka…I guess AKA , Berita, The Soil and Kwesta will have to wait a few decades before they get air time.
The infinity pool you see in images of Nungwi is unbelievable. One could spend the whole day sipping on their favorite juice, and watch the sun go down…imagine when a crowd of Gauteng based Afropolitans “invade” the island….
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