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Zanzibar Urban/West

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  • Day48

    Cooking class, Dole

    November 22, 2017 in Tanzania

    Because we spent a long time at the beach already, we decided to go back to Stone Town and to do a cooking class.

    We went shopping at the market, then took a Dalla Dalla to a spice farm, had a quick spice tour and then started preparing a fish curry, a vegetable curry, pilau rice and chapatis (watch out friends, next time on a dinner invitation, you will get African food and fresh chapati).

    Awesome experience really!
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  • Day38

    Stone Town, Zanzibar

    November 12, 2017 in Tanzania

    Sitting next to the pilot in the airplane of Coastal Aviation, we landed on Zanzibar, our last destination of this trip.

    First location, Stone Town. With its narrow streets it is a little bit like a maze, a pretty place, but also a pretty touristy place!

    Here we see more Mzungus (white people), than at any other place on our trip so far. However for us, it was quite refreshing, to meet fellow travellers. We didn’t mind at all. By coincidence, we met 2 Greek friends, we knew from Nicaragua 3 years ago.

    Best thing about Stone Town: Food! Generally Africa hasn’t served us the best food, but here things are changing. We love the Zanzibar kitchen, the Biryanis, the curries, the spices, ... it is so good, that being full after a meal sucks 😲!

    We were staying 2 nights in the Jambo Guest House, then took a Dalla Dalla to the beach.
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  • Day183

    In Stone Town haben wir endlich mal wieder vertraute Gesichter gesehen - Alina und Artur! Es ist sooo schön, dass die beiden uns in ihre Urlaubsplanung berücksichtigt haben :) am ersten Tag haben wir uns Stone Town ein wenig angeguckt, die Stadt erinnert mit ihren vielen, gemütlichen Gassen ein bisschen an Italien. Momentan ist Ramadan, deswegen sieht man viele Restaurants, die erst um 18.15h öffnen oder bei einigen ist der Essenbereich durch ein Tuch, was als Sichtschutz dient, abgespannt.
    Am nächsten Tag ging es mit dem Boot nach Prison Island, dort leben Riesenschildkröten, eine war sogar schon 192 Jahre alt, das Alter kann man an den Ringen auf dem Panzer erkennen. Es war ziemlich lustig die kleinen Babys zu sehen, die kleiner sind als eine Hand und dann die großen ausgewachsenen Tiere daneben. Danach haben wir in dem wunderschönen, blauen Wasser geschnorchelt und haben viele Fischis sehen können :)
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  • Day12

    Gestern sind Miriam und ich auf dieser wunderschönen Insel angekommen. Ich schon gegen zwölf Uhr, Miriam gegen fünf. Zugegebenermaßen sah die Insel gestern noch nicht ganz so wunderschön aus. Es hat wie aus Eimern gegossen. Und zwar den ganzen Tag. Es wurde mal stärker und zwischendurch etwas sachter, aber aufgehört hat es erst gegen 8 oder 9 Uhr abends. Da saßen wir schon bei leckerem Essen, was wie alles hier ein Mix aus indischen, orientalischen und lokalen Einflüssen ist.
    Nachdem es auch in der Nacht noch mal Regengüsse gab, blieb es heute den ganzen Tag trocken und wir haben einen super Tag verbracht. Wir entschieden uns für einen Ausflug zur Sklaveninsel mit anschließendem Schnorcheln. Sansibar war lange Zeit Dreh- und Angelpunkt des ostafrikanischen Sklavenhandels, später wurde die Insel auch als Gelbfieberquarantänestelle genutzt. Kaum zu glauben, dass dieser paradiesische Ort eine so schreckliche Geschichte hat.
    Inzwischen leben 120 Riesenlandschildkröten, die irgendwann mal von den Seychellen eingeführt wurden, dort. Und man darf sie füttern und am Hals kraulen. Und Selfies mit ihnen machen natürlich ;)
    Schnorcheln war mal wieder total schön und erinnerte mich an schöne Sommerurlaube an der Adria als Jugendliche (Hilfe, ist das lange her). Man konnte schon total viele verschieden große und farbige Fische, Korallen und Seeigel sehen. Das macht Lust auf mehr. Ich denke, wir werden unbedingt noch Tauchen ausprobieren müssen. Dazu werden wir an die Ostküste fahren.
    Nach unserem Ausflug waren wir erstmal so hungrig, dass wir einen Platz zum Essen gesucht und gefunden haben. Eine der zwei offenen Rooftop-Bars mit sehr gutem Essen und traumhaft schöner Inneneinrichtung; die Bar ist teil eines Hotels. Man fühlte sich ein bisschen wie in Fischers Lagerhaus, nur authentischer.
    Jetzt sitzen wir in der zweiten Bar, mit Livemusik und einem kühlen Bierchen. Das muss man hier ziemlich suchen, da viele Restaurants von strengen Muslimen geführt werden und keinen Alkohol auf der Speisekarte haben. Dafür dann aber eine tolle Auswahl an frisch gepressten Säften aus Früchten und Gemüse.
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  • Day146

    Stone Town, Zanzibar

    September 29, 2017 in Tanzania

    We spent just two nights in historic Stone Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Zanzibar was once the center for the slave trade for east Africa and Stone Town was the main administrative port. Narrow winding streets, buildings of stone and coral, and a mix of Arabic and European colonial architecture, mosques, churches and Hindu temples define this small town.
    We found a local guide to take us on a walking tour early in the morning before the full heat and humidity hit. Our guide, Yusef, did a great job highlighting the complicated and often tragic past of this town, including the slave market. The former slave market is now the site of a large Anglican church that was built after slavery was abolished. It was fascinating to have learned about Dr. Livingtone’s legacy in Malawi, then seeing his influence and abolitionist views had a huge impact in Zanzibar. In fact, there was a crucifix made from the tree where he died in Zambia displayed in the church.
    While here, we’ve enjoyed some good food and enjoyed wandering around and getting lost in the maze of streets and alleys.
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  • Day18

    Stone Town, Zanzibar Island

    July 30, 2017 in Tanzania

    We left the group on the beach early for an extra day in the capital city. After an eventful taxi journey (which included a Police stop, confiscated insurance & a court appearance for our driver and the start of a scam - which was nipped in the bud straight away) we arrived in Stone Town. Originally a trading port for slaves and spices, it is a large area of tiny lanes and streets of houses, mosques and local meat, fish and spice markets. With no street names, it is a maze and is best approached with a sense of exploration and no real destination in mind. Most of it is a lot less touristy than many cities and time can be spent just watching the world go by with nobody bothering you. We bought some beautiful fresh warm bread rolls (3 pence each) and sat on someone's doorstep to take in everyday life. Later we found an old coffee shop which now serves amazing cake and coffee with a fantastic view from the roof garden.
    Fun fact: Freddie Mercury was born in Zanzibar.
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  • Day19

    Stone Town day 2, Zanzibar

    July 31, 2017 in Tanzania

    Dinner last night was street food from the night market in the Forodhami gardens on the promenade. Packed with locals it was a great spot for people watching, particularly the crazy kids sprinting and then jumping off the harbour wall. Most somersaulted and spun before belly flopping or face planting into the water. Definitely style over entry. No asking for money, just because they enjoy doing it.
    Stone Town is predominately Muslim, with 50 Mosques plus Islamic schools in a relatively small area. The dress is more conservative than many places we've been so far and as a consequence of the faith is quieter and friendlier- many people want to chat and ask questions (in other cities this is often a lead in to trying to sell something, go to their shop or ask for money).
    More wandering the streets including the meat, fish, vegetable and spice markets. Despite first appearances the meat/fish market doesn't smell and is very clean. This is the sort of place all the meat we eat in restaurants or buy for the truck comes from.
    The architecture is a bit 'faded glory' and would have looked spectacular when new, with influences from European colonial styles.
    Stone Town is definitely a place we've fallen for.
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  • Day23

    Zanzibar Port

    July 1, 2017 in Tanzania

    I have arrived in Zanzibar! I am looking forward to sipping cocktails, relaxing on the beach and eating lots of yummy food.

    I am spending one night in Stone Town and two nights at a beach up north. I was booked in to do the Stone Town walking tour and spice farms as soon as we got to the hotel.

  • Day23

    Slave Trade Exibition

    July 1, 2017 in Tanzania

    It was hard to believe that this happened but it did, going to the exhibition really hit home and the fact that they did this to women and children as well.

    I have attached a picture of two rooms, one held fifty people and the other held over seventy people. The rooms were barely big enough for our group to sit in comfortably. They used to have to lay on top of each other and there would be urine and faeces on the floor in the room with them. How anyone can treat another human the way they did is beyond me! I have included a brief overview of what used to happen below, taken from a website that has been quoted.

    Zanzibar was one of the largest slave ports in the vast Indian Ocean slave trade, which was dominated by Arab slave traders. The Arab slave trade originated before Islam and lasted more than a millennium. The slavers hacked their way from Bagamoyo on the Tanzania mainland coast into the African interior, as far west as the Congo. The slavers traded, bribed chiefs, pillaged and frequently kidnapped to meet the high demand for slaves. The newly acquired slaves were often forced to carry ivory and other goods back to Bagamoyo. The name Bagamoyo is derived from the Kiswahili words "bwaga moyo" which mean 'lay down your heart', because it was here that slaves would abandon any remaining hope of freedom or escape. Slaves who survived the long and perilous hike from the interior were then crammed into wooden boats called dhows bound for the slave markets in Stone Town, Zanzibar.

    It is important to understand that in the context of the Arab Slave Trade, the term Arab represents a culture as opposed to a specific race. Many of the "Arab" slave traders such as Tippu Tip and others were indistinguishable from the "Africans" whom they enslaved and sold. All of the main racial groups in Zanzibar were involved in the slave trade in some way or other. Europeans used slaves in their plantations in the Indian Ocean islands, Arabs were the main traders, and African rulers sold prisoners taken in battle.

    Although best known today as an island paradise, there are many prominent reminders of Zanzibar's dark history in the slave trade around Stone Town and across the island. The market where slaves were confined in dark, airless, underground chambers before being sold still contains the chains bolted to the concrete. A moving memorial now stands where the market once was, reminding visitors and locals alike, of the atrocities committed on that very spot centuries before. Nearby, the Anglican Church contains a wooden cross carved from the tree under which the famous explorer and abolitionist David Livingstone's heart was buried in Zambia. Along the island's coast, several old limestone holding cells where slaves were hidden from crusading British abolitionists still exist. Once slavery was banned, the use of the chambers increased. Some still contain etchings and final messages left by slaves awaiting their sale and transport to a foreign land.

    In 1822, the Omani Arabs signed the Moresby Treaty which made the sale of slaves to Christian's illegal and provided other restrictions. Unfortunately, these restrictions were essentially ignored, and the trade continued to thrive. Then, in 1873 under the threat of bombardment by the British navy, Sultan Barghash was forced to sign an edict making the sea-borne slave trade illegal, and the slave market in Zanzibar was finally closed. Although, slaving was now officially illegal, it continued on the mainland of Tanzania until the defeat of the Germans in the First World War and Britain took over as the colonial power.

    source: http://www.zanzibarpackage.com/slavery-zanzibar
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  • Day23

    Karrabu Inn

    July 1, 2017 in Tanzania

    This place was on the average side of things, the rooms were dark, out dated and simple (compared to other upgrades for the same price) but that's okay there was one positive - I have a room to myself, I haven't had a room (or tent) to myself in so long. It is going to be nice to be able to do simple things like walk around in my underwear without offending anyone.

You might also know this place by the following names:

Zanzibar Urban/West Region, Zanzibar Urban/West, Mkoa wa Mjini Magharibi

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