Have You Done Anything Lately Worth Remembering?

 Last month I had the chance to visit Zanzibar, Tanzania. I remember approaching Daram Salaam on a 3-hour delayed flight from Johannesburg International. Our plane’s wing was faulty so we had to wait two hours in the plane, and then moved to the next available plane. At the airport in Daram Salaam people seemed busy. I remember an eager, young official taking my passport and telling me to pay U$50 for a visa and just to wait there. He disappeared in the crowd, I panicked as I realized he took my passport and I didn’t have any dollars.

I went on through the crowd, located the passport stand and to my surprise and relief, I found it in their possession. They instructed me how to get US dollars but unfortunately the ATM’s were outside the airport. We then had to arranged for officials to escort me to the ATM’s – I had no visa. This felt so embarrassing!

One and a half hours later including a missed flight to Zanzibar, I felt completely stuck, hungry and lost! Dusk was approaching and mosquitos normally come out this time. I had no repellant and no malaria injections. Boy oh boy, was I going to remember this day. I finally managed to reach the South African Airways manager and told him my story. He immediately arranged a seat on the next flight to Zanzibar. I couldn’t believe my luck and hastily caught the last flight out just in time for the mozzies! I gave the manager a big hug, which I’m sure he appreciated and then took off to enjoy two weeks of bliss!

I learned that my experiences and the people within those experiences play an important role in remembering an event. I noticed that I tend to specifically remember those days with uncomfortable experiences and those days with blissful experiences! The rest I guess is history and not worth the space in my mind 🙂

Zanzibar Enchanting Archipelago

Zanzibar consists of small clusters of islands about 40km from the mainland, Tanzania. Nestled in turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean, the archipelago comprises of two main islands called Unguja and Pemba as well as a number of smaller islets and atolls. One can describe Zanzibar as an exotic island paradise blessed with palm fringed shores, timeless fishing villages and lush spice plantations.

Unguja, known as Zanzibar is the largest island measuring around 85km from north to south and 30km east to west. Unique African identity, Zanzibar is shaped by a turbulent history with a colourful cast of characters, from slave traders and sultans to pirates and princesses. Today Zanzibar is a blend of modern and ancient charm with a historic quarter called Stone Town. You will find an exotic blend of Arabic, Indian, European and African architecture of imposing palaces and fascinating maze of narrow streets and alleyways which lead past many old house and mosques, ornate places, shops and bazaars.

Zanzibar is packed with activities that will keep you smiling throughout your stay. From cultural and historical tours to pristine reefs and magical forests, Zanzibar provides it all.

ZANZIBAR ACTIVITIES 

1. Spice and Slave Tours – exploring the country side around Stone Town and meeting the rural communities.

2. Jozani Forest – A narrow belt of land linking east and west coast and home to the island’s most photographed resident, the Zanzibar red colobus monkey.

3. Dolphin and Whale Tours – Swim with dolphins in the Kizimkazi waters and spot whales at the most southerly point of Zanzibar.

4. Diving and Snorkeling – Zanzibar is surrounded by impressive array of coral reefs and marine life.

5. Deep fishing and Blue Safari – A fisherman’s paradise where you can experience spectacular deep-sea fishing and record-breaking catches. Sail away on one of the local carved Swahili dhow and go snorkeling, enjoy a fresh seafood grill with lazy sunbathing on white sandy beaches of the lagoons where dreams are made of.

6. Various Excursions: Prison island trips, sunset and sunrise cruises and sandbank picnics are  only a few of many other mouth-watering experiences waiting for you.

7. Watersports: waterskiing, windsurfing sailing, kitesurfing and kayaking are all available for your pleasure including equipment rental and training.

8. Conferencing and weddings – the perfect setting for large functions, conferences and weddings.

ZANZIBAR ACCOMMODATION

Budget traveller: Baby Bush Lodge and for the discerning traveller: Upendo Villas   (all amazing, I tried it out myself!) 🙂

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