My Experience (cont):
On the last day in Nungwi, we went to the outdoor aquarium. We took a boat taxi (which took us about ten minutes from our hotel) that just added a little something to the experience. You pass by locals playing soccer on the beach and women chatting away while fisherman bring back their catch of the day. The aquarium is basically a turtle sanctuary with turtles of all sizes, from little eety beetie ones to really large ones. We got to feed them some seaweed and watch the babies race each other in the water. We also found an outdoor gym right next door to the aquarium. My husband was so disappointed that we only discovered it on our last day but I was secretly grateful. I suspect he would have sneaked off to go lift some weights every morning had he known it was there. We ended our final day on the north coast watching the sun set over the water, with the kids blissfully playing in the sand and with the calmness of day flowing into night so seamlessly. I think it’s a memory I’ll keep with me forever.
We then set off to Stone Town for one last night in Zanzibar. I feel like we did not have enough time here and would have liked at least another day and night to explore this quaint town. Situated on the harbour, it is bursting with activity. There are markets to discover, new food to try and so much of history to learn, not to mention the beautiful architecture and intricately carved buildings. Shortly after we arrived in Stone Town we took a ferry to Prison Island. As the name suggests it really was a prison which was built on an island but has since turned into a tourist spot, a tortoise enclosure and a hotel I believe. It is also great for snorkelling. Unfortunately for us, we went at high tide on a particularly windy day. The tide was so rough that the beach was almost completely covered and the waves were too strong for swimming let alone snorkelling. The view of Stone Town from the island was still remarkable and the extra large tortoises still made the trip worthwhile. Even better though was when we got back with our ferry and witnessed the locals out on a Saturday evening. There were boys jumping into the ocean from the walls that line the shore, others were practicing their parkour moves and then there were families taking a leisurely stroll along the waterfront. We saw Muslim people all around us and heard the distinct sound of the Athaan when the time for Salatul Maghrib set in. We were lucky to find ourselves in the midst of the Forodhani Food Stalls where you could get steaming shwarmas, hot Nutella filled pancakes, fresh seafood or even fresh fruit juice all in the same place. We ate our fill and headed home. The next morning we all scrambled to make the most of the 2 hours we had left before we had to leave for the airport. Each family decided to do something different so we parted ways and we decided to explore the clothing market for some memorabilia. It was humid, it was hot but oh was it fun. We managed to get something for each of us. Although I would suggest taking local currency into the markets instead of dollars as it’s just easier. With some bargaining (with the store owners) and some blackmail (from our kids) we managed to make it back to the hotel in one piece without any meltdowns. We left for the airport and said goodbye to our friendly shuttle driver (who happily put up with our 6 kids), leaving a little piece of our hearts on this beautiful island.
Zanzibar is an incredible family holiday destination. I would highly recommend it. There is something for everyone and you can’t help but fall in love with its natural beauty and amazing people.
My name is Maryam Moosa. I am from the beautiful country of South Africa. I was lucky enough to marry my best friend and first love. We now have 2 very busy amazing little boys (aged 3 and 5). I love travelling with my family (although I don’t get to do as much of it as I would like to) and experiencing new cultures and places.