Zanzibar Island, also known locally as Unguja, sits right off the coast of Tanzania. In some ways it still belongs to Tanzania, yet it prides itself on being independant with it’s own president. The island relies heavily on the resources from the mainland (Tanzania) such as fresh water & electricity – but that doesn’t stop the charm of this oh-so-rustic little island. There is so much here that with the right eyes – you have everything.
I left Mauritius when I was 21 to Zanzibar and although having just come from another tropical island, being on Zanzibar felt like a whole new world. It caught me. Immediately. I had no idea i’d be there for the next 3 years, but I was, and I loved it. Hard times and Good times. This island is a paradise in more ways than one.
One of the things I love so much about this island, besides it’s incredibly friendly & welcoming population, is the fact that it still has not been overrun by Tourism. Now, fortunately for Zanzibar, the new era of tourism that is starting to appear on the island are a lot more aware. They are chasing the ECO revolution which so many people now a days are after. With this type of tourism, I have hopes it will always remain with it’s laid back charm and one will not be faced with a beach entirely covered by sunburnt toursits, shops, bars & strip clubs.