Zanzibar - impressions from a 2007 trip

After having spent 14 days on safari in Northern Tanzania, I flew to Zanzibar for a relaxing week on the beach. I stayed for 6 days at Matemwe Beach Village on the north-eastern tip of the island, followed by 2 days at the Mtoni Marine Hotel in the capital.

During my stay I managed to go diving/snorkling at the Kichwani reef at Mnemba Island, visit a spice farm, and spend a couple of days in Zanzibar City. I had a guided tour in the historic Stone Town, with visits to the House of Wonders, the Palace Museum and the Arab Fort, and saw some of Zanzibar's bustling markets, winding alleyways, and ornately carved and studded doors.

All in all, a great end to my visit to Tanzania!



The sultan himself (Sayyid Majid bin Said ruled Zanzibar between 1856-1870). The muhammed worshipers ruled Zanzibar until 1963


Dhow in sunset. Ultimate Zanzibar view


Narrow street in Stone Town


Street in Stone Town


Street in Stone Town


Vegetable and fruit market


One of those Stone Town doors


Spice market


For an unknown reason, these old carved wooden doors are popular among the tourists


Carved wooden door in Stone Town


Stone Town slave museum


Old and new. The coastal area of Kenya and Tanzania are 90% muslim. The "religion of peace" came to Zanzibar in the 8th century


Stone Town's tallest building in 2007 - the House of Wonders


Stone Town Arab Fort


Forodhani Gardens night food market, Zanzibar Town


Forodhani Gardens market


Forodhani Gardens seafood market


Delicious seafood; shrimps, squid, octopus, crabs ..


Fish market with Blue Marlin surrounded by flies in Zanzibar Town


Food market, Zanzibar Town Food market, Zanzibar Town




Zanzibar city


Zanzibar plant


The green is taking over Stone Town



Another sunset





Local aquaculture, harvesting mwani or seaweed (Eucheuma sp.)


The women havest seaweed, while the men fish in the lagoon




Mwani (seaweed) harvest


Locals scaring fish in the lagoon


Mwani harvest


Nice, it was 26°C in the water


Old wooden Arab dhow in the moonlight


North-Eastern Zanzibar


Check out the color of the water!


Zanzibar diving trip


Diving on the reef, at Kichwani spot at Mnemba Island


Dinner in the "boma" at the Matemwe Beach Village resort


Tinga-tinga, popular East-African art


Bushbabies (might be Brown Greater Galago) in a Coconut Palm (Cocos nucifera)


Beans of the Vanilla Orchid (Vanilla planifolia), Zanzibar spice plantation


Spice plantation worker climbing the palm the traditional way


Herbsman. The "ultimate herb" at the spice plantation ..