Z A N Z I B A R has been #1 on my East African bucket list since we found out we were moving to Kenya. Our time here has flown by and being 30 weeks pregnant, we decided it's now or never. We better embark on our last vacation just the two of us. This trip felt different because the area felt so familiar with the pervasive Swahili culture, climate, and geography. Some people say the truest Kiswahili is spoken in Zanzibar/Tanzania. We spent our first two days in Stone Town, which is basically a bigger, quieter version of our favorite area in Mombasa. We loved walking around the narrow streets, exploring the markets, and comparing it to Mombasa. Omani (Arab), Indian, Persian influences are a little stronger in Zanzibar, the food has more flavor (duh, spice island), it's more accommodating to tourists, and the island itself was enchanting.
|The roof tops of Stone Town|
|Mtoni Palace Ruins|
|The Mtoni Palace was home to Sultan Seyyid Said and his many wives, concubines and children. He moved the capital of his Omani empire from Muscat to Zanzibar during the early 19th century and the palace was abandoned by the late 1890s.|
|Everyone wanted to sell Ben a Taqiyah|
|Who knew Freddy Mercury was born in Zanzibar? His home above|
|191 year old tortoise|