Hidden off the Eastern Coast of Tanzania lies the exotic island of Zanzibar. Many cities we visited during our time in East Africa have been heavily influenced by the Western culture, but here on the island, ancient islamic traditions have been safe guarded from the modern man by the crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean. For a magical five days we journeyed back in time to this tropical and bustling island.
Airfare provided by Costal Aviation - The Flying Safari Company.
Our first days on the island were filled wandering the narrow alleys lined by houses, shops, bazaars and mosques in Stone Town. The narrow cobble stone streets were too narrow for cars which created a vibrant city sprawl crowded with motorbikers, shop owners and travelers alike.
During our time exploring Stone Town, we made Mtoni Marine our home. This boutique hotel is operated by Gioia, the most endearing Italian woman who shared with us her favorite spots to enjoy local cuisine and go antiquing. The staff's hospitality and rooms featuring traditional wooden carved pieces left us quickly enamored with this island.