October 27, 2017

The return back to the hotel was fairly quiet and calm. I think I can speak for most of us when I say that these days have been wonderfully long, filled with more action than a normal day, covered in a dab of residual jet lag. We all silently walked into the hotel and went to our rooms. It was kind of nice to be back. I started to unpack my items from the day. When I got to the very bottom of the backpack to remove shells that I had collected, something caught my eye. I couldn’t believe this. I quickly discovered that there was still a very small someone in there alive, hidden in its sh...

October 12, 2017

Photo by Kibuuka Mukisa Oscar @kibuukaphotography for Travel Noire


By now, I started to feel a slight bit of a routine waking up in Zanzibar. I prepared myself for the day ahead. On the itinerary today was the thing I was the most excited about - snorkeling. I had to put some thought into what I was going to bring and wear for the day, even though I honestly had the entire wardrobe planned based on activity before the trip, in an OCD kind of way. Today I would wear the black bikini, underneath the white and black button down topper and the black drawstring li...

September 30, 2017

As an attraction, the history of the Old Forte is not the only draw. Oddly juxtaposed within the old brick walls, there are numerous vendors selling souvenirs; everything to colorful textiles, to regional artwork, hats, bags, and jewelry. The souvenir world was your oyster here. If you were interested, you could even get henna painted on your hand from a woman called, “Big Momma.” Apparently, the old has seamlessly mixed in with the new, as the locals have created a multi-purpose function for the Old Forte. There is also an annual International Film Festival we missed by a few weeks hel...

September 29, 2017

The high intensity of the green that shrouded the island transitioned to an earth brown. What we were now standing in looked similar to a zoo, with a palisade (wall of vertical sticks), the surrounding trees, and designated walkways railed by larger pieces of crossed wood. There were a few small thatched roof structures, but otherwise, it was open space.

Only because of their size, and not because of any rash movements, would you have noticed the inhabitants. Virtually perfectly camouflaged within their environment were the largest tortoises I had ever seen. From a distance, you couldn’t...

September 28, 2017

Somewhere along the way, we all decided on the shuttle bus that we wanted to go to Prison Island for the second half of the day - for our free time. Our, “experience designer,” who I will now call the ED, made arrangements for us with a guide since the entire group was interested. Prior to venturing on this trip, Prison Island was on my mental list of things to see and do while in Zanzibar. It was nice to know that this was going to happen, with everyone, and so quickly. The filling lunch settling in our stomachs made for a quiet trip back to the hotel. By the time we arrived, everythin...

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